Alleged Canadian serial killer charged with 8th murder

Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur accused of killing eighth victim

Toronto police are slated to release more details this morning on the mystery man in a photograph found on alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur's computer.

The 66-year-old landscaper is now facing seven first-degree murder charges for allegedly killing Andrew Kinsman, 49; Selim Esen, 44; Majeed Kayhan, 59; Soroush Mahmudi, 50; Dean Lisowick, 47; Skandaraj "Skanda" Navaratnam, 40, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 42. Police had previously identified the remains of six other victims in those planters.

Idsinga said Kanagaratnam was never reported missing and was not identified until after police released an image that generated hundreds of tips. He had been living in Scarborough and had "distant" relatives in the Toronto area.

Little more than one month after releasing a digitally altered photo of the victim, police identified the man as Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam. But Idsinga confirmed last week the man may not be from Toronto, and said investigators had been following up with some worldwide agencies in relation to the photo. Although police initially said they found the remains of eight people, Idsinga could not definitely say if, between the various body parts found in the planters, the remains of other victims not yet identified were mixed in. Detectives have said Lisowick didn't fit the profile of the earlier victims, who were gay and of Middle Eastern descent. Another alleged victim was homeless, smoked crack cocaine and worked as a prostitute.

Police say McArthur targeted men he encountered through dating apps that cater to gay men, meeting them at bars in the Gay Village.

Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, was killed between Sept 3, 2015 and December 14, 2015 police said Monday in announcing the new first-degree murder charge against the 66-year-old former landscaper.

"We have lots of searches left to do as the weather gets warmer", Idsinga said. It's unknown whether he will be facing further charges, but investigators are looking into murders and disappearances going back as far as 1975.

McArthur was arrested in January and charged with the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, who went missing from Toronto's gay village in 2017. His lawyer has previously declined to comment on the case and didn't immediately respond to messages for comment on Monday. He has not entered a plea.



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