Significant development expected in Bruce McArthur case: Toronto police

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On Tuesday, McArthur pleaded guilty to the murders of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Soroush Mahmaudi, Dean Lisowick, Majeed Kayhan, Skanda Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, according to a statement from Toronto police obtained by PEOPLE. He is now considered one of Canada's most deadly serial killers.

Family members of several of the men were in court on Tuesday morning to watch McArthur, who wore a black sweater over a plaid collared shirt and bore a blank, exhausted expression, tell Justice John McMahon he was foregoing his right to a trial and pleading guilty voluntarily.

Sentencing will take place next week, when more details of the case will be brought forward.

Prosecutor Michael Cantlon described to the court how McArthur had "staged" the corpses of his victims and photographed them, according to local reports.

McArthur moved to the Toronto area around 2000 and previously lived in a suburb with his wife and two children, working as a traveling salesman of underwear and socks.

McArthur has been in custody since January 2018 after an extended investigation into the disappearances of numerous men in Toronto's Village neighbourhood.

Numerous victims, although not all, were from the Gay Village, a neighbourhood in Toronto known for its predominantly gay population.

The first men to disappear were largely of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent living on the fringe of society, and their absences went unnoticed.

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The victims in the case were McArthur's former lover, two Afghan immigrants, two refugees from Sri Lanka and another from Iran, a Turkish national, and a homeless sex worker.

However, when Andrew Kinsman went missing in June 2017, things changed. Many of them had ties to the city's gay village.

"I strongly suspect, as with others who are embedded in the community, that there are other missing men to be considered at the very least", Ward said.

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police confer with colleagues after a third day of searching for human remains in a ravine behind a home on Mallory Crescent in Toronto, Ontario, July 6 past year in connection with the investigation into McArthur.

Speaking outside the Superior Court of Justice on University Avenue earlier, Fraser said that she felt "violated" by what McArthur had done.

McArthur worked as a gardener and a local Santa. He used the home as storage for his landscaping business and would often visit the garage several times a day. She said the city planted the trees to prevent erosion in the ravine and to commemorate the loss of life. "As he should be".

The court heard that McArthur dismembered his victims and disposed in gardening planters.

Bruce B "is not mentally ill", Fraser told reporters outside the downtown courthouse. "He seemed moody. Usually fairly happy, but sometimes quiet".

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