A self-employed landscaper admitted Tuesday to being the Gay Village serial killer who murdered eight men between 2010 and 2017 — and buried some of their remains in potted planters.
Wearing a gray sweater and plaid shirt, Bruce McArthur, 67, pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder in the Toronto Superior Court of Justice, the CBC reported.
Police first charged McArthur with the deaths of two men in January 2018.
Ultimately, McArthur was charged with and admitted to being responsible for the deaths of Selim Esen, 44, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Majeed Kayhan, 58, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, and Kirushna Kanagaratnam, 37.
Most of McArthur’s victims had ties to Toronto’s Gay Village neighborhood.
Some of the men were killed as they were being sexually assaulted by McArthur or while he’d restrained them, according to a brief statement of facts document presented in court.
After the murders, and to avoid being found out, McArthur hid body parts in large garden planters of a home he’d worked on. Other human remains were buried in a ravine next to the property, the document said.
During their search of McArthur’s home, cops found a duffel bag stuffed with duct tape, surgical gloves, rope, zip ties, a black bungee cord and syringes.
McArthur also kept souvenirs to remember his victims by, including jewelry.
His sentencing is scheduled for Monday, when officials said more details about the case will be revealed.
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