Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Suspected Toronto serial killer charged with 8th murder

Suspected Toronto serial killer charged with 8th murder

Accused serial killer Bruce McArthur has been charged with an eighth count of first-degree murder, with Toronto police saying an worldwide agency helped them identify the new victim.

There also apparently isn't any evidence tying Kanagaratnam to the gay community, a community which many of McArthur's alleged victims have been a part of.

The other victims have been linked.

The new charge is for the death of Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, who arrived in Canada from Sri Lanka in 2010.

Toronto police believe that Kanagaratnam was killed sometime between Sept 3 and Dec 14 2015.

Toronto police were able to identify Kanagaratnam with the help of an global government agency after circulating a photo of him that was found during their investigation.

Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said at the time that releasing the photo was a "last resort" to identify the man.

Canadian police have identified the remains of a Sri Lankan man they believe is a possible victim of suspected serial killer Bruce McArthur.

Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga declined to comment on what Kanagaratnam's immigration status had been at the time of his death, and it's now unknown if he was an asylum seeker.

Police are also working with law enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions, and are in contact with worldwide agencies as part of the investigation.


Like most of the other men the self-employed landscaper is believed to have slain, however, Kanagaratnam's remains were recovered from planters at a central Toronto home where McArthur once worked.

Bruce McArthur has officially been charged with 8 murders now.

"We have a lot of searches still to do", he said.

To date, the remains of Majeed Kayhan have never been identified.

"I think we've all seen in the media so-called experts who tell us that serial killers don't start in their late 50s and their 60s", Idsinga said.

The sprawling investigation into McArthur is probing cold cases that go as far back as 1975. Police have not said whether Mahmudi had any sort of relationship with McArthur.

Faizi's family reported him missing to Peel Regional Police on December 29, 2010.

What do we know about the investigation so far?

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The first probe - named Project Houston - was launched in 2012 to investigate the disappearances of Faizi, Kayhan and Navaratnam.

Unlike the other victims, police have not found a connection between Kanagaratnam and Toronto's gay village, nor are they aware of any activity on gay dating apps.

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