TORONTO – Here's a look at the victims of serial killer Bruce McArthur, who pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder:
The Toronto man, 58, died on October 18, 2012. Police investigated his death as part of the Houston Project, which ran from November 2012 to April 2014 and surveyed the disappearances of three missing men from the gay village. The probe was closed after giving neither suspects nor clues as to what happened to the men. Kayhan's death was sexual in nature.
The 50-year-old actor was killed on or around August 15, 2015. He was reported missing by his family in eastern Toronto. A bandage was used on the death of Mahmudi, who was of a sexual nature. A coat found on McArthur's van contained the DNA of Mahmudi. The same coat was attached to the staging of other deceased victims.
Lisowick, without a fixed address, was killed on April 23, 2016. He was 43 or 44 years old and was never reported missing. Lisowick did not fit the profile of the previous victims, who were gay and descendants of the Middle East. A ligature was used in the murder of Lisowick, who was of a sexual nature. Jewelry belonging to Lisowick was found in McArthur's room.
Esen, 44, of Toronto, was killed on April 16, 2017. The disappearance became part of a police investigation called Project Prism, launched in August 2017. Five months later, McArthur was charged with the presumed death of Esen. A bandage was used in his murder, and there was evidence of confinement with ropes. Esen's DNA, as well as the weapon used in his murder, were found inside McArthur's van. Esen's notebook was later found in McArthur's apartment.
The 49-year-old man from Toronto was killed on or about June 26, 2017. Kinsman, who was also a subject of Project Prism, had a sexual relationship with McArthur. Kinsman's sisters said they searched for their brother for six months before police eventually accused McArthur of his death. A bandage was used in his murder, as well as confinement with ropes. Video surveillance showed Kinsman getting into McArthur's van outside Kinsman's house. Kinsman's DNA and the weapon used in his murder were found inside the McArthur van.
The 40-year-old man was killed on or about September 6, 2010. During the investigation, police found a piece of leather from the McArthur van that contained Navaratnam's DNA. A bracelet belonging to Navaratnam was found in McArthur's room.
Faizi was killed around December 29, 2010. The 42-year-old man was last seen in the gay village of Toronto. His vehicle was found near the home of one of McArthur's landscape shoppers. Faizi's disappearance was also investigated as part of the Houston Project.
Kanagaratnam arrived in Toronto from Sri Lanka in 2010 and police believe he died on or near January 6, 2016 at the age of 37. He was never reported as missing and unlike other McArthur victims, Kanagaratnam had no clear links with the LGBTQ community. A bandage was used in his murder, which was sexual in nature. An anonymous international agency helped identify Kanagaratnam after investigators released a heavily edited photo of a man killed in a public aid plea.