Serial Killer, Bruce McArthur spent years masterfully covering his tracks, according to a police source with knowledge of the investigation, leaving no trail of his interaction with the men he’s accused of murdering before making a costly mistake.
Beyond allegedly dismembering his victims and hiding their remains in planters, McArthur ensured there were no connections between him and the multiple men he’s now accused of killing, the source said.
The source suggested McArthur targeted men who kept a low-profile, sometimes allegedly going after those who did not keep fixed addresses or had not told their families they were gay.
He avoided from using his real name when meeting men online, leaving no conversation history with the alleged victims, avoided speaking on cellphones potentially opting instead for pay phones — and purposely never met in areas monitored by surveillance cameras.
McArthur dealt with police on at least three separate occasions — two of which weren’t linked to the men he’s been accused of killing — in 2001, 2013 and 2016 and despite a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, he avoided detection.
But pattern changed when he allegedly murdered Andrew Kinsman in 2017.
“That was his downfall,” the source said.
Kinsman, 49, was well-known in Toronto’s Gay Village. He was an LGBTQ activist who volunteered for People with Aids Toronto and Toronto HIV/AIDS Network. He also worked as a bartender at the Black Eagle. His friends and family organized massive searches, with and without police, when he went missing.
Kinsman’s friends noticed his disappearance and reported it to police within 72 hours. It was the disappearance — and how quickly police began investigating it — that would eventually lead them to find enough evidence linking the two to arrest the alleged serial killer on Jan. 18.
McArthur, who worked as a landscaper, has since been charged with the first-degree murders of Kinsman, Selim Esen, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Majeed Kayhan and Skanda Navaratnam.