A Toronto landscape gardener accused of killing eight men missing between 2010 and 17 has pleaded guilty to their murders.
Bruce McArthur, 67, was arrested last January and charged with the deaths of two men, and the police subsequently charged him in six more cases.
Most of his victims had connections to the Gay Village neighborhood in Toronto.
Many of the remains of the victims were found in plant pots on a property in Toronto, Leaside.
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Each of the first-degree homicidal charges is linked to an automatic lifelong condemnation, which means that he can not apply for release until he is 91 years old.
Judgment Condemned Begin on February 4, when friends and relatives will provide Impact statements describing how the murders affected their lives.
What were his crimes?
In court, attorney general Michael Cantlon said on Tuesday that McArthur "staged" and photographed the victims and kept some of their jewelry as souvenirs, CBC reports.
called the crimes "sexual in nature," adding that after the murders he dismembered the bodies of men to avoid discovery.
While many of the remains at 53 Mallory Crescent, Toronto, where McArthur worked as a gardener, were buried in planters, others were buried in a nearby canyon.
McArthur had made an agreement with the elderly residents of the house to keep his landscape equipment there for free lawn care, according to the authorities.
Karen Fraser, one of the residents of the house, told reporters outside the courthouse that the couple feels "injured" by the man they had known for more than a decade.
"How does remorse look? I just saw a blank face," she said, calling him "evil" and a "shuffling, broken man" he should be.
The police say they found a duffel bag, surgical gown, rope, zippers, black rubber cord and syringes in his bedroom when they searched his property, according to court documents.
They say that some of the victims were killed or "unlawfully imprisoned" during a sexual assault.
The arrest initiated a massive investigation involving the largest city in Canada, one of the largest investigations in the history of Toronto police.
The investigators searched dozens of properties associated with the self-employed landscaper, and investigated cold spells dating back to decades.
An LGBT community in terror
Analysis of Robin Levinson-King in the Toronto Court
In a fully-occupied courtroom, Bruce McArthur's eight guilty pleas made the beginning of a saga for centuries the LGBT Community in Toronto.
In a black cable-knit pullover and plaid shirt, McArthur spoke softly and objectively as he addressed the court filled with his family and friends of his victims. 19659007] When the plea was read, they were stoic, but outside the courtroom, many embraced them with relief in their eyes.
For years, rumors of a serial killer haunting Gay Village in Toronto have left the city's LGBT community in fear.
McArthur's conviction and subsequent sentencing to life imprisonment will be a relief.
But the question remains: how could he escape justice for so long?  Who are the victims?
All but one victim had connections to the gay village of the city.
Many were immigrants from South Asia or the Middle East.
Members of the LGBT community in Toronto have criticized the police and said they have not taken their concerns about the missing men seriously.
The first two alleged victims were identified in January as Andrew Kinsman (49) and Selim Esen (44), both of whom were missing in 2017.
Since then, police have named Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, who disappeared on the weekend of the working day in 2010; Soroush Mahmudi, 50, was reported missing in 2015; Dean Lisowick, 47, who was reportedly killed in April 2016; Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, who disappeared in 2010; Majeed Kayhan, 58, who disappeared in 2012; and Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, who was killed by the police between September 3 and December 14, 2015.