Toronto Landscaper Killed at Least 5 Men, Police Say

Feb 01, 2018, 00:18
Toronto Landscaper Killed at Least 5 Men, Police Say

McArthur is now being referred to as an alleged serial killer, police said.

Police in Canada say they are undertaking the grim task of searching backyards, flowerbeds and planters for human remains after a Toronto gardener was charged with killing at least five men and dismembering their bodies.

McArthur, now accused of five counts of first-degree murder allegedly spanning from 2012 to a year ago, is now the subject of what's poised to become the most ambitious homicide investigation in the city's history.

Peter Sgromo told The Associated Press that he had a violent sexual encounter with McArthur last April in McArthur's van after they met for drinks in Toronto's gay village.

He was well-known in the Gay Village, Toronto's main LGBT neighborhood, The Globe and Mail reports. Kayhan disappeared in 2012 and Mahmudi disappeared in 2015, police said.

The Toronto Police Department has faced criticism for initially trying to quell fears that a serial killer was targeting the community. However, in August 2017, the police started Project Prism, which was an attempt to find the whereabouts of Esen and Kinsman.

Investigators have seized 12 such planters and continue to search the properties with the belief that there are more remains to be recovered. He was charged January 18 with the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen.

Idsinga added: "Mr McArthur earned his living as a landscaper".

Police say McArthur is believed to have killed three men identified as Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Marmudi and Dean Lisowick.

Police have not released any of the causes of death, though Idsinga has previously said they have a pretty good idea of how Kinsman and Esen died. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said at a news conference on Monday.

They have identified 30 properties linked to McArthur through his landscaping business. "He went above and beyond what our original agreement was to cut the grass".

Idsinga said detectives are examining missing persons cases as far back as 2010 that may be connected to McArthur, though that scope of the investigation may expand.

"He was like Santa Claus". He was charged Monday with three additional counts, according to The Star in Toronto.

His sentence required that he abstain from the consumption of amyl nitrate, also known as poppers, that he not be in the presence of male prostitutes, and that he stay away from a section of downtown Toronto that included the Gay Village.

Toronto police are appealing to customers of a suspected landscape gardener serial killer to get in touch in case he buried bodies in their gardens.

Bradford also believes an issue that can motivate serial killers to target homosexuals is their inability to come to terms with their own homosexuality.

"He had wonderful clients and he was kind and generous to them", said Fraser on As It Happens, describing McArthur as a "cheerful, kind grandfather", who would make her laugh with stories about demanding clients.

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