Accused serial killer McArthur charged with eighth count of first-degree murder

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Suspected Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur was charged with an eighth count of murder after police identified a Sri Lankan man whose dismembered body was found in a potted plant connected to McArthur, Toronto Police Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said Monday.

"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.

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.

Kanagratnam is the second alleged victim of McArthur's who was an immigrant from Sri Lanka.

McArthur was already charged in the deaths of Andrew Kinsman, 49; Selim Esen, 44; Majeed Kayhan, 59; Soroush Mahmudi, 50; Dean Lisowick, 47; Skandaraj "Skanda" Navaratnam, 40, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 42.

Idsinga said more remains might be found at the home McArthur used as storage and that 75 properties linked to the landscaper are under investigation.

Mr. Kanagaratnam was identified last Thursday after Toronto police took the exceptional step of releasing a photo believed to have been taken after his death. The identification of Kanagaratnam was confirmed with assistance from an global government agency, Idsinga said.

Idsinga thanked those who have come forward and provided tips and encouraged anyone who has not heard from police, or who has information about McArthur, to contact investigators.

He said the victims in those cases matched the general profile of the first seven men McArthur is accused of killing.

With the exception of Kayhan, police say they've identified the remains of those men in the planters. He is alleged to have killed them between 2010 and 2017.

Toronto police have faced heavy criticism from the public and the LGBTQ community in particular for their handling of the missing persons cases. It's unknown whether he will be facing further charges, but investigators are looking into murders and disappearances going back as far as 1975.

An external review to be launched later this month will look into the way in which Toronto police investigated the missing men reports.

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