Arrest in Toronto gay murders case

Your Activist returns to a story covered last year, that of a killer thought to be on the loose in Toronto’s gay community.

Toronto Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in the presumed deaths of two gay men who disappeared from downtown Toronto last year. The arrest was announced yesterday.

Bruce McArthur, of Toronto faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Andrew Kinsman, 49, and Selim Esen, 44, who vanished close to the city’s predominantly gay neighbourhood.

Homicide Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga told reporters McArthur and Kinsman were involved in a sexual relationship “for some time.”

McArthur was previously convicted for assault causing bodily harm in 2001, and is known to use facebook and other social media and dating web sites.

Police are now investigating whether the accused man is involved in other killings and a number of properties are being searched.