Canadian gay village serial killer sentenced to life in prison

Canadian gay village serial killer sentenced to life in prison

Senior police officials, including Chief Mark Saunders, said they are satisfied with Bruce McArthur's sentence Friday as they continued to field questions about why it took so long for the man who killed eight men over seven years to be stopped.

During his decision McMahon spoke about the good work by Toronto police in capturing McArthur and said that there was no doubt in his mind that had they not intervened when they did, McArthur would have killed the man found tied to his bed at the time of arrest.

He referenced the victim impact statement of Rev. Deana Dudley, of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, who had written that it's impossible to overstate the impact of the murders on the LGBT community.

McMahon said he had no doubt that McArthur would have continued to kill if he weren't arrested by police previous year.

McArthur's victims were his former lover, two Afghan immigrants, two refugees from Sri Lanka and another from Iran, a Turkish national, and a homeless sex worker. All went missing between 2010 and 2017. He called their dismemberments pure evil, but said the guilty plea spared a jury four months of gruesome evidence.

Members of Toronto's gay community claim their concerns that a serial killer was targetting them were not treated seriously by police.

"I make no comment nor do I know the facts of what transpired in earlier investigations", Justice McMahon told court, addressing the lead investigators. Families and friends of the respective men were not given the closure that they deserved in a timely manner.

The crown wanted 50 years but I think 200 - 25 years for eight slain men to be served consecutively - would have sent a stronger message.

A man said that McArthur had tried to choke him in the back of his van but that he escaped.

According to court documents, the murders were planned and deliberate and six of them were sexual in nature.

Investigators sift through garden planters for remains of McArthur's victims. "The trial would have traumatized many", the judge said.

A mural in the Gay Village area of Toronto, where five victims disappeared, Feb 8, 2019. A two-year investigation into the disappearances ended without charges in 2014.

But if McArthur believed they would go unmissed, he miscalculated. "Worries about entering relationships, and fear of becoming a victim", he said.

"Although Mr. McArthur has taken responsibility by pleading guilty, there has been no evidence I can see of remorse", said Justice John McMahon. On his computer they would uncover an empty digital folder with his first name - "John" - akin to others created for each of his victims to store images.

"Victims were posed naked, with cigars in their mouth, shaved, and/or made to wear a fur coat and hat", prosecutor Michael Cantlon told a court on Monday during the first day of the sentencing hearing.

McArthur had not acknowledged his sexual orientation until he was in his 40s. He was last seen leaving a village bar in September 2010.

A psychiatric assessment after his first run-in with the law in 2001 - for beating a male prostitute with a metal pipe, for which he served no time in prison - said he likely harbored "underlying resentments" but concluded that he was not unsafe.

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