Life for Toronto gay village serial killer found guilty of eight murders

Canadian police went to arrest a man they suspected of murder. They found a man tied to his bed

Canadian police went to arrest a man they suspected of murder. They found a man tied to his bed

With each murder carrying a sentence of 25 years, McMahon did not sentence McArthur to serve the punishments, consecutively, meaning he is eligible for parole in 25 years, when he will be 91.

January 29, 2019 - McArthur pleads guilty to all eight charges of first-degree murder.

In his sentencing decision, Ontario Superior Court Justice John McMahon noted the gruesomeness of McArthur's crimes, but said there is a "fine line between retribution and vengeance".

It was not until McArthur killed Andrew Kinsman, a man well-known in the community, that police were able to hone in on a suspect. "The trial would have traumatized many", the judge said.

"It's not enough for the families or for the lives lost", she told reporters. There is no grace.

McArthur stood impassively in a red plaid shirt and grey jumper while the sentence was handed down on Friday.

The investigation would later take police to dozens of properties where McArthur worked, to be excavated in search of evidence.

But as his court case came to a close, the motivation of McArthur, a 67-year-old landscaper, remained unknown. Police later found a folder on McArthur's computer labelled with the man's name that contained images of him.

Then he posed their bodies for photographs, with numerous images featuring the same fur coat.

The court document said police uncovered a duffle bag containing duct tape, a surgical glove, rope, zip ties, a bungee cord, and syringes - evidence pointing to some of the victims being tied up, confined and sexually assaulted prior to their deaths. The remains of the eighth victim were recovered from a nearby ravine.

Most of the killed, as well as McArthur himself, had deep ties to Toronto's LGBTQ community.

The judge said, however, that he had no doubt McArthur would have continued to kill if he wasn't arrested by police past year. Most victims were immigrants and of South Asian or Middle Eastern descent.

In his victim impact statement read earlier this week, Jalill Kayhan, brother of Majeed, said the family had agonized over his disappearance since 2012, not knowing where he went, what happened to him, and then, finally being notified of his "horrific and brutal murder". He added that McArthur's admission of guilt was a mitigating factor in the sentence. Police first identified him as a person of interest when they obtained video footage of Kinsman entering a red 2004 Dodge Caravan - which they later determined to be McArthur's - on June 26, 2017, the day he was last seen alive. Inside the vehicle, which was later discovered in a scrapyard, investigators found DNA that matched Kinsman and Esen. "McArthur also shaved and stored the facial hair from his victims, Cantlon said". Police say McArthur is believed to be responsible for other deaths. All went missing between 2010 and 2017.

At the outset, prosecutors took the unusual step of acknowledging that the authorities had brushed off concerns from gay Toronto residents that they were being stalked by a serial killer.

It also emerged that officers had questioned the killer in 2016 after he was reported for trying to strangle a sexual partner, according to Canadian media reports.

"If it was one of my loved ones (who was a victim) there wouldn't be any sentence that would make me happy", Saunders said.

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