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CanadaAndrew Kinsman was fascinated by serial killers before he became Bruce McArthur’s 8th victim

23:36  06 may  2019
23:36  06 may  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

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TORONTO — Andrew Kinsman , the last of eight men to be killed by Bruce McArthur , shared a keen interest in serial killers before becoming a victim of one himself. Police found movies, drawings and writings about notorious serial killers who targeted gay men or raped male victims on Kinsman ’ s

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Andrew Kinsman was fascinated by serial killers before he became Bruce McArthur’s 8th victim © Ernest Doroszuk/Postmedia Network A missing person poster for Andrew Kinsman near Church St. and Wellesley St. E in Toronto on December 3, 2017.

WARNING: This story contains details that some may find disturbing.

TORONTO — Andrew Kinsman, the last of eight men to be killed by Bruce McArthur, shared a keen interest in serial killers before becoming a victim of one himself.

Police found movies, drawings and writings about notorious serial killers who targeted gay men or raped male victims on Kinsman’s computer equipment and a friend suggested Kinsman may have discussed the psychology of serial killers with McArthur.

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New passages within almost 6,000 pages of Toronto police documents detailing years of effort to track missing men who disappeared from the city’s gay village from 2010 to 2017 were unsealed by a judge Monday.

Much of the detailed investigative summaries had previously been unsealed with large sections blacked out to protect McArthur’s right to a fair trial. A legal challenge by Postmedia and other media companies — as well as McArthur’s guilty pleas to eight counts of first-degree murder in January — led Ontario judge Cathy Mocha to release new portions that can now be revealed.

A missing person poster for Andrew Kinsman near Church St. and Wellesley St. E in Toronto on December 3, 2017.

Much of the material deals with police failures to find the missing men or evidence of their murders in an aborted early investigation and then details the growing evidence against McArthur in a second probe, including information on what he did to his victims after they were killed.

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Serial killer Bruce McArthur and his eight victims (L-R, top) Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Majeed Kayhan, Skandaraj Navaratnam (L-R, bottom) Selim Esen, Soroush Andrew Kinsman was fascinated by serial killers before he became Bruce McArthur ’ s 8 th victim .

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Among the information police gathered on the men McArthur targeted is Kinsman’s interest in serial killers with similar profiles as McArthur’s.

Police interviewed a manager with Toronto People With AIDS Foundation on Oct. 11, 2017, according to one summary of the police investigation after Kinsman was reported missing.

Police were told that over the Christmas holidays, she and Kinsman were filling holiday bags to give clients when Kinsman told her he had a relationship with a man who, like him, was “very into the psychology of serial killers and how they functioned.”

“They really enjoyed talking about it,” she told police.

Kinsman did not reveal the man’s name but said they got together for “hook ups” every month or so. Kinsman is known to have had sexual encounters with McArthur before his murder.

Dennis Nilsen in 1992.

Kinsman also liked reading books on serial killers, police were told, but his interest went further than that, according to a search of computer equipment police found in Kinsman’s apartment.

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In a hard drive partition labeled “pictures/murder” were various drawings and writing related to Dennis Andrew Nilsen, a convicted serial killer in England.

The similarities between McArthur and Nilsen are striking.

Andrew Kinsman was fascinated by serial killers before he became Bruce McArthur’s 8th victim © Court Exhibit/ Postmedia Bruce McArthur's bedroom, the scene of the murders. Both were seemingly respectable men who preyed on vulnerable gay men, befriending potential victims and luring them to their home; both men strangled their victims and both dressed and undressed their victims’ dead body before cutting them up.

(The police documents say police found several photographs of McArthur’s dead victims dressed and posed in the same fur coat, sometimes also with a fur hat and an unlit cigar dangling from their lips.)

Nilsen was convicted in London, England, of six murders and two attempted murders in 1983 but is believe to have killed at least 15 young men. Nilsen died of natural causes last May while serving a life sentence. He was 72.

Andrew Kinsman was fascinated by serial killers before he became Bruce McArthur’s 8th victim © Postmedia wire services American John Wayne Gacy, left, killed 33 young men and teenaged boys in the 1970s. Dennis Andrew Nilsen is believe to have killed at least 15 young men in England. Police booking photos of John Wayne Gacy.

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Also in the partition on Kinsman’s drive was a documentary movie on serial killer John Wayne Gacy, an American who killed 33 young men and teenaged boys in the 1970s who also has similarities to McArthur.

Gacy was known by the stage name Pogo the Clown because he dressed in a costume and makeup to entertain children. McArthur also donned a colourful suit to delight children — he worked for several years before his arrest as a shopping mall Santa at Agincourt Mall in Scarborough.

Kinsman also had an interest in the type of rough sex McArthur was into, police documents show.

In the same partition, labeled “pictures/homeporn and other”, police found photos of Kinsman engaged in a sex act with an unknown man; the man is blindfolded in some photos and his hands bound behind his back in some. “A noose is visible,” police note.

He also had a series of photos of himself appearing to be eating a glass bottle and bleeding all over his naked body. The document notes the photos, “appear to be staged” and taken in 2013.

