TORONTO, Canada –
A former landscaper accused of sexually assaulting, killed and destructive men, he met in Toronto's Gay Village district within seven years, allegedly blamed eight counts of first degree murder.
Bruce McArthur, wearing a black shirt, got up and said "guilty" as each charge was read. Sentencing and the victim's consequences are starting February 4th.
Last year, police found remnants of seven men in large plantations on a property where McArthur had worked and used as a storage. The remains of the eighth victim were found in a gulf behind the same estate in Midtown Toronto.
Prosecutor Michael Cantlon said that the cases from 201
McArthur, now 67, moved to the Toronto area around 2000 and has previously lived in a suburb where he was married, raised two children, and worked as a travel dealer of underwear and stockings.  His landscape business was small, but he regularly recruited workers, including a 40-year-old man who disappeared in 2010.
Police created two special task forces to investigate men's disappearances in the Gay Village area of Toronto after some disappeared.
The alleged victims fit a pattern: Most were of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent and lived on the edges of Canadian society, their disappearances attracting a little attention.
A victim hid the fact that he was homosexual from his Muslim family. Another was a recent immigrant with a drug problem. Another alleged victim was homeless, smoked crack cocaine and worked as a prostitute.
But then Andrew Kinsman disappeared. The 49-year-old LGBQT activist and former bartender in Toronto had many friends. As he suddenly walked away the day after Toronto's gay pride parade, his friends noticed quickly, and so did the police.
Police set up another special task force to look at men's disappearance in Gay Village shortly after Kinsman left.
He was last seen on a surveillance video that entered McArthur's van on June 26, 2017, and his DNA was later found inside, as did the ligature which he apparently became confused.
Members of the LGBTQ community long expressed concerns over a potential serial killer and pushes for answers in the face of disappearances. A first police force in 2012 did not lead to arrest.
Karen Fraser, who lives in the home, where McArthur stored the body parts, said he was vicious but had not known the version of him.  McArthur worked at home for 10 or 12 years for Fraser and her husband. He used the home as storage space for his landscape business and would often visit the garage several times a day.
"Terrible things were done," she said. Fraser, who said she had met two of the victims, said she had no regrets in McArthur in court, just a shiny face.
19659002] "We call it Bruce A and Bruce B," she said. "Bruce A was a man who seemed to have made decisions about his life and was very happy with it. He enjoyed his job, his clients, and never got bored with the plants. He was very talented in it. He was very happy about his children and was a grandfather. "
She called him the best friend, neighbor and relative that anyone could wish for.
"It was Bruce A. Bruce B? Who was it? I don't know," she said. "I have never seen a mood. Just a happy guy. You would never ever think. I think all his other clients said the same."
Toronto Police It. David Dickinson called the culprits the best possible result.
Asked if there should be a public inquiry, Dickinson said if the police made mistakes in the investigations they were to learn from them.
Haran Vijayanathan, a community activist and chief executive of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention in Toronto, said there is a sense of relief among families.
"But there is also confusion and questions about why," he said.
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