It was crystal clear on Monday morning exactly how little remorse Bruce McArthur felt for committing his horrible crimes. It appeared as though he didn’t feel anything at all. Bruce McArthur stood emotionless at his sentencing hearing on Monday as the friends and families of his victims read heart-wrenching statements about their loved ones, in the hopes of making McArthur share in their suffering.
The largest outpour of statements came from those closest to McArthur’s final victim, 49-year old Andrew Kinsman. According to The Star, Kinsman had close ties to Toronto’s gay community. His alert nature eventually led to the killer’s arrest.
“I felt contempt at the hubris of a murderer thinking that Andrew, our beloved community pollinator, could be vanished without consequence,” detailed Kinsman's friend Meaghan Marian.
Kinsman had made a little note on his calendar the day of his disappearance, a reminder that read “Bruce” - this small act is what ultimately led police to McArthur. The disturbing details of the crimes themselves were so graphic that many in-court reporters issued warnings to their followers on Twitter to “mute” their threads to avoid being updated on the grisly nature of the case.
Sadly, one of the images shown in court. Serial Killer Bruce McArthur had this photo of his victim Andrew Kinsman saved on his computer: pic.twitter.com/W4doNOBdaF— Cristina Tenaglia (@cristina_CP24) February 4, 2019
I'm back at the University Avenue courtroom house where the sentencing process begins for serial killer Bruce Mcarthur. First up is the agreed statement of facts. It will likely feature some graphic and disturbing information. Details to follow in this thread.— Momin Qureshi (@Momin680NEWS) February 4, 2019
McArthur bound his victims before strangling them. He would then shave them, dress their bodies in fur coats and shove cigarettes in their mouths. He made a mockery out of his victim’s remains for his own twisted pleasure.
McArthur confessed to the killings of eight men, and his trial is still ongoing. His victims are as follows: Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40; Abdulbasir Faizi, 44; Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37; Dean Lisowick, 47; Soroush Mahmudi, 50; Majeed Kayhan, 58; Salim Esen, 44; and Andrew Kinsman, 49.
McArthur's hearing is scheduled to resume at 10:00 AM today. It is uncertain at the moment exactly how long court proceedings will continue, but it is likely the will extend through the week.