Toronto serial killer staged photographs with victims, court hears

Blanche Robertson
February 8, 2019

The discovery of the Caravan was a crucial addition to the mounting record of evidence that convinced police McArthur was a serial killer, Crown prosecutor Michael Cantlon said Monday as McArthur's sentencing hearing for eight counts of first-degree murder opened in the city he preyed upon over the better part of a decade.

For each guilty plea, McArthur will receive a sentence of life in prison without eligibility for parole for 25 years.

"McArthur sought out and exploited these vulnerabilities to continue his crimes undetected", said Cantlon.

In his post-murder "rituals", McArthur posed his dead victims, photographing them as they lay naked on a fur coat or with an unlit cigar in their mouths and a rope around their necks. Surveillance images and video showed a van picking Kinsman up, a vehicle that was later traced to McArthur.

In addition to Faizi, Kanagaratnam, Mahmudi and Kayhan, McArthur has admitted to killing Skandaraj Navaratnam, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Listowick, Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman.

McArthur was the only one who owned the 2004 model, the only one whose auto had chrome siding and lacked fog lights, and the only one Toronto police had recently brought in for an interview - an encounter in June 2016 during which McArthur, under arrest for assault but never charged, told his questioners where he lived.

The cases ranged from 2010 to 2017.

His landscaping business was small, but he periodically hired workers, including a 40-year-old man who disappeared in 2010.

McArthur went to the police station on his own and was arrested, but gave an exculpatory statement, court heard.

By this time, McArthur was very much on the police radar after officers has linked his auto to the 2017 disappearance of Andrew Kinsman, later revealed as the eighth murder victim, court heard.

At the start of the hearing, Cantlon validated the fears of Toronto's LGBTQ2 communities.

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McArthur, now 67, moved to the Toronto area around 2000 and previously lived in a suburb where he was married, raised two children and worked as a travelling salesman of underwear and socks.

The disciplinary hearing of a detective accused of failing to act in the case of serial killer Bruce McArthur began Tuesday with the officer's lawyer challenging the independence of the tribunal and criticizing the police chief. McArthur did not respond and "continued squeezing the larynx" of the victim, who was unable to swallow properly for a week, Cantlon said.

Vijayanathan said most of McArthur's victims fell into demographics that can be fearful of law enforcement, cut off from social supports and ostracized from society at large.

He also kept items belonging to the victims.

McArthur was even arrested following the incident and investigated by police but ultimately he was set free without any charges.

The Crown is seeking a life sentence for him with no parole for 50 years.

He also said that Gauthier has the "greatest sympathy" for McArthur's victims and families.

Patricia Kinsman, a sister of Kinsman's, said she thinks every day about how he was killed by someone who knew him for 15 years.

When they reached the bedroom, McArthur told John they would have to hurry because someone was expected at the apartment, the prosecutor said.

Among her emotions is the vengefulness she feels toward McArthur, who sat motionless for the second straight day as the impact statements were read aloud in sequence.

"However, that's little consolation to the void he's created", Healey said.

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