Serial killing Santa Bruce McArthur is sentenced for Gay Village Toronto murders

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McArthur will have no chance of parole for 25 years after he pleaded guilty to the charges, according to the Washington Post.

A serial killer who admitted to killing eight men in a series of crimes that terrorized Toronto's gay village has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years.

"This sentence must reflect society's revulsion for such depravity and violence", Ontario Superior Court Justice John McMahon wrote in his decision, according to the CBC.

McMahon said McArthur's actions caused devastation to not only the friends and family of his victims, but also to the LGBTQ community and the people of Toronto.

The 67-year-old killer sat quietly hunched over, hands folded in his lap, as a row of police detectives - whose investigation unfolded over the course of last year to become Toronto's largest ever - watched from a row of seats directly behind him.

"We're presuming that homophobia and racism had something to do with how much energy and effort went into investigating Project Houston", he said, referring to an investigation into three missing men later found to be among McArthur's victims.

"I am convinced because of your team's work you not only brought McArthur to justice... you saved the life of a man referred to as John".

"The ability to decapitate, dismember his victims and do it repeatedly, is pure evil", he said.

February 13, 2018 - Police say excavation at the home's backyard turned up no human remains, but suggest they may "revisit the scene" when the weather warms up.

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He's eligible for parole in 25 years.

David Dickinson said, "It has spared the community and those who knew the victims a lengthy trial". He also allegedly hid at least some of the remains on property where he stored his tools as a landscaper. "What makes this particular case unique was that there was a serial killer".

Jooyoung Lee, a sociologist and an expert on serial homicide cases, said the fact that McArthur's victims belonged to marginalised groups may have helped him evade police for years. He's been charged with neglect of duty for what was originally thought to be a shoddy investigation of McArthur in 32 Division in June of 2016, after two men came into the station complaining about a date gone bad.

The first victim to go missing was Navaratnam, a refugee who fled Sri Lanka and settled in Toronto.

An entry in Kinsman's calendar indicated who he had planned to meet that afternoon: "Bruce".

When he was arrested in January 2018, court heard that officers found a man tied to McArthur's bed. Evidence revealed in a hearing showed McArthur kept items from his victims and had photographs of them on his computer.

Prosecutors said McArthur snapped photos of the men before and after killing them, staging their corpses in poses, for example, lying on a fur coat, with an unlit cigar in their mouth, and their eyes taped open.

The court document said police uncovered a duffle bag containing duct tape, a surgical glove, rope, zip ties, a bungee cord, and syringes - evidence pointing to some of the victims being tied up, confined and sexually assaulted prior to their deaths.