In the same partition, labeled “pictures/bruce”, officers found 12 photos of McArthur. All were portraits of the killer taken outside in a garden on Sept. 11, 2010, using a Nikon D2X camera, the same model camera police found in Kinsman’s apartment.

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Other revelations in the documents outlining the two police probes, the first called Project Houston and the second called Project Prism, include:

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Andrew Kinsman was fascinated by serial killers before he became Bruce McArthur’s 8th victim © Facebook Accused serial killer Bruce McArthur • McArthur’s friends and family investigated as possible accomplices:

Once McArthur was deemed to be the killer they were hunting, Toronto police investigated — and cleared — several people he was close to in case any had knowingly helped him in his horrific deeds.

“During the course of the investigation a number of McArthur’s friends and family members were identified and the possibility was explored that they could have participated with him in the offences alleged,” the documents say.

Search warrants were even executed at some of their homes.

Among those who police checked on were: an on-again, off-again boyfriend of McArthur’s; McArthur’s roommate at the Thorncliffe Park two-bedroom apartment where many of his murders took place; McArthur’s son; McArthur’s daughter and her husband; one of McArthur’s best friends; and McArthur’s former wife.

An image from the Bruce McArthur sentencing hearing of a red van belonging to Bruce McArthur.

Detectives looked into McArthur’s family who seemed to help McArthur get rid of his old van after police started tracking it and with buying him a replacement in a hurry in August 2017, according to the documents.

Police spoke with staff at Windsor Chrysler about the purchase of McArthur’s replacement van and learned a relative called saying he “wanted the cheapest van,” the documents say. He used the name of a Chrysler Canada employee, presumably to get a deal on the price.

The relative put a $2,000 down payment on the van and said McArthur would be the registered owner. A certified cheque drawn on the relative’s account was used to pay the balance, the documents say.

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McArthur “literally” spent just 10 minutes at the dealership and did not even go over the vehicle with the salesman before completing the sale.

When investigators went searching for his old van, they first spotted it at a relative’s home. Later, on Oct. 3, 2017, they found the van at Dom’s Auto Parts, a large auto scrapyard in Courtice, Ont, about 60 kilometres east of Toronto.

An officer “observed a dried liquid, covering the inside of the tailgate from one side to the other, covered in small flies. No other flies were present anywhere else in the van or on surrounding vehicles,” the documents say.

At least 18 spots in the van tested positive for blood, according to a report from the Centre of Forensic Sciences. Semen and semen components were also found.

Police believed the relative who helped buy the new van also sold the old van to the scrap dealer, the documents say.

The Toronto Police Forensic Unit search a home at 53 Mallory Crescent related to the arrest of 66-year-old landscaper Bruce McArthur.

A man identified in the documents as “one of McArthur’s best friends” was investigated by police and linked to two properties, one in Madoc, Ont., a town about halfway between Toronto and Ottawa, and another in Scarborough.

McArthur often called the man and visited him in Madoc about once a month, the documents say. Police found that McArthur had called him the night Kinsman disappeared. He also called his former wife that night.

When police interviewed the friend and searched his property, he was “extremely cooperative and denied having any knowledge of the offences,” the document says. The same is noted of McArthur’s roommate, his sometimes boyfriend and the owners of the Toronto property on Mallory Crescent where McArthur’s victim’s bodies were found.

McArthur’s son sometimes lived with his father and worked with him in the landscape business, including often being seen at the Mallory property, the documents say.

“At the end of the day, none of them had any involvement,” said Toronto police homicide detective David Dickinson, who worked full time on the McArthur probe since last summer, in an interview.

“There was nobody else involved in these crimes. The family had no involvement whatsoever. During the investigation, we didn’t know that and looked at everything we could,” he said.

• Evidence of McArthur’s disposal of the bodies:

Police found a cache of what investigators call “homicide photos” on McArthur’s computer, which he tried to delete.

Some of the men were photographed in McArthur’s bed, often nude or partially dressed. Several show their bodies posed in a fur coat and some also with a fur hat on. There are 20 photos of one victim, 18 of another, 13 of a third, five photos and two photos of others.

In one photo of a victim, there is a rope around his neck that had been “cinched with a metal bar” and his hands bound by white rope. He “appears to be deceased.” Photos show him partially undressed in one and then dressed in the fur coat in others.

Police discovered the fur coat used in Bruce McArthur’s murder-poses under a floor panel in his van.

Another victim was photographed with a rope around his neck, an unlit cigar between his lips, wearing the fur coat. His eyes are taped open. Subsequent photos show his hair and beard shaved off with blood on his shoulders. He appears to be in a vehicle with blankets and a blue and silver hacksaw on the floor.

Another victim is photographed dead, lying on what appears to be garbage bags; another victim is photographed dead, with a rope and cinched metal bar around his neck, nude among pillows and blankets with black plastic and some pants by his head.

At the Mallory Cres. property that McArthur used to store his landscaping materials — and where dismembered bodies were found in large planters — police found a suitcase, plastic gloves and surgical mask, heavy-duty garbage bags, duct tape, rope, two large knives and four hacksaws.

