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A Suspected Serial Killer May Have Targeted Toronto’s Gay Village For Years

McArthur became a target of suspicion through a pair of Toronto police investigative initiatives. Police launched “Project Houston” in November 2012 to look into the disappearances of Skandaraj Navaratnam, Majeed Kayhan and Abdulbasir Faizi, who frequented the gay village, but it concluded in April 2014 with no convictions. “Project Prism,” a police investigation centered on the deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman, who both disappeared in 2017 and also frequented the village, led to McArthur.

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A Suspected Serial Killer May Have Targeted Toronto’s Gay Village …

McArthur became a target of suspicion through a pair of Toronto police investigative initiatives. Police launched “Project Houston” in November 2012 to look into the disappearances of Skandaraj Navaratnam, Majeed Kayhan and Abdulbasir Faizi, who frequented the gay village, but it concluded in April 2014 with no convictions. “Project Prism,” a police investigation centered on the deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman, who both disappeared in 2017 and also frequented the village, led to McArthur.

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Gay Village stalked by a serial killer . . . a second time?

A homicide detective identified as Inspector Hobson told the Body Politic that several of the dead men had “a common denominator: the victim was last seen at the St. Charles Tavern, and met his murderer there. Beyond that we cannot say if there is a connection.”

To improve safety, gay men were encouraged to introduce their dates to friends and communication channels were slowly opening up with police to assist in the investigation.

However, sporadic bathhouse raids in the late 1970s, culminating in the 1981 raids and mass arrests, put a massive wedge between police and the community at a delicate time when investigators were searching for answers to murder cases.

“All the co-operation that the homicide cops were trying to get with the community, it just shut it down,” Rowland said.

Here is a summary of the murders, based on Toronto Police Cold Case files, Star archives and two

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Gay Village stalked by a serial killer . . . a second time? | Toronto Star

A homicide detective identified as Inspector Hobson told the Body Politic that several of the dead men had “a common denominator: the victim was last seen at the St. Charles Tavern, and met his murderer there. Beyond that we cannot say if there is a connection.”

To improve safety, gay men were encouraged to introduce their dates to friends and communication channels were slowly opening up with police to assist in the investigation.

However, sporadic bathhouse raids in the late 1970s, culminating in the 1981 raids and mass arrests, put a massive wedge between police and the community at a delicate time when investigators were searching for answers to murder cases.

“All the co-operation that the homicide cops were trying to get with the community, it just shut it down,” Rowland said.

Here is a summary of the murders, based on Toronto Police Cold Case files, Star archives and two

Read more at: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/02/02/gay-village-stalked-by-a-serial-killera-second-time.html

Toronto serial killer? Man arrested for gay village murders

TORONTO — Months after dismissing fears about a potential serial killer prowling Toronto’s gay village, police said they arrested a man Thursday who they allege is responsible for the presumed deaths of at least two men who disappeared from the neighborhood.

Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old Toronto landscaper, was charged with first-degree murder in the presumed deaths of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman, both reported missing from the Church and Wellesley streets area at separate times last year, police said.

“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.

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Idsinga would not say who the other victims might be, but said police are aware of other men reported missing from the area.

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No evidence of serial killer in the village, Toronto police say

There’s no evidence that a serial killer was involved in the cases of recent missing and murdered people in the Church and Wellesley streets area, Toronto police said Friday.

While updating the investigations into the murder of Tess Richey, the death of Alloura Wells and missing persons Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, investigators addressed several concerns brought up by members of the community and posts on social media.

Speaking about Project Prism, the task force set up to investigate the disappearance of Kinsman and Esen, Det.-Sgt. Michael Richmond said the was no evidence that dating apps were involved in these cases.

“There has been a great deal of misinformation and speculation relating to the project prism investigation disseminated through the media and other mediums,” Richmond stated.

Richmond added that there has been no evidence that the two missing men are connected to each other or connected in any way to three other men

Read more at: http://toronto.citynews.ca/2017/12/08/tess-richey-murder-update/

Emmerdale: Lachlan White returns to the village from his prison sentence amid serial killer storyline rumours

Lachlan – played by Thomas Atkinson – has been absent from Emmerdale for the past few months as his character carries out his five month prison sentence.  

The last time soap watchers saw the teenager was in court, where he was found ‘not guilty’ for the attempted murder of his grandfather Lawrence White.

Lachlan had actually shot his grandfather, but his mother Chrissie White had convinced him and the rest of the White family to help her frame ex-boyfriend Andy Sugden instead.

While Lachlan was found innocent for shooting Lawrence, he pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and has since been in prison after receiving a ten month sentence that was reduced to five. 

[undefined]Emmerdale: Lachlan White returned home tonight without telling Chrissie or Lawrence White [ITV]

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