BRUCE MCARTHUR: Accused serial killer now charged with seventh murder

Saul Bowman
April 12, 2018

The alleged Canadian serial killer accused of burying his victims in garden planters is now facing a seventh murder charge, prosecutors in Toronto announced Wednesday.

Toronto police have now charged 66 year old Bruce McArthur with a 7th count of first degree murder, as their investigation expands even further.

According to a source with knowledge of the probe, McArthur will face a seventh murder charge.

Toronto police are expected to reveal "substantial" developments in their investigation on Wednesday afternoon.

McArthur was initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Selim Esen, 44, and Andrew Kinsman, 49, when he was arrested on January 18 - a day after Toronto Police found human remains buried in planters at a home on Mallory Cr. where he allegedly stored landscaping equipment. A Crown lawyer said outside court that the charge relates to the death of Abdulbasir Faizi, who disappeared shortly after Christmas more than seven years ago.

"As a result of tips and help from the public we hope to begin searches of properties associated to Mr. McArthur with our K9 unit", Idsinga said.

November 2012 - Police launch Project Houston to investigate the disappearances of Faizi, Navaratnam and Kayhan.

Police have recovered the remains of seven people and have thus far identified three men: Andrew Kinsman, 49, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40. It closed after 18 months as it did not establish the whereabouts of the missing men or resolve the circumstances on their disappearances, police said.

Idsinga said the investigation has expanded to include 15 homicide cold cases from 1975 to 1997.

The relative said police initially believed Faizi had left on his own accord, resulting in his wife divorcing him as she believed he abandoned her and their two daughters. Hank Idsinga released a photograph of an unidentified man that he believes is a victim of Bruce McArthur.

In March, police also released a photo of a dead man believed to be another victim.

However, Judi said her missing brother had visited Toronto to get some landscaping work and he reportedly stayed at hostels in the Gay Village.

McArthur was also charged in the death of Skandaraj Navaratnam in February. He is scheduled to return to court April 25 to find out whether any more evidence has been turned over to the defence.

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