• McArthur seemed safe and trustworthy:

Not only did McArthur present well enough to his victims that they willingly came to his apartment or van for intimate encounters, several of his landscaping clients trusted him with uncontrolled access to their homes.

Police interviewed at least two couples who knew McArthur outside of his life in the gay community. Both trusted him enough to give him keys to their houses and have McArthur stay in their homes when they were away.

One man McArthur had sexual encounters with told police McArthur sometimes took him to a residence where McArthur was house-sitting. McArthur photographed him wearing a fur coat inside one of the homes, he said.

One couple had McArthur stay at their place while they were on a trip to Africa in 2010. When the couple returned, they later told police, McArthur apologized “because he spilled Coke on the carpet” of their bedroom. He had tried to clean it several times but a noticeable darkish stain — about two-feet by three-feet — remained.

The unanswered question is whether it really was cola, and not blood, that caused the stain.

• At least four men dodged death at McArthur’s hands:

Among the evidence police uncovered are clues that four men likely escaped McArthur’s murderous intentions.

— As police had McArthur under surveillance, two days before they planned to arrest him on Jan. 20, 2018, officers watched him escort a man into his apartment. Detectives decided they had to act and went to his apartment. McArthur was then arrested for murder. The man was found alive, handcuffed to McArthur’s bed.

Bruce McArthur’s bedroom, the scene of the murders.

— Earlier, a man told police he was engaged in a rough sex encounter with McArthur, who was exceeding the man’s limits. He believes he was photographed. He may have lost consciousness and was bound to McArthur’s bed when McArthur’s roommate came home. McArthur let him go, he told police. He thinks he was about to be killed when the roommate interrupted.

— On one of McArthur’s computer memory sticks, investigators found a number of photos of a man wearing nothing but a fur coat. The fur coat seems to be a marker of McArthur’s murderous pathology. The photos were taken Jan. 3, 2016, five months before he tried to strangle the same man in his van.

— A longtime friend of McArthur’s said that after a dinner meeting in 2017 with McArthur, the two started kissing in the back seat of McArthur’s van. After a sex act, McArthur “grabbed him by the back of the neck in a forceful manner.” He grabbed McArthur’s elbow and freed himself. The man “feels that if he hadn’t escaped, the encounter with McArthur would have been fatal,” the documents say.

Police said the attacks raise the possibility McArthur killed other victims they don’t yet know about.

“The fact that of the four persons who survived McArthur’s attacks, only two had made reports to police, it truly adds merit to the suggestion that police need to expand the scope of their investigation into Bruce McArthur beyond what is already apparent to us,” an officer wrote to a judge seeking permission to look for additional evidence in McArthur’s old parole files.

Police were granted that request, said Dickinson.

• McArthur had erectile dysfunction:

One witness, who McArthur tried to strangle, told police he had casual sex with McArthur a number of times but didn’t know much about him, even calling him “Mr. Mysterio.”

He told police that McArthur “had trouble maintaining an erection so he liked to receive oral sex.”

A second man, who also managed to escape McArthur’s grip on his neck, also told police: “McArthur was having trouble getting erect during oral sex.”

• Police looked also at Luka Magnotta and a self-professed cannibal:

The first major police probe into missing men in the gay village, called Project Houston, fixated on a prime suspect who declared to a private online community he was a cannibal.

Police tracked the shocking and gruesome online communications of James Alex Brunton, a minor league hockey volunteer in Peterborough, Ont., detailing his claims he brought willing men to his farm where he raped and tortured them before killing, cooking and eating them. He even had an agreed contract with a young teen to rape, abuse, kill and eat the boy when he turned 18.

Brunton was not charged with any murders but was found guilty of making, possessing and distributing child pornography.

Their probe of Brunton brought investigators to look at any possible involvement by Luka Magnotta in the early cases. He lived just four minutes away from Brunton in Peterborough at one point.

Police thought Brunton may have groomed a young Magnotta, who was a stripper at Remington’s, a gay strip club on Yonge St., and paid his rent and expenses in return for luring other men to him, based on their activities in the gay community at the time.

In 2013, police sought a court order allowing them access to Magnotta’s computers, phones and hard drives, which by then were in the hands of Montreal police after Magnotta’s arrest for a different murder. Magnotta is serving a life sentence for killing and dismembering Chinese student Jun Lin while filming it in 2012. He was convicted in December 2014.

• McArthur had “aggressive sex” while overseas:

One man interviewed by police said he and McArthur had known each other for 15 to 20 years. Both were involved in Gay Fathers of Toronto.

In 2017, the men met for dinner. He told police McArthur “talked a lot about his travels, especially to Italy, where he met a number of men, including one who preferred more aggressive sex.”

Toronto police investigated the information.

“We looked into all of his travels, as best we could,” Dickinson said in an interview.

Investigators reached out to Interpol, the international police organization, and other law enforcement agencies abroad and made inquiries, he said.

“There is no evidence to suggest there were any murders elsewhere,” said Dickinson.

McArthur is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years after he admitted to eight counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of Kinsman, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, Dean Lisowick, Kirushnakumar Kanagaratnam and Sorough Mahmudi.

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