TORONTO – Here is a glance at the alleged victims of Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old Toronto landscaper charged with eight counts of first-degree murder:
The 58-year-old Toronto man was reported missing in October 2012. Police investigated his death as part of Project Houston, which ran from November 2012 to April 2014 and probed the disappearances of three men who went missing from Toronto’s gay village. The probe was closed after yielding neither suspects nor leads on what happened to the men.
The 50-year-old was reported missing in 2015 by his family in east Toronto. Police have not said whether Mahmudi had any sort of relationship with McArthur.
Police believe Lisowick, of no fixed address, was killed in April 2016. They say he was 43 or 44 years old and was never reported missing. Detectives have said Lisowick didn’t fit the profile of the earlier victims, who were gay and of Middle Eastern descent.
Esen, 44, of Toronto, vanished from the city’s gay village on April 14, 2017. The disappearance became part of a police investigation called Project Prism launched in August. Five months later, police charged McArthur with Esen’s presumed death.
The 49-year-old from Toronto was reported missing from the gay village in late June 2017. Kinsman was a subject of Project Prism, and police have said he had a sexual relationship with McArthur. Kinsman’s sisters said they searched for their brother for six months before police eventually charged McArthur in his death. Karen Coles said he was “well-known in his community” and “loved by all.”
The 40-year-old went missing in September 2010 and his disappearance was investigated as part of Project Houston.
Faizi’s family reported him missing to Peel Regional Police on Dec. 29, 2010. Investigators say the 42-year-old was last seen in Toronto’s gay village. His vehicle was found near the home of one of McArthur’s landscaping clients, where police allege McArthur left the dismembered remains of several victims in planters. Faizi’s disappearance was also investigated as part of Project Houston.
Kanagaratnam arrived in Toronto from Sri Lanka in 2010 and police believe he died some time between September and December 2015, at age 37. Police have said he was never reported missing and unlike McArthur’s other alleged victims, Kanagaratnam had no clear ties to the LGBTQ community. Police said an unnamed international agency helped identify Kanagaratnam after investigators released a heavily edited photo of a dead man in a plea for public help.