Canadian serial killer gets eight concurrent life sentences

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Ottawa, Feb 9. Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur has been
handed a life sentence for the murder of eight men and he cannot apply for
parole for 25 years.

The 67-year-old has been given eight concurrent life
sentences. He pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder
for the brutal killings of eight men between 2010 and 2017.
Some of them were his
close friends, the BBC reported.

At a
sentencing hearing on Friday, Ontario Superior Court Justice John McMahon noted
the gruesome nature of McArthur’s crimes but he cited the latter’s guilty plea
and his age as reasons for his sentencing decision. McArthur will not be
eligible for parole before he is 91.

Most of the
killed, as well as McArthur himself, had deep ties to Toronto’s LGBTQ
. Most victims were immigrants and of South Asian or Middle
Eastern descent. Some lived parts of their life in secret because of their
sexual orientation.

McMahon called the crimes “pure evil” and especially condemned
McArthur’s exploitation of his victims’ vulnerabilities.

sexually assaulted and forcibly confined many of his victims before murdering
them. He killed most of the men in his bedroom, where he bound and then
strangled them with rope.

posed their bodies for photographs, with many of the pictures featuring the
same fur coat. He kept those images in folders on his computer labelled for
each of his victims, accessing some of those photos long after the killings.

McArthur dismembered all his victims and
buried most of their remains in large planter pots at a home in midtown Toronto
where he stored his landscaping equipment. One man’s remains were found in a
garbage bin buried in a nearby ravine.

McArthur was arrested in January 2018,
police found a man tied to his bed and a folder on his computer labelled with
the man’s name that contained photos of him.

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