Two of the victims did not fit the profile of some of the others - men of Middle Eastern descent known to have frequented Toronto's gay village neighborhood, suggesting the accused's crimes may extend beyond that district.
Toronto police officers monitoring the movements of accused serial killer Bruce McArthur made a decision to apprehend the 66-year-old landscaper shortly after they saw a young man enter his Thorncliffe Park apartment on January 18, a source confirmed to CTV News. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said at a press conference Monday.
The New York Times says police have "identified and started searching about 30 properties" where McArthur worked, and have collected "more than a dozen planters to examine".
Idsinga said it's possible there may be more victims.
Bruce McArthur was previously charged in the presumed deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman.
"By then McArthur was at the very least a person of interest... whether he was under electronic surveillance or constant surveillance by that point, we're not sure yet".
Police believe the McArthur had a sexual relationship with Kinsman, but have yet to reveal any personal connections between him and the other victims.
"So we've seized quite a few planters from around the city and we'll continue to do that". It is believed he was murdered between May 2016 and July 2017.
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Idsinga said McArthur has now also been charged in the deaths of 58-year-old Majeed Kayhan, 50-year-old Soroush Marmudi and 47-year-old Dean Lisowick. He said the remains have not been identified.
Several days later, it appeared that McArthur also had a relationship with a man who disappeared in 2010. While members of the community there expressed concern, most (including the police) tried to quiet down those fears.
"Serial killers who have co-operated in forensic interviews and academic research have said that essentially they exploit the limitations of police resources", he told The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti.
"I looked and I saw Bruce and I said to him, 'Hey Bruce, what are you doing throwing out boulders or rocks outside in the garbage chute?' I said, 'Bruce, it's two o'clock in the morning, you are waking us all up, '" the resident said. "We are clean and we're extremely happy about that", Ewart's wife, Ellie Tesher, added.
McArthur is being held in custody until his next court date on February 14.
"I can only hope that that was an investigative strategy", Arntfield said of the police's initial denial that there was a serial killer in the city.
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