Gay Village Serial Killer Gets Life Sentence for Murdering Eight Men

Gay Village Serial Killer Gets Life Sentence for Murdering Eight Men

Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur has been handed eight life sentences in Toronto after being found guilty of eight counts of first degree murder.

He could have followed the Crown's recommendation and sentenced McArthur to life without parole eligibility for 50 years.

During his decision McMahon spoke about the good work by Toronto police in capturing McArthur and said that there was no doubt in his mind that had they not intervened when they did, McArthur would have killed the man found tied to his bed at the time of arrest.

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

"First, their loved ones went missing... in numerous victim impact statements friends and families recount searching for months on end fruitlessly, holding on to hope their loved one was alive and well", he said. She said she had "lost any motivation for life" and that she didn't want to live in a world "which became so terribly cruel". The community has gone through so much pain already. "The family friends and the community have been victimized twice - once when they went missing ... then again when they learn the horrific truth", McMahon said.

McArthur lured men in Toronto's Gay Village, and later staged photos with some of the corpses, where he would dress them up in fur coats and put cigars in their mouths.

Meaghan Gray, a spokeswoman for Toronto Police, had said that over the years law enforcement had launched two investigations, Project Houston and Project Prism, "to do everything possible to locate the missing men".

However, Helen Kennedy, the executive director of LGBT+ rights group Egale, said an independent judge-led investigation should be carried out into the police's handling of McArthur case specifically.

McArthur pleaded guilty on January 29. A search of the suspect's hard drive for evidence revealed eight folders labeled with the names of different men. Numerous photos were taken after their deaths, with the bodies of six of them posed with a fur coat and props. Concurrent means McArthur will serve the sentences simultaneously.

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Yet a monster who stalked Toronto's gay village and preyed on eight of its most vulnerable gets a lighter sentence?

Police said that from August 2017, when McArthur was first named as person of interest, to the months after when he was put under surveillance, they worked to ensure he would not kill again.

Most of the victims were immigrants of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent, Cantlon told the court.

His reign of terror, begun in 2010 and only brought to an end 13 months ago, stole the lives of eight souls loved and missed and yet it's as if he were allowed to kill seven of them for free. Bottom row (left to right) are Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Kirushna Kanagaratnam and Majeed Kayhan.

Surveillance footage from Kinsman's neighborhood showed him entering a red Dodge Caravan identified as belonging to McArthur.

McArthur sexually assaulted and forcibly confined many of his victims before murdering them, court heard.

Faizi was reported missing on December 29, 2010, Kayhan was reported missing in October 2012, and Mahmudi was reported missing in August 2015.

Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam's mother, brother and cousin, who came to Toronto from Sri Lanka, appeared outside the courthouse following the sentence; his mother wiping away tears.

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