Toronto serial killer comes clean: Mall Santa confesses to killing spree that led to garden graveyard

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering several men in Toronto has pleaded guilty to eight murders in a seven-year period.

The CBC reports that Bruce McArthur, who was arrested in June after authorities discovered body parts on properties associated with his real estate business, has pleaded guilty to all murder charges against him, effectively admitting to a killing spree that appears to have targeted Toronto’s gay community.

McArthur, who had worked as shopping mall Santa Claus, pleaded guilty to the murders of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam. The killer’s victims had vanished from Toronto’s Gay Village, prompting speculation about a targeted spree.

McArthur reportedly spoke the word “guilty” in response to the eight separate counts in Superior Court on Tuesday. He is expected to be sentenced on Monday.


[Feature image: Bruce McArthur/Handout]