Suspected Toronto serial killer charged with 8th murder

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Suspected Toronto serial killer charged with 8th murder

Alleged Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur has been charged with an eighth count of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of missing men from the city's gay community.

The 66-year-old landscaper is now facing seven first-degree murder charges for allegedly killing Andrew Kinsman, 49; Selim Esen, 44; Majeed Kayhan, 59; Soroush Mahmudi, 50; Dean Lisowick, 47; Skandaraj "Skanda" Navaratnam, 40, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 42.

McArthur, 66, is now facing seven counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of several men who disappeared from Toronto's LGBTQ neighbourhood between 2010 and 2017.

Although police initially said they found the remains of eight people, Idsinga could not definitely say if, between the various body parts found in the planters, the remains of other victims not yet identified were mixed in.

Kanagaratnam was among at least seven bodies which were found at a home in Toronto where McArthur stored some of his landscaping equipment. He had been living in Scarborough and had "distant" relatives in the Toronto area.

Kanagaratnam's remains were recovered from planters at a central Toronto home, Idsinga said.

Kanagaratnam's photograph was released by investigators last month.

The alleged victims fit a pattern: Most were of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent and lived on the margins of Canadian society, their disappearances attracting little attention. Another was a recent immigrant with a drug problem.

"There's enough information on the backgrounds of these people that people can draw their own conclusions on that", Idsinga said. McArthur, Idsinga believes, killed Kanagaratnam between Sept 3, 2015 and December 14, 2015 - less than a month after another alleged victim, Soroush Mahmudi, was reported missing by his family.

Police received more than 500 tips after releasing the photo and whittled the list of potential identities down to 70 potential names last Wednesday.

At a news conference Monday morning, police said his remains were found on a Leaside property linked to McArthur. Police plan to search them once the weather warms in early May.

The sprawling investigation into McArthur is probing cold cases that go as far back as 1975.

It is likely that McArthur will face charges in relation to the man's death. He has not entered a plea.

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