Gay serial killer Bruce McArthur given eight life sentences

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In his sentencing decision, Ontario Superior Court Justice John McMahon noted the gruesomeness of McArthur's crimes, but said there is a "fine line between retribution and vengeance".

But questions continued to dog Saunders over his statement on December 8, 2017, where he said that, to his knowledge, there was no evidence to suggest a serial killer was operating in Toronto's Gay Village. Two of Kinsman's sisters would occasionally nod in agreement when McMahon would describe the depraved nature of McArthur's actions, and shake their heads at some of the graphic details of his crimes, particularly those about their brother.

"We're presuming that homophobia and racism had something to do with how much energy and effort went into investigating Project Houston", he said, referring to an investigation into three missing men later found to be among McArthur's victims.

"The ability to decapitate and dismember his victims, and to do it repeatedly, is pure evil", McMahon said.

Lisowick, who struggled with mental health problems and addiction, had been homeless and was discharged from a shelter the day McArthur killed him.

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Each count of homicide McArthur has been convicted of carried with it an automatic life sentence, according to the BBC.

Meanwhile, the LGBT community has been "devastated" and "will never be the same", he said. Their bodies, prosecutors say, were then hidden in large planters at a home that McArthur used for his landscaping business.

March 5, 2018 - Police say they've recovered the remains of a seventh person linked to McArthur.

Rae, the former city councillor, said the resistance to believing there could be a serial killer reflected the city's need to believe it was safe.

He pleaded guilty on January 29 to eight counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam.

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Toronto Mayor John Tory said McArthur's victims should "never be forgotten". He's been charged with neglect of duty for what was originally thought to be a shoddy investigation of McArthur in 32 Division in June of 2016, after two men came into the station complaining about a date gone bad.

April 14, 2017 - Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing.

In this July 5, 2018, file photo, members of the Toronto Police Service excavate the back of a property in Toronto during an investigation in relation to Bruce McArthur. Police later found a folder on McArthur's computer labelled with the man's name that contained images of him. He repeatedly strangled his victims and photographed many of them naked after death, shaving their heads, placing unlit cigars in their mouths and dressing some in a fur coat and hat.

He kept clothing, personal items and hair of his victims, according to an agreed statement of facts. "Worries about entering relationships, and fear of becoming a victim", he said.

McArthur had not acknowledged his sexual orientation until he was in his 40s. He was last seen leaving a village bar in September 2010.

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A psychiatric assessment after his first run-in with the law in 2001 - for beating a male prostitute with a metal pipe, for which he served no time in prison - said he likely harbored "underlying resentments" but concluded that he was not unsafe.

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