Stories of Murder in Toronto's Gay Village

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Stories of Murder in Toronto's Gay Village


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What is a “Life Sentence” in Canada?

A homicide in Canada must include culpability to be considered murder. That means, the courts must believe the killer is deserving of blame. The fact that the courts must decide culpability, or blameworthiness, opens the legal charge of murder, to the influence of homophobia. Currently, murder in Canada is split into first degree and second degree. First degree murder includes: • contracted...

Murder Timelines now online

We are proud to announce we have completed a timeline which lists all murders, plus some historical events of significance to LGBTQ+ people, and changes to the criminal code affecting murder. The timeline will be constantly updated, and can be accessed in the menu,

Memorial Tonight for Skanda

There is a memorial tonight for Skanda Navaratnam, allegedly one of serial killer Bruce McArthur’s victims. To be held 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the 519 Church Street Community Centre, this memorial is in support of Skanda’s family.

Police Consider Cold Cases in McArthur Murders

Alleged gay serial killer Bruce McArthur

Alleged Convicted gay Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur has, as of April 2018, been charged with the deaths of eight men, most of whom are gay/LGBT+. Sgt. Detective Hank Idsinga has said police are reviewing cold case murder files dating back to the 1970s where gay men were slain in the downtown core or after leaving gay bars. Police are not specifically naming whose cases they are checking...

Arrest in Tess Richey murder

Graffiti on a sign memorializing the murder of Tess Richey

On February 5, 2018, police announced the arrest of 21-year-old Kalen Schlatter. He was charged with second-degree murder in relation to the death of Tess Richey. A trial is pending. Just before police made the announcement, a member of the Richey family explained that they were told that postering efforts weren’t required because, apparently, Schlatter had been a suspect for a while. That...

Toronto Gay Serial Killer Bruce McArthur

Alleged gay serial killer Bruce McArthur

Murder Village is not a newspaper, we don’t report on crimes as they happen. The discovery and arrest of gay, Toronto-based serial killer Bruce McArthur is being covered in depth in various media (you can search links on Google, Duck Duck Go and NewsLookUp, among many others). Our site is dedicated to presenting information in a respectful way, and providing accurate information. Rarely do...

Just An Observation

Black and white photo of Toronto homicide victim Tess Richey

Today when I was out and about in The Village, I saw someone who made me think “Is that the murder suspect in the Tess Richey case? I could not find any flyers that showed the guy’s picture. Why is there none out there that I could see?  Isn’t it the police’s job to plaster the flyers everywhere? Maybe the BIA? Surely it is not the grieving family’s! Once I got home...

A Mother’s Heartbreak

Black and white photo of Toronto homicide victim Tess Richey

Tess Richey, 25, was out celebrating on November 24, 2017, with friend Ryley Simard at Crews & Tangos, a Gay Village drag bar, although Richey is not LGBTQ+. They left the bar at approximately 1:30am, heading north toward Dundonald Street where they hung out with a friend of Richey’s on her front porch. With them was an unidentified man. Just before 4am, Simard’s boyfriend texted...

Disappeared Then Dead – Victim 8

Black and white photo of Toronto homicide victim Andrew Kinsman

Andrew Kinsman, 49, disappeared from the area of Parliament and Winchester Streets , just outside the Toronto Gay Village, on June 26, 2017. He disappeared just 10 weeks after Selim Esen, triggering fear of a serial killer operating in the Village. During a press conference, friend Ted Healey said “I’ve never known Andrew to just pick up and disappear like this… He wouldn’t not tell his...

Missing Then Murdered – Victim 7

Black and white photo of Toronto homicide victim Selim Esen

On April 14, 2017, Selim Esen, 44, disappeared in the area of Bloor St. East and Ted Rogers Way, on the outskirts of the Toronto Gay Village. His disappearance would be tied 10 weeks later to that of Andrew Kinsman. Selim Esen, who arrived from Turkey just a few years before his murder. Police said both men were active on social media dating apps, and concern grew in the gay community of a serial...

Never Reported Missing – Victim 6

Black and white photo of Toronto homicide victim Dean Lisowick

Dean Lisowick had a tough life. Struggling with homelessness and drug addiction, the 47-year-old would rely on panhandling, digging through garbage to find booze bottles to return for cash, and prostitution. Sometimes the local bars would hire him to clean floors or stock shelves. He would stay in shelters around the downtown core, and sometimes with friends. Because of his lifestyle, although he...

Cancer Researcher Murdered

Photo of murder victim Dr. Mark Ernsting

On December 15, 2015, Dr. Mark Ernsting went for his regular nightly walk. It would be his last. Ernsting, 39, was a well-respected cancer researcher who lived with is husband Robert Iseman on Carlton Street in downtown Toronto. His walk would take him around the nearby Ryerson University campus, where he was also an adjunct professor. Then he ran into his killer, Calvin Michael Nimoh, 22, a...

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