1.8K Items Taken From Alleged Serial Killer's Home

Bruce McArthur's place was searched inch by inch
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2018 5:08 AM CDT
Alleged Serial Killer's Home Searched Inch-by-Inch
Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga is seen on Feb. 8, 2018, after briefing the media at a Toronto property where Bruce McArthur worked.   (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – After four months of painstaking work, police in Toronto have completed their search of the apartment of the man believed to be the city's worst-ever serial killer. Police say at least two forensic officers have been at Bruce McArthur's 19th-floor apartment every day since mid-January, looking for evidence to link him to the eight murders he's been charged with. "You can imagine when you open the door to that place, you're proceeding inch by inch going into the premises, literally, examining every square inch," Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga tells the CBC. He says investigators took 18,000 photos of the unit, seized 1,800 pieces of evidence, and are now "proud but tired."

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Police haven't released many details on where McArthur, a 66-year-old landscaper, is believed to have killed his victims, though at least one may have been murdered in the apartment as early as 2010, the Toronto Star reports. Idsinga says that since the investigation encompassed the entire unit, officers had to very slowly work from the front entrance inward to avoid contaminating the space. Investigators are also working outdoors: McArthur is believed to have buried the remains of some of his victims in concrete planters around the city. Police say now that the weather is warmer, they're using cadaver dogs to investigate around 100 properties linked to McArthur, based on his list of clients. (Sources say police found a man tied to a bed when they arrested McArthur in January.)

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