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Bruce McArthur Pleads Guilty as Grisly Details of Killings Aired

The Toronto landscaper will be sentenced on Monday
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2019 1:25 PM CST
This undated photo from Facebook shows Bruce McArthur.   (Facebook/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – Bruce McArthur has pleaded guilty to murdering eight men in Toronto, and prosecutors in court on Tuesday provided grisly details of the crimes. Crown prosecutor Michael Cantlon said McArthur "staged" and photographed some of his victims and held on to some of their possessions, including jewelry and a notebook. The CBC reports Cantlon described six of the killings as sexual in nature. Duct tape, a surgical glove, rope, and zip ties were found in a search of McArthur's bedroom. All but one of the men had a link to the city's Gay Village; they vanished over a 7-year period beginning in 2010, sparking fears of a potential serial killer.

The 67-year-old Toronto landscaper buried the dismembered remains of seven of his victims in planters on a property he worked at; remains of the eighth were found buried in a ravine, reports the AP. The BBC reports McArthur "spoke softly and matter-of-factly" when entering his plea. He'll be sentenced Feb. 4. Each first-degree murder charge mandates a life sentence; the judge will decide if they'll be served consecutively or concurrently. If the latter, he could apply for release at age 91. (More on the case here.)

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