From the time she was a little girl living out in the country, Sasha Reid has been obsessed with monsters.
When she was younger, they were of the supernatural kind, an underworld of vampires and werewolves. And then she grew up. “I came to realize the only monsters that are real look just like you and me. They are just like us.”
Those “monsters” are serial killers, and the PhD candidate in applied psychology at the University of Toronto has dedicated her life to studying who they are and why they do what they do. Or as she describes herself: “I study the history, classification, development, and prevention of serial homicide.”
It was during her research last summer that she concluded there was indeed a serial killer at work in Toronto’s gay village.
Reid, 29, has spent years building two databases: the first is comprised of unsolved murders and missing people in Canada. She has
He was a landscaper who played Santa Claus at a local shopping mall. But now, Toronto police allege Bruce McArthur was a serial killer who murdered at least five men — and hid body parts in planters of his unsuspecting clients.
The five men McArthur is accused of murdering — Soroush Mahmudi, 50, Dean Lisowick, known only to be in his mid-40s, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Majeed Kayhan, 58, and 44-year-old Selim Essen — vanished without a trace between 2012 and 2017.
Why McArthur allegedly killed the men remain unclear, Toronto Police Service Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga tells PEOPLE.
“I don’t know what Bruce McArthur’s triggers were,” he says. “We’ll find out. The investigation is still ongoing and we still have victims to be identified and more charges to be laid. So hopefully we get some answers.”
Most of the men were known to frequent The Village, an LGBT-friendly Toronto neighborhood.
As Toronto police combed through more than a dozen planters and worked to thaw frozen ground in their search for human remains, investigators continued Friday to piece together what they believe is the puzzle of a serial killer and his victims.
The killer had some sort of relationship with each of his male victims, some of which were sexual, Toronto Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said Friday.
Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old landscaper, has been charged with five counts of murder and accused of hiding his victims’ remains in potted plants in Toronto.
“We do believe there are more (victims),” homicide detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said last week. “And I have no idea how many more there are going to be.”
So far, McArthur is accused of killing Andrew Kinsman, 49; Selim Esen, 44; Majeed Kayhan, 58; Dean Lisowick, 47; and Soroush Mahmudi, 50. But police have said more victims could be discovered soon.
TORONTO — Police in Toronto have recovered the remains of at least six people from planters on a property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, officials said Thursday.
Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said the remains, found on property McArthur used as storage in exchange for doing the landscaping, included some from one of the five men McArthur is already charged with killing, Andrew Kinsman.
McArthur was arrested Jan. 18 and charged with two counts of murder in connection with the disappearances of Kinsman and Selim Esen, two men last seen in the “Gay Village” district of Toronto. Not long after that, he was charged with the murders of three more men and police said they were on a wide search for other possible victims. Police expect to file more charges.
Investigators are still working to determine who the other alleged victims are from the property. They haven’t determined yet if they
Police digging through planters in Toronto have recovered three more human remains as they investigate alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, officials said Thursday.
The new remains were recovered from the pots that were seized from a home where the 66-year-old landscaper used as storage for his landscaping business.
So far, police have discovered the remains of six people, including those of Andrew Kinsman, a 49-year-old AIDS support group volunteer who went missing in June of 2017.
Toronto Police Service Sgt. Hank Idsinga tells PEOPLE that Kinsman had a sexual relationship with McArthur. “I can’t say for how long it had been going on.”
On January 18, McArthur was charged with the murders of Kinsman and Selim Esen, a 44-year-old immigrant from Turkey, who was reported missing in April of 2017. Late last month, police charged McArthur with the additional slayings of Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick.
Police in Canada’s largest city have said they will re-examine hundreds of missing persons cases after recovering the remains of at least six people from a property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.
The remains were found in large flower planters at a residential property in Toronto where McArthur, 66, worked and stored his landscaping equipment. As the investigation widens, detectives have already visited at least 30 other properties in the city where McArthur was known to have worked.
“It is getting bigger and we are getting more resources as we go along, so it is going to be a very, very extensive investigation,” said DS Hank Idsinga.