Bruce McArthur is a Canadian serial killer who operated in the Toronto Ontario area from 2010 to 2017. The Toronto Police Department took a pretty big hit from newspapers as many believed he could have been stopped much earlier but because of the bias against the gay community there concerns were not taken seriously. In this article on My Crime Library we are going to take a closer look at serial killer Bruce McArthur.
Bruce McArthur Early Life
Bruce McArthur was born Thomas Donald Bruce McArthur in Lindsay Ontario on October 8, 1951. McArthur grew up on a farm where his parents would take in troubled kids from Toronto. McArthur who attended school in a one room schoolhouse was described by fellow students as a teacher’s pet. Bruce McArthur would later express his true sexual identity would start to appear but he kept it hidden due to society views of homosexuality at the time. Bruce McArthur would marry Janice Campbell when they were both 23
Bruce McArthur would work at a major department store in downtown Toronto that was slowly becoming a gay village. McArthur parents would die in 1978 and in 1981
Bruce McArthur and his wife would buy a home in Oshawa where they would have two children. The marriage would end in 1997 and Bruce McArthur would move back to Toronto as there was more of a gay community.
Bruce McArthur Crimes
In 2001 Bruce McArthur would physically assault another man inside of the man’s apartment. Bruce McArthur would turn himself over to police and told officers he was not sure of why he attacked the man. McArthur would be convicted of assault and sentenced to two years less a day ( In Canada two years less a day is a provincial sentence whereas anything two years and over is a Federal sentence – for my US Friends think State and Federal). However McArthur would serve the sentence at home under house arrest for the first year. In 2014 Bruce McArthur would have his record expunged.
Bruce McArthur Murders
Bruce McArthur would murder at least eight men between the years of 2010 to 2015
Skandaraj “Skanda” Navaratnam – Reported missing September 6, 2010
Abdulbasir “Basir” Faizi – Reported missing December 28, 2010
Majeed “Hamid” Kayhan – Reported missing October 18, 2012
Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam – Reported missing Aug 2015
Soroush Mahmudi – Reported missing Aug 15, 2015
Dean Lisowick – Reported missing April 21, 2016
Selim Esen – Reported missing March 20, 2017
Andrew Kinsman – June 26, 2017
Bruce McArthur would ultimately plead guilty to the murders of eight men and would be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole
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Bruce McArthur is unlikely to harm another person from behind the bars of his tiny cell in Millhaven. Ever.
The rotund landscaping ghoul and former travelling sock salesman is reportedly in failing health and death may come sooner than later.
But the convicted serial killer whose murderous jag came to an abrupt end in a Toronto courtroom a hair more than a year ago left a slew of loose ends.
For starters, no one believes McArthur, 68, started killing gay men when he was 56-years-old. A mountain of evidence says this is nearly impossible.
Pinning more murders on the corpulent killer, that’s another matter.
“Other than if you believe he’s responsible for the gay strip murders in the 1970s… and many people do… there’s this huge gap in his life from the late 1970s to when he came out of the closet in the early 1990s,” said cold case expert Michael Arntfield, a professor at Western University.
“You have to remember, he was doing his killing carefully, successfully. That didn’t happen over night.”
But Arntfield added that tying other homicides to McArthur may be akin to “finding a needle in a haystack.” An unenviable job for cops.
“If there’s no body, there’s no crime scene,” he said.
The only hope to bring closure to families whose loved ones have been missing or whose cases have gone unsolved for decades is if it turns out McArthur was involved and that he “does a Samuel Little” and starts talking. Maybe for his conscience. Maybe for his family.
Samuel Little is the elderly American serial killer who met a Texas Ranger he liked last year and started talking. And talking. And talking.
So far, he has copped to 93 murders of women across the U.S. with such detail, his drawings of the victims have helped cops identify the dead. He is the worst serial killer in American history.
“That’s 93 confessions on murders that never would have been solved unless he provided the dates and locations … Police would have had no ability to tie them all together without his cooperation,” Arntfield said.
In McArthur’s stomping grounds where he peddled socks for years, just two men fit the bill, including a confirmed homicide victim.
On Oct. 21, 1989, a man’s body was found in an isolated area near Napanee in eastern Ontario, north of Hwy. 401.
The South Asian victim had been gagged and his hands were bound. He had been strangled to death.
He was between 35 and 55-years-old with a slight build.
All Bruce McArthur markers.
In a bitter twist, the victim wore and “evil eye” pendant on a gold chain around his neck. It failed spectacularly in warding off evil.
A second possibility is the mysterious death of Ottawa-area teen Shafiq Vikram who vanished in 1994. His body wasn’t discovered until 2016
Arntfield remains skeptical whether the Napanee murder or other potential McArthur homicides will ever be solved, saying “there’s not a lot to go on.”