TORONTO — Canadian police state that they have now recovered the remains of at least six people that had been murdered, dismembered and placed in flower pots on property utilized by suspected serial killer Bruce McArthur.
Police had stated last week that they had recovered the remains of three people in approximately a dozen planters. The total of victims discovered has now doubled, and the number of planters seized is up to 15. Investigators have been checking for buried remains at the more than 30 properties where McArthur did landscaping work.
Detective Hank Idsinga said in an update on Thursday that more charges are expected to be filed against McArthur, 66, in light of the gruesome discoveries.
“[The investigation] is getting bigger, and we have more resources the further we go along, so it’s going to be a very extensive investigation,” he outlined.
Idsinga said that so far, officials have been able to positively identify the remains of Andrew Kinsman, 49, who went missing from the “Gay Village” section of Toronto in June. The work continues as authorities, after using ground-penetrating radar, are working to excavate the back yard of home where McArthur was permitted to store his landscaping supplies.
“What we’re beginning today is the excavation of the back yard here at 53 Mallory [Crescent],” Idsinga outlined, explaining that the tented area is being warmed with heaters. “We’ve identified some spots … that we’re interested in, and we’ve been heating that ground for over a week.”
The unmarried couple that lives at the property told CBC News that they plan to host a “clearing” or “cleansing” ceremony at the location—a practice observed by a number of pagan religions to rid an area of “negative energy.”
As previously reported, McArthur was arrested on Jan. 18 in connection with Kinsman’s murder, as well as the death of Selim Esen, 44. He was soon leveled with murder charges for three more men—Majeed Kayhan, 58, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Dean Lisowick, 47—two of whom have been missing for several years.
“We do believe there are more and I have no idea how many more there are going to be,” Idsinga last month. “The City of Toronto has never seen anything like this.”
According to the Toronto Sun, investigators also found photographs of McArthur’s victims on his computer, which helped to identify them.
TIME and Heavy report that McArthur utilized homosexual dating apps, including one that describes itself as “a meeting place for mature men and other men (both daddies and younger), who are interested in keeping their daddy happy and/or sexually satisfied.” McArthur’s profile noted that he was interested in men 25-55, and stated in part, “so many nice looking guys out there, but so far away.”
Joseph Khaiata, who works at the Black Eagle Bar, told the Toronto Star that he was surprised that McArthur is suspected of the crimes.
“He was just a typical Joe person; that’s what shocked me when I saw the picture,” he said. “When you picture somebody doing something like that, that’s not what I would have pictured. I thought it was going to be a homophobe redneck from somewhere.”
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Jesus also outlined in John 3 that no one can enter Heaven unless he has his sinful nature changed.
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