The investigation into Bruce McArthur has led to more first-degree murder charges.
Bruce McArthur is now officially an accused serial killer.
On Monday, Toronto Police charged McArthur with three more killings, in addition to the two murder charges from Jan. 18. And they say they believe there are more victims and are going through dozens of missing persons reports in the city.
McArthur, 66, is now charged with also killing Majeed Kayhan, 58, Soroush Marmudi, 50, and Dean Lisowick, 47. Police believe he acted alone but are open to looking at the possibility of an accomplice.
“We do believe there are more. I have no idea how many more there are going to be,” Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said. “We’re investigating some 30 properties. We believe there are more remains at some of these properties that we’re working to recover.”
McArthur was arrested Jan. 18 and charged with the first-degree murders of Selim Esen, 44, who disappeared from the Yonge-Bloor Sts. area on April 14, 2017, and Andrew Kinsman, 49, who vanished from Cabbagetown on June 26, 2017.
The men’s bodies were not found before the charges were laid, and police were scouring properties associated with McArthur as part of the investigation.
Police say they found the dismembered skeletal remains of three victims in the backyard of 53 Mallory Cres. in Leaside, where McArthur stored his landscaping business equipment. The victims have not been identified. The remains were hidden in the bottom of three large planters.
Police want anyone who hired McArthur as a landscaper to contact them.
“We know that many in the community are struggling to understand and process these developments,” Idsinga said. “(But the investigation) certainly encompasses more than the gay community. It encompasses the city of Toronto,” Idsinga said.
Police had initially shut down the rumour that a serial killer was prowling the streets of the city’s gay village, stressing in December that they did not know whether Esen’s and Kinsman’s disappearances were linked or even if the men were still living. That has now changed dramatically.
Kayhan was reported missing in October 2012. Marmudi was reported missing in Scarborough by family in August 2015. And Lisowick was not reported missing, but they believe the man, who lived in the city’s shelter system, was killed between May 2016 and July 2017.
TIMELINE OF KEY EVENTS SO FAR
October 2012 — Majeed Kayhan, 58, of Toronto, is reported missing.
November 2012 — Police launch Project Houston to investigate the disappearance of three men from Toronto’s gay village, including Kayhan.
April 2014 — Police close Project Houston, saying none of their findings would classify anyone as a suspect of a criminal offence.
August 2015 — Soroush Mahmudi, 50, of Toronto, is reported missing.
May 2016 – July 2017 — Police believe Dean Lisowick, 47, of no fixed address, was killed by McArthur during this timespan.
April 14, 2017 — Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing from the area of Toronto’s Yonge and Bloor streets.
June 26, 2017 — Andrew Kinsman, 49, is reported missing from the area of Parliament and Winchester streets.
August 2017 — Police launch Project Prism to investigate the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman.
September 2017 — Project Prism officers identify Bruce McArthur “as someone to be included or excluded as being involved in the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman.”
Dec. 8, 2017 — Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations. He denies that there is evidence suggesting a serial killer is walking the streets of Toronto.
Jan. 17, 2018 — Police uncover evidence suggesting McArthur was responsible for both Kinsman and Esen’s deaths, along with the deaths of other unidentified people.
Jan. 18, 2018 — McArthur is arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Esen and Kinsman. Police say McArthur is believed to be responsible for other deaths.
Jan. 19, 2018 — McArthur has his first court appearance.
Jan. 29, 2018 — McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Mahmudi, Kayhan and Lisowick. Police call McArthur an alleged serial killer and say more victims may be identified.