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 had friends and was a fixture in the Gay Village, Lisowick was never reported missing. Police believe he disappeared some time between April 2016 to July 2017.
One early evening, walking along Church Street, I saw Lisowick, whom I recognized, walking down the street with a tall, well-built blond man. The man had Lisowick by the back of the neck as they walked, and I could tell by the body language that things weren’t going well for Lisowick. I pulled out my phone and said “I’m calling the police.” Blond