Seventh Murder Charge For Suspected Serial Killer

The Toronto Star reports:

Another murder charge was laid Wednesday against Bruce McArthur, bringing the number of people he is alleged to have killed to seven. McArthur, 66, appeared in court via video this morning to face his latest first-degree murder charge in the death of 42-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi, one of three missing men at the centre of Project Houston. The College Park courtroom was moderately full, mostly with media there for McArthur’s appearance. He appeared via video dressed in an orange jumpsuit, standing close to the camera.

In the wake of this case, the Toronto police board voted unanimously to commission an external investigation into how the force conducts missing-persons probes. The independent investigation, initiated by groups within the LGBTQ community and brought forward by Mayor John Tory, comes in the wake of escalating questions about police action — or inaction — in the disappearances of the missing people from Toronto’s Gay Village.