Bruce McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder when the 67-year-old appeared in a downtown Toronto courtroom today and admitted to killing eight men between 2010 and 2017.
The self-employed landscaper was arrested in January 2018 after years of speculation within Toronto’s Gay Village neighbourhood that missing persons cases were connected.
Ultimately, McArthur was charged in the deaths of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.
In the downtown Toronto court on Tuesday, as the name of each of his victims was read out, McArthur replied “guilty” in a quiet voice.
Michael Canton, a lawyer for the Crown, revealed some details of the killings, telling the court that each murder included planning and deliberation, and was sex related.
He also said McArthur kept souvenirs from his victims, including jewellery.
According to the Crown, sentencing will take place next week, when more details of the case will be revealed.