After charging Bruce McArthur with a seventh count of first-degree murder, Toronto police announced the investigation into the alleged serial killer is zeroing in on 15 homicide cold cases that date back over four decades.
At a press conference Wednesday, Det-Sgt Hank Idsinga revealed that the dismembered remains of Abdulbasir Faizi were found buried in planters belonging to McArthur, who worked as a landscaper.
Faizi, 42, went missing on Dec. 29, 2010, after telling his wife that he was going out with co-workers. Faizi was actually leading a double-life, frequenting Toronto’s Gay Village, and was last seen at a bathhouse in the neighbourhood. Police told his wife that it was likely he abandoned the family and ran away with a man he’d met in the Village.
Bruce McArthur has been charged with the first-degree murder of Abdulbasir Faizi.
McArthur, 66, now faces charges for the murders of Faizi, Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Soroush Mahmudi, Dean Lisowick, Majeed Kayhan and Skanda Navaratnam.
Idsinga originally said that seven sets of human remains had been recovered from an east-end Toronto home belonging to two clients who allowed McArthur to store his landscaping equipment on their property. All but one set of remains have now been identified — Kayhan’s remains still haven’t been found, Idsinga said — but the investigation is set to expand beyond the planters as police struggle to determine just how long the list of victims may grow.
“I have no idea (how many victims there are),” Idsinga said. “I’ve said that from day one. I don’t want to hazard putting a number on it. We may discover cases from the ’70s, we may discover that 2010 was the first murder. We just don’t know yet.”
Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga during a press conference at Toronto Police HQ on Wednesday April 11, 2018.
After spending months pouring through cold cases, police have identified 15 homicides that occurred between 1975 and 1997 that could be linked to McArthur. The majority of the victims in these cases, Idsinga said, are gay men. It’s unclear whether all 15 cases, like the seven murders McArthur has already been charged with, are linked to the Gay Village.
The time period of some of the cold cases aligns with when McArthur worked as a salesman for Eaton’s in the mid-1970s. A few years later, he would move on to a role with Stanfield’s and McGregor as a travelling salesman. There is no evidence, …read more