TORONTO: Police Recover Six Bodies At Site Linked To Suspected Serial Killer Of Gay Men, Search Continues

The Toronto Sun reports:

Toronto police have now recovered the remains of six individuals in an investigation into what they have described as the work of a serial killer. Bruce McArthur, 66, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the disappearances of Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick.

Speaking Thursday at a home on Mallory Cres., near Bayview and Moore Aves., where Bruce McArthur mowed the owner’s lawn in exchange for storing landscaping equipment in the garage, Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Kinsman’s remains are among those recovered.

Investigators have expanded their search to more than 30 properties tied to McArthur’s landscaping business. Police have been at the Mallory house since Jan. 18, when they arrived with a search warrant forcing Karen Fraser and Ron Smith to leave their home.

The Daily Mail reports:

Rumors of a serial killer have stalked Toronto’s gay community, leading to anger at cops’ apparent failure to take concerns seriously until all too recently. When police finally moved to arrest McArthur they found a young man, handcuffed to a bed but unharmed, in his high-rise apartment.

It has since transpired that they had his apartment under surveillance and were spurred into action when they saw the young man enter McArthur’s home.

Now DailyMailTV can disclose that the 66-year-old landscaper bludgeoned a man with a metal pipe in 2001 and was convicted on three counts – possession of a dangerous weapon, assault with a weapon, and assault causing bodily harm – in 2003.

The attack was so violent that he was sentenced to two years less a day of a conditional sentence, and three years probation as well as having a host of conditions imposed upon being spared jailtime. He was banned from the streets that constitute Toronto’s gay village and forbidden from consorting with male prostitutes.