Bruce McArthur

Santa, 2010–2017 Toronto serial homicides

  Active for 9 years
(2010-2018) in Canada

8

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

8

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 10 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 2 Books About Bruce McArthur
  14. 3 External References
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Bruce McArthur (Thomas Donald Bruce McArthur) a Canadian serial killer known as the 2010–2017 Toronto serial homicides. The 2010–2017 Toronto serial homicides occurred between 2010 and 2017, there was a series of disappearances of men in Toronto, Canada. He was known as Santa for his seasonal employment at a local shopping mall. Authorities found evidence including photographs of victims in his apartment. Authorities found the dismembered remains of several men in planter boxes at a residence where McArthur stored landscaping equipment. He was arrested in 2018 and convicted of all eight murders in 2019. On February 8th 2019, Bruce McArthur was sentenced to eight concurrent life sentences without the possibility of parole for twenty-five years.

Bruce McArthur Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Bruce McArthur (aka) Santa, 2010–2017 Toronto serial homicides, was active for 9 years between 2010-2018, known to have ( 8 confirmed / 8 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: Canada

Bruce McArthur was born (Thomas Donald Bruce McArthur) on October 8th 1951 in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada. He was raised by both parents. McArthur had one biological sister, up to ten foster children staying at the house. His father, a farmer and foster parent. His mother, a foster parent to troubled children.

McArthur a homosexual male citizen of Canada. McArthur completed 14 years of school, received a college degree. McArthur gained part of his education while attending Fenelon Falls Secondary School. McArthur married Janice Campbell, she left and took the children in 2005. He had two children, a daughter and a son, Melanie and Todd.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, and served time in jail. He saw a psychologist.

In 2010 (Age 58/59) Bruce McArthur started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. He was known to kill at both his home and the home of the victim. He would keep personal items from the victim after the crime. At least one victim was tied, bound, or otherwise restrained during the crime. At the time of his crimes he was living with his son Todd at an apartment in Thorncliffe Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where McArthur was known to work as a landscaper, garden designer.

He was arrested on January 18th 2018 (Age 66), convicted on January 29th 2019 (Age 67), sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for twenty-five years at Toronto South Detention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Profile Completeness: 80%
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Bruce McArthur has been listed on Killer.Cloud since September of 2018 and was last updated 3 months ago.

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Bruce McArthur
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-05-13 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Bruce McArthur
Nickname: Santa, 2010–2017 Toronto serial homicides
Victims: 8 - 8
Years Active: 2010 - 2018
Ages Active: 58/59 - 66/67
Active Countries: Canada
Life Span: 1951 -     
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: Canada
Sexual Preference: homosexual
Astrological Sign: Libra
Sep 23 - Oct 23
Birth Month: October
Marital Status: married Janice Campbell, she left and took the children in 2005
Children: two children, a daughter and a son, Melanie and Todd
Living With: his son Todd at an apartment in Thorncliffe Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation: landscaper, garden designer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Oct 8, 1951
Birth Name: Thomas Donald Bruce McArthur
Family Name: McArthur
Given Name: Thomas
Birth Location: Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: one biological sister, up to ten foster children staying at the house
Rasied By: both parents
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: a foster parent to troubled children
Father: a farmer and foster parent

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 14 years of school
Highest Degree: college degree
Educated At: Fenelon Falls Secondary School

Incarceration
Arrested: Jan 18, 2018 (Age 66)
Convicted: Jan 29, 2019 (Age 67)
Sentence: life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for twenty-five years
Prison Location: Toronto South Detention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: FALSE

Death Information
Death Date: N/A
Cause of Death: N/A
Death Location: N/A
Killed In Prison: N/A
Suicide: N/A
10 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Bruce McArthur

The 10 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Bruce McArthur. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Oct 08 1951Bruce McArthur was born in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada.  #19511008
Oct 08 1971
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
Oct 08 1981
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Oct 08 1991
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
Oct 08 2001
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
2010
(Age 58/59)
Bruce McArthur started his serial killing spree. #2010
Oct 08 2011
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
2018
(Age 66/67)
Bruce McArthur ended his serial killing spree. #2018
Jan 18 2018
(Age 66)
Bruce McArthur arrested. #20180118
Jan 29 2019
(Age 67)
Bruce McArthur was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for twenty-five years at Toronto South Detention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  #20190129
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Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
psychologist TRUE 256
previous crimes TRUE 363
previous jail TRUE 347
kill at killers home TRUE 315
kill at victims home TRUE 318
used weapon TRUE 448
rape TRUE 447
bound TRUE 401
strangle TRUE 437
mutilated TRUE 440
totem personal item TRUE 350
living with children FALSE 267
mother drug abuse FALSE 192
problems in school FALSE 218
teased in school FALSE 215
physically defect FALSE 298
speach defect FALSE 298
head injury FALSE 297
physically abused FALSE 228
psychologically abused FALSE 221
sexually abused FALSE 223
forensic hospital FALSE 255
previous prision FALSE 332
used gun FALSE 447
ate part of body FALSE 445
drank blood FALSE 436
robbed FALSE 414


Books that Mention Bruce McArthur

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2 Books that mention Serial Killer
Bruce McArthur

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1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
1101204621 Serial Killers 19

Between 2010 and 2017 there was a series of disappearances of men in Toronto. In the early part of the decade Toronto Police Services (TPS) had created Project Houston, a divisional task force which linked the disappearances of three men of South Asian or Middle Eastern origin to Church and Wellesley, Toronto's gay village. However, the investigation was unable to determine if the disappearances were related or if a crime had been committed.

Wikipedia
External References
  1. 2010–2017 Toronto serial homicides on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Oct 1, 2018.
  2. Q48688194 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018.
  3. Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur pleads guilty on www.citynews1130.com, Retrieved on Jan 29, 2019.
Internal References

Bruce McArthur is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #2 of 18 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in Canada
  2. #12 of 63 [ Page 1 ] of Recent Serial Killers sorted by Most Recent
  3. #14 of 36 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in October
  4. #15 of 42 [ Page 1 ] of Libra Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #96 of 249 [ Page 7 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #114 of 305 [ Page 8 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #174 of 649 [ Page 12 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  8. #220 of 649 [ Page 15 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #220 of 649 [ Page 15 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  10. #393 of 649 [ Page 27 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
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