Published: Thu, April 12, 2018

Bruce McArthur faces seventh murder charge

Bruce McArthur faces seventh murder charge

The alleged Canadian serial killer accused of burying his victims in yard planters is now going by means of a seventh murder value, prosecutors in Toronto launched Wednesday. Police say McArthur is believed to be responsible for other deaths.

Bruce McArthur, who appeared in court through a video link, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Abdulbasir Faizi.

"The investigators felt that he had abandoned his family and did not want to be found", said Faizi's wife Kareema Faizi in a court affadavit, reported CBS News.

Police are also still reviewing seven cold case files dating back to the 1970s involving gay men who were slain in Toronto's downtown core after leaving bars popular in the LGBTQ community. "From this list over 70 potential identities for the unknown man in the photograph have been received, the majority of this potential identities have been eliminated but we continue to work on 22 of them".

In addition to the ongoing homicide investigation, there are a number of other related probes, including an internal investigation that a source says is related to a previous police interview of McArthur.

Kayhan's remains have not been identified thus far, Idsinga said.

At least seven sets of remains, including Faizi's, have been recovered from planters located at the home, police have said.


Later in January, they charged him with the deaths of Majeed Kayhan, 58, missing since 2012; Mahmudi, reported missing in 2015; and Lisowick, a homeless man who hasn't been reported missing but whom police believe may have died between May 2016 and July 2017.

Some of the remains, police said, belong to 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman, 50-year-old Soroush Mahmudi, and 40-year-old Skandaraj Navaratnam. Police also remain on the scene of McArthur's east-Toronto apartment, calling it an unprecedented investigative scene.

His is the fifth and final missing person case investigated by police in projects Houston and Prism to be positively linked to McArthur and confirmed deceased.

Idsinga said they have succeeded in obtaining "quite a few exhibits" from the property and expects they will be there for a couple of weeks more.

"I think it's easily set the record for a forensic examination of an apartment", Idsinga said.

They have not specified how the victims were killed.

Police also released a new version of the photo, enhanced by LGBT activist Nikki Ward, and an artistic rendering of the man in hopes of getting more tips.

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