Bruce McArthur is now officially an accused serial killer.
The man who was initially arrested on January 18 and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman now faces three additional counts of first-degree murder, bringing the total to five in what police are calling a serial killing case that the city has never seen before.
All five victims have links to Toronto’s Gay Village, though two of the victims identified today “don’t quite fit the profile” of previous victims, Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga told reporters Monday. “It encompasses more than the gay community. It encompasses the City of Toronto.”
Idsinga: This investigation is unprecedented. Police have never seen anything like this. “It’s an alleged serial killer.”— Wendy Gillis (@wendygillis) January 29, 2018
The three additional counts of first-degree murder are in relation to the deaths of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Marmudi and Dean Lisowick.
Lisowick - who would have been 47-years-old at the time of his death - was never reported missing to police. Investigators believe he was murdered between May 2016 and July 2017.
Marmudi was 50-years-old when he was reported missing by his family in Scarborough. Majeed Kayhan was 58.
“We do believe there are more,” Idsinga said. “We have no idea how many more there are going to be.”
Idsinga: Remains so far have been found in planters. Police working their way through McArthur’s landscaping clients.— Wendy Gillis (@wendygillis) January 29, 2018
There are "at least" the remains of three people among the body parts recovered on Mallory Cres.— Jenna Moon (@_jennamoon) January 29, 2018
McArthur was arrested earlier this month and charged with the first-degree murders of Selim Esen, 44, who disappeared from the Yonge-Bloor Street area on April 14, 2017, and Andrew Kinsman, 49, who vanished from Cabbagetown on June 26, 2017.
Idsinga told reporters that the remains from “at least” three victims were found at the bottom of three large planters, which were located on properties linked to McArthur. Over a dozen more planters from around the city have since been obtained by police, who believe there are more remains at the 30 properties linked to McArthur.