Last year, we shared with you the news of gay men going missing in Toronto, Canada.
Many, like Global News Toronto, were concerned that the multiple missing men from the Gay Village was a sign that there was a killer on the loose.
There are growing concerns in Toronto’s Gay Village over the number of men who have gone missing in recent years from the Church and Wellesley area. As Caryn Lieberman reports, police aren’t confirming a connection between the men, but community members have their theories. – globalnews.ca
Unfortunately, that turned out to be the truth.
Earlier this week, police arrested a man who they think is responsible for at least two deaths out of the missing men from the Gay village.
66-year-old landscaper Bruce McArthur was charged with first-degree murder due to the assumed deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman.
“We believe he is responsible for the deaths of Mr. Esen and Mr. Kinsman, and we believe he is responsible for the deaths of other men who have yet to be identified,” Toronto Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said.
“In other words, we believe there are other victims,” he added.
Now we have gotten word of McArthur’s legal history.
You see, it seems that McArthur was barred from even stepping foot near the Gay village in Toronto back in 2001.
McArthur was convicted of assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm. Then in 2013, he was sentenced to two years in prison and three years on probation.
As part of that sentencing, he wasn’t supposed to go anywhere near the area within University Ave to the West, Bloor St. to the North, Sherbourne St. to the East, and College/Carlton to the South.
Toronto lawyer Liam O’Connor (who isn't connected to this case) spoke to Metro News and said that this restriction was probably to protect male prostitutes in the area (who were McArthur’s first victims).
“An educated guess then about that, is the area they’ve asked him to stay out of is an area where there was probably high prostitution,” O’Connor said.
We’ll keep you updated as the court case develops.