The Toronto landscaper who was arrested and charged with the murder of two gay men last week has been charged with the murder of three more men.
Police are now saying it’s safe to call Bruce McArthur (above) a “serial killer” after the 66-year-old was charged with first degree murder in the deaths of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Marmudi, and Dean Lisowisk, all of whom had been reported missing.
The arrest came after investigators found dismembered skeletal remains of three unidentified victims “hidden at the bottom of planters” at a home McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business.
Toronto Police Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said during a press conference:
“The city of Toronto has never seen anything like this. It’s a serial killer. An alleged serial killer. He has taken some steps to cover his tracks and we have to uncover these victims and identify these victims.”
Authorities are now searching through planters, flower pots, and backyards throughout the city for more possible victims. The detective added:
“We do believe there are more (victims). I have no idea how many more there are going to be.”
Police have yet to confirm if the skeletal remains are those of the men McArthur is accused of killing, Idsinga added, and are awaiting the results of a DNA test.
But McArthur has already been charged with first-degree murder in the presumed deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman, who were both reported missing from Toronto’s Gay Village area last year.
Per the Toronto Star, Idsinga had previously confirmed that McArthur was known in Toronto’s Gay Village and was in a relationship with Kinsman, but did not comment on the suspect’s connection to the other victims.
Idsigna revealed that Kayhan, a 58-year-old immigrant from Afghanistan, is believed to have been killed in October 2012; Mahmudi, 50, is believed to have been killed in August 2015; and Lisowick, a 47-year-old who lived at a shelter, is believed to have been killed between April 2016 and March 2017.
Police plan to excavate at least two sites associated with McArthur’s work in the search for more possible victims. The suspect remains in custody and will appear in court via video on Valentine’s Day (February 14), of all days.
Tragic. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims (pictured below).
Shown from left top are: Selim Esen, 44 and Dean Lisowick, 47. From bottom left are: Majeed Kayhan, 58, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Soroush Mahmudi, 50.