Bruce McArthur, 67, a regular at Toronto’s gay neighborhood bars, pled guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder. Until January 2018, the neighborhood was told by police that there was no serial killer to be worried about.
“Why did the police seemingly not take the concerns of the LGBTQ community more seriously?” the board wrote in an op-ed. “The Church-Wellesley community had long feared there was a serial killer in their midst and the police denied it. Would police have taken more and swifter action if McArthur’s victims had not been gay or people of color, homeless or addicted to drugs?”
Police questioned McArthur in 2013, but found no connection to the men’s deaths, dating from 2010 to 2017.