Toronto landscaper and alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has been charged with the murder of five gay men, but another gentleman is lucky to have escaped with his life. Sgt. Hank Idsinga told a media conference Monday that the alleged killer now faces three additional counts of first-degree murder.
Idsinga confirmed that investigators recently seized a planter from a home on Balmoral Avenue in Toronto's Deer Park neighbourhood but would not say what was inside.
He said that unidentified remains belonging to at least three people had been found in some of the planters on the properties under investigation.
Over 30 properties where McArthur lived or worked are now being combed for evidence. "We do believe there are more.We have no idea how many more there are going to be".
McArthur is accused of killing Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Marmudi and Dean Lisowick.
McArthur, Nash said, struck him as "a jolly-looking man, pleasant, courteous but seemed straight-laced", adding later that when he first met him, McArthur "could pass as straight". "We believe there are more remains at some of these properties that we're working to recover".
At least one of the male victims were said to have associated with Gay Village, a primarily gay neighborhood in Montreal, Québec. They said they were planning to excavate at two locations "where people might be buried", but said they did not know what, if anything, they might find.
There has been no mention of this by police since news of McArthur's arrest became public.
Each day gets harder and harder and although Idsinga wouldn't comment on the question of how this could compare to the Robert Picton pig farm case - in which 49 women were murdered - it's something everybody in the room and around the city are wondering.
All this gives McArthur the infamous title of serial killer.
The Ministry of the Attorney General said McArthur's lawyer is Jeffery Couse.
The property is now the site of a police command post, and Idsinga said police are also in the process of searching its basement.
The charges against McArthur have not been proven in court.
Toronto cops surveying Bruce McArthur saw a young man enter the home on Jan 18. and, believing he was in danger, busted in and found him restrained on the bed, sources told the Toronto Sun.
Police were surveilling McArthur when they saw the young man enter his home on January 18, prompting them to go in after him out of concern for his safety, CTV News has independently confirmed.