Suspect in Toronto gay village slayings a serial killer, police allege

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Justin Ling, Tu Thanh Ha, and Jesse Winter write in the Globe and Mail:

Toronto police now consider Bruce McArthur an alleged serial killer, saying that during a span of several years, the white-haired landscaper murdered at least five men and buried dismembered human remains in a backyard in a quiet residential area.

Grim-faced and with hands cuffed behind his back, Mr. McArthur appeared briefly in court on Monday and was charged with three more counts of first-degree murder in addition to the two murder counts filed against him 10 days ago.

The police search has expanded to about 30 properties around Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario.

The scope of the case is unprecedented, homicide Detective-Sergeant Hank Idsinga told reporters. “I’ve seen large-scale investigations before, with dozens and dozens of officers working on them. We’ve never seen anything like this with the number of crime scenes.”

The latest charges are in connection with the deaths of Majeed Kayhan, 58, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Dean Lisowick, 47.

Mr. Kayhan was one of three gay men whose 2012 disappearance was investigated by police with no success. He, as with the other two victims named on Monday, and Mr. McArthur, all have connections to the area of Church and Wellesley, Toronto’s gay village.

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