Bruce McArthur, Toronto's Gay Village Serial Killer, Sentenced To Life In Prison

Bruce McArthur, Toronto's Gay Village Serial Killer, Sentenced To Life In Prison

Toronto's police chief says the sentence handed down on February 8 to serial killer Bruce McArthur means the man will never see daylight again.

McMahon said forbidding McArthur from asking for parole for 50 years would primarily have been a symbolic act, which isn't an objective of sentencing.

McArthur pleaded guilty last week to murdering eight men from Toronto's gay village.

But on Friday, when McMahon sentenced 67-year-old serial killer Bruce McArthur to life in prison without parole eligibility for 25 years, one chapter of the ordeal suffered by the friends, family and other loved ones of his victims had been closed.

McArthur pleaded guilty to killing Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam. The remains of the eighth victim were recovered from a nearby ravine.

Saunders also defended the work of his investigators, who have been criticized for not acting sooner on concerns from the LGBTQ community that a serial killer was responsible for the disappearances of several men from the gay village.

But the sentence McArthur ended up receiving Friday, the Associated Press says, was the most lenient option on the table.

Police were able to track McArthur down after they discovered surveillance footage of his last victim - Kinsman - entering a van linked to McArthur.

McArthur's string of murders has prompted an inquiry by a retired judge into how the Toronto police handle missing persons cases and whether their investigations are influenced by the sexuality or race of those who have vanished.

Karen Fraser, the owner of the home, who had casually met two of the victims, has said she is "haunted" by the case. Most victims were immigrants and of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent.

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"We will continue to do what we can to support the community and look for opportunities to improve our relationship", Gray said in an email to The Washington Post.

"Hopefully, one thing that comes out of this is better lines of communication between the police and marginalised communities across the city", he added.

Asked about allegations of bias, Meaghan Gray, a spokeswoman for the Toronto police, said the force launched two investigations, Project Houston and Project Prism, "to do everything possible to locate the missing men".

Evidence revealed in a hearing showed McArthur kept items from his victims and had photographs of them on his computer.

Andrew Kinsman, his final victim, had written "Bruce" in a calendar on the date of his disappearance.

January 17, 2018 - Police uncover evidence suggesting McArthur was responsible for both Kinsman and Esen's deaths, along with the deaths of other unidentified people. Numerous photos were taken after their deaths, with the bodies of six of them posed with a fur coat and props.

A ninth folder was labeled with the name of the man tied to the bed. He thanked both the prosecution and the defence, noting "it is not easy to defend a serial killer".

"This is a crime of stark horror", prosecutor Michael Cantlon said in a statement after the sentencing.

Kinsman, a LGBT activist, former bartender and an apartment building superintendent who knew McArthur for about 15 years, was an exception.

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