Canadian serial killer Bruce McArthur sentenced to life in prison

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Bezan says he wants to ease the impact on victims' families when serious offenders, who often do not get paroled, apply anyway and get the hearings they're entitled to when they do.

For years, members of Toronto's gay community warned that there was a serial killer on the loose, that vulnerable men were going missing, that the streets were not safe.

"Today hopefully brings a final end to the criminal justice process without a lengthy and graphic public trial". His crimes were grisly, and the details-read aloud to judges in front of his victims' friends, family, and loved ones-were shocking.

Many in the community say they were convinced a serial killer was on the loose, an idea the police dismissed about a month before McArthur was caught. David Dickinson said, "It has spared the community and those who knew the victims a lengthy trial". This case has resulted in a strained relationship between the Toronto Police Department and a local LGBTQ community that doesn't understand what took almost a decade to get this gay serial killer off the streets. The only thing judges deliberated on was whether to grant him parole eligibility concurrent or consecutive to his sentence.

For murders so brutal and so horrific, prosecutors wanted McArthur to serve 50 years before he can apply for parole.

McArthur stood impassively in a red plaid shirt and grey jumper while the sentence was handed down on Friday.

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

Justice John McMahon in the Ontario Superior Court said he had "no doubt Bruce McArthur would have continued killing", reported Reuters news agency, and noted McArthur had not expressed remorse or turned himself in to police.

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The victims fit a pattern: Most were of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent and lived on the margins of Canadian society.

A number of investigations have been launched in the wake of the case, including a disciplinary case of an officer involved in an incident involving McArthur and an internal review into how missing persons cases are handled.

A vigil will be held at MCC Toronto on Sunday for the victims of Bruce McArthur.

Two pieces of evidence finally connected McArthur to the killings when police renewed their investigation in August 2017. "Although there can be no closure from a crime of this magnitude, we hope that these eight convictions for first degree murder will assist our community in beginning a new chapter of healing". Police said he was likely killed sometime between September and December 2015.

They learned McArthur was stopped when police raided his home, finding a man tied to a bed.

Two police investigations into the missing men returned no leads, even though McArthur's name came up during one investigation, and he was as a witness (not a suspect) during the later one.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said McArthur's victims should "never be forgotten".

On the day McArthur was arrested, January 18, 2018, police surveilling McArthur saw a man, identified in the agreed statement of facts as "John", meet up with McArthur and enter his apartment.