Where is Bruce McArthur Now? | The Story of Toronto’s Most Prolific Serial Killer

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What did Bruce McArthur do?

Bruce McArthur is a serial killer who was active between 2010 and 2017 in Toronto, Canada, and is believed to be responsible for the murders of eight men who disappeared from the neighbourhood of Church and Wellesley, which was known to be largely populated by the LGBTQ community.

The investigation into the murders was the largest ever conducted by the Toronto police service. Criticisms were levelled at the Toronto police service for the handling of the initial missing persons investigations, and it led to several internal reviews, and also the formation of a dedicated missing persons unit. 

How was McArthur caught, and what happened at the trial?

Police had McArthur under surveillance in early 2018, and decided to arrest him shortly after they saw a young man enter his apartment, believing his life was at risk. They found the young man restrained on a bed when they entered the apartment. He had met McArthur through a dating app called Growlr and claimed they had met for sex several times. 

The officers had a search warrant for the apartment after obtaining blood evidence from McArthur’s van. Thanks to evidence found on his devices in the apartment, he was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two men. Despite their bodies not being found, the police said they had a good idea of how they died, and there was sufficient evidence for murder convictions even without the bodies. 

On the 29th January, 2019, McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder in the Ontario Supreme Court, and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for twenty-five years. He is the most prolific known serial killer the Toronto area has ever seen. 

Where is Bruce McArthur now?

Bruce McArthur is currently serving his sentence at the Millhaven Institution in Bath, Ontario. He is 72 years of age. 

In 2022, a six-part documentary titled Santa Claus the Serial Killer was broadcast by BBC Three, which explored the case in detail, while also exploring themes of sexuality, culture and race. 

In the same year, Netflix covered the case in their highly successful true crime series, Catching Killers, with episodes three and four of season two.

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