For years, men kept going missing. The police refused to believe there was a serial killer on the loose.
A suspect has finally been arrested and charged with the murder of two men in Toronto's Church and Wellesley village, a hub of the LGBTQ+ community known as Toronto's "gay village."
Now, the police are saying that those two men, who went missing last summer, were most likely not the killer's only victims.
Selim Esen (44) and Andrew Kinsman (49) both went missing in the summer of 2017 — Esen in April and Kinsman in June.
After denying there was a serial killer targeting Toronto's LGBTQ community, police charge 66-year-old man in murde… https://t.co/ibroeDi6hL— National Post (@National Post)1516302103.0
Between 2010 and 2012, three other men from that area in Toronto have gone missing: Skandaraj “Skanda" Navaratnam (43), Abdulbasir “Basir" Faizi (44), and Majeed “Hamid" Kayhan (58).
Despite months of the police insisting otherwise in the face of disappearance after disappearance, it seems increas… https://t.co/FeEHXk6Z3w— Anthony Oliveira (@Anthony Oliveira)1516302060.0
CP24 has reported that following a police search of his home, McArthur has been linked to two more murders.
Source tells CP24 that Bruce McArthur is now being connected to an additional two gay men's deaths, bringing his ta… https://t.co/iDFryoHNr3— Anthony Oliveira (@Anthony Oliveira)1516383830.0
Vice found a Facebook page belonging to a man named Bruce McArthur who's in his 60s and is self-employed, with a landscaping business. That same man has a profile on a gay dating website, silverdaddies.com. These details are all in line with what has been released by the police."I can be a bit shy until I get to know you," McArthur's profile read, "but am a romantic at heart. I love to cook and enjoy most types of food. Just here to see what's out there and maybe make a few new friends." But there's more to this story...
The extent of McArthur's relationships with the victims is still being investigated, but police believe they were "sexual" in nature.Facebook photos show that McArthur was a Santa Claus at a local mall in Toronto for at least the last two years. In 2015, he posted a photo of himself with the caption, "Back in the Santa Chair for another year." According to Vice, "several of the photos depict him dressed up as Santa and holding small children and babies."
Yes, it's creepy and strange to think about a mall Santa being a serial killer.
Wow....serial killer in toronto caught ......he was THE SANTA CLAUS at Eaton Center this year!!!! your kid sat on a killers lap !— Gabriel Morency (@Gabriel Morency)1516310446.0
Toronto's LGBT community has spent months insisting something was rotten, and Toronto's police left us to find the… https://t.co/I6FDUhacla— Anthony Oliveira (@Anthony Oliveira)1516303947.0
Kinsman's former roomate Ted Healey told CTV Toronto, "I'm glad this is starting to end. If there are other people affected by this gentleman, I'd just like to say I feel for them. I really do."
This case is terrifying and surreal. So many in the community were right all along — and they're heartbroken over it.— Justin Ling (@Justin Ling)1516323232.0