Bruce McArthur: suspected Canadian serial killer charged with eighth murder


Bruce McArthur: suspected Canadian serial killer charged with eighth murder

Accused serial killer Bruce McArthur has been charged with an eighth count of first-degree murder, with Toronto police saying an global agency helped them identify the new victim.

Today we learned that the name of McArthur's alleged victim is Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, he is alleged to have been killed by McArthur sometime between September 3 and December 14 of 2015. Kanagaratnam wasn't reported missing in Canada or in Sri Lanka, Idsinga said, and there is no evidence linking him to the Gay Village in Toronto.

"He doesn't quite fit the profile of what we've seen before", Idsinga said.

In this artist's sketch, alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur makes an appearance via video in a Toronto courtroom, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Kanagaratnam arrived in Canada in 2010 from Sri Lanka.

"The identification was confirmed with the assistance from an global government agency", said Idsinga, though he would not provide further details.

Investigators said he was identified after they took the rare step of releasing photographs of his corpse and appealed to the public for help.

They identified the man on Thursday but haven't yet released the name.

Later that month, he was charged with the murders of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, and Dean Lisowick.

According to investigators, the men, who all had ties to Toronto's LGBTQ2S neighbourhood, were murdered between 2010 and 2017.

Victims in the alleged serial killer case are: Top row, from left to right, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 44. -Sgt. Hank Idsinga, said was a "last resort" in hopes the public could identify the bearded man, who appeared to be middle age, to bring closure to his family and friends.

The latest victim has been identified as Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam.

"We have a lot of searches still to do", he said.

Police, at the time, also announced they are now investigating 15 cold cases between 1975 and 1997.

Police say he buried his victims' body parts in potted plants on properties where he worked as a self-employed landscaper.

Kayhan's remains have not yet been found.

The 58-year-old Toronto man was reported missing in October 2012.

Investigators did not release the man's name last week, because they still had not been able to notify his next of kin. The probe was closed after yielding neither suspects nor leads on what happened to the men.