Canada What we know about Bruce McArthur’s alleged victims

07:11  30 january  2018
07:11  30 january  2018 Source:   nationalpost.com

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Toronto landscaper Bruce McArthur has been charged with the murders of Selim Esen, 44, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Majeed Kayhan, 58, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Dean Lisowick, 47. Here’s what we know about McArthur’s alleged victims.

Andrew Kinsman

Kinsman: Andrew Kinsman, 49.© Toronto Police Handout Andrew Kinsman, 49.

Police previously said McArthur and Kinsman, 49, had a relationship that was “sexual” and had lasted “for some time.” Kinsman went missing from the Cabbagetown area in downtown Toronto on June 26, 2017.

At McArthur’s first court appearance, Alphonso King — who knew Kinsman through volunteer work — described his late friend as “very well-known in the activist community.”

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At a press conference soon after McArthur’s appearance, Karen Coles, Kinsman’s sister, said her brother had wanted to be a paleantologist as a young boy. Another sister, Patricia Kinsman, remembered him for his tie-dye shirts.

Selim Esen

Esen: Selim Esen, 44.© Toronto Police Handout Selim Esen, 44.

Esen went missing from the Yonge and Bloor area on April 14, 2017. His disappearance — along with that of Kinsman — became part of the police investigation Project Prism, launched in August.

When McArthur’s arrest was first announced, Det. Stg. Hank Idsinga said Esen — who, like Kinsman and McArthur, used dating apps — had a relationship with the accused, but that this relationship was less clear than the one Kinsman and McArthur had shared.

“We don’t know what his exact relationship with Mr. Esen was leading up to the (alleged) murder, whether he had just met him that day or whether he had known him for some time, we just don’t know that yet,” Idsinga said.

What we know so far about Bruce McArthur

  What we know so far about Bruce McArthur Toronto police are calling the case ‘unprecedented,’ and the likes of which Toronto has never seen , alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder.READ MORE: Are police doing enough to find missing people in Toronto’s Gay Village?Here is what we know so far about the man at the centre of this case: Bruce McArthur was first arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder on Jan. 18 in connection with the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, both reported missing from the Church and Wellesley streets area at separate times last year.

Majeed Kayhan

Kayhan: Majeed Kayhan, 58.© Toronto Police Handout Majeed Kayhan, 58.

Kayhan, known to frequent the “Village” area around Church and Wellesley, was last seen Oct. 14, 2012. He had previously been a part of an earlier police investigation known as Project Houston.

The probe ran from Nov. 2012 until April 2014 and looked at Kayhan’s disappearance as well as those of Skanda Navaratnam, 40, who last seen near Church and Wellesley on Sept. 6, 2010; and Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, who was reported missing on Dec. 29, 2010 and was last seen in the same area.

“No evidence was found which would classify anyone as a suspect in any criminal offence relating to the disappearances,” Idsinga said of that investigation Monday.

Dean Lisowick

Lisowick: Dean Lisowick, 47.© Toronto Police Handout Dean Lisowick, 47.

Lisowick was known to have used the city’s shelter system. He was never reported missing, but police say they believe he was murdered between May 2016 and July 2017. On Monday, David Lynch at Good Shepherd Ministries said he didn’t meet Lisowick in person, but confirmed he had stayed there for about 10 nights, around five in November 2015 and five in May 2016.

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“This is such a terrible tragedy,” Lynch said. “The homeless are such a vulnerable group anyway. He could have dropped in more than that, for meals and things like that, but we have no records of that. When people stop coming, it’s not unusual for us.”

Saroush Mahmudi

Mahmudi: Soroush Mahmudi, 50.© Toronto Police Handout Soroush Mahmudi, 50.

Mahmudi was reported missing by family in Scarborough in August 2015, police said, adding that like Lisowick, he does not fit the profile of the missing from Project Houston: men of Middle Eastern descent who spent time in the gay village.

“I’m not going to get into specifics about what their relationship was with Mr. McArthur at this time,” Idsinga said after McArthur was charged with the murder of three more men.

National Post staff, with files from Victor Ferreira and The Canadian Pres

Here is a timeline of key events in the Bruce McArthur case:

October 2012 — Majeed Kayhan, 58, of Toronto, is reported missing.

November 2012 — Police launch Project Houston to investigate the disappearance of three men from Toronto’s gay village, including Kayhan.

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April 2014 — Police close Project Houston, saying none of their findings would classify anyone as a suspect of a criminal offence.

August 2015 — Soroush Mahmudi, 50, of Toronto, is reported missing.

May 2016 – July 2017 — Police believe Dean Lisowick, 47, of no fixed address, was killed by McArthur during this timespan.

April 14, 2017 — Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing from the area of Toronto’s Yonge and Bloor streets.

June 26, 2017 — Andrew Kinsman, 49, is reported missing from the area of Parliament and Winchester streets.

August 2017 — Police launch Project Prism to investigate the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman.

September 2017 — Project Prism officers identify Bruce McArthur “as someone to be included or excluded as being involved in the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman.”

Dec. 8, 2017 — Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations. He denies that there is evidence suggesting a serial killer is walking the streets of Toronto.

Jan. 17, 2018 — Police uncover evidence suggesting McArthur was responsible for both Kinsman and Esen’s deaths, along with the deaths of other unidentified people.

Jan. 18, 2018 — McArthur is arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Esen and Kinsman. Police say McArthur is believed to be responsible for other deaths.

Jan. 19, 2018 — McArthur has his first court appearance.

Jan. 29, 2018 — McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Mahmudi, Kayhan and Lisowick. Police call McArthur an alleged serial killer and say more victims may be identified.

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