Serial Killer Bruce McArthur charged with 5 murders

Accused killer Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old freelance landscaper who was accused by Toronto police January 29, 2018 of murdering five people and putting their dead bodies in large planters on his clients' properties, appears in a photo posted on his social media account. Facebook/Handout via REUTERS

As of Monday, McArthur stands accused of the first-degree murder of five men: Andrew Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick.Toronto Police now alleges that he is a Serial Killer.

After searching a property linked to McArthur at Mallory Crescent in midtown Toronto, police discovered dismembered skeletal remains in the bottom of large planters that belong to at least three yet-to-be identified people

Details of the 66-year-old’s life up until the day he was arrested on Jan. 18, 2018, have come slowly into focus, painting a picture of a man who maintained close ties with his family, vacationed and socialized regularly.

In 1986, a 35-year-old McArthur was married. The couple has a son and a daughter.

By 1999, McArthur was socializing with members of Toronto’s gay community, according to a man who was friends with Skandaraj Navaratnam, a gay man who went missing in 2010.Kevin Nash says McArthur “came into the picture” of Navaratnam’s life in 1999 and that the pair began a romantic relationship that lasted until at least 2008.

On Halloween 2001, he attacked a man with a metal pipe in Toronto, and in 2003, was handed a two-year conditional sentence for the assault.His sentence required that he abstain from the consumption of amyl nitrate, also known as poppers, that he not be in the presence of male prostitutes, and that he stay away from a section of downtown Toronto that included the Gay Village.

Prior to his arrest two weeks ago, McArthur was self-employed as a landscaper under the company name “Artistic Design.”

Karen Fraser, the owner of the house on Mallory Crescent where human remains were found by police, said that McArthur had an arrangement with her to store tools in her garage, a set-up organized by McArthur’s sister.

McArthur was also active on online dating apps like manjam and silverdaddies, often using a variation on the username “silverfox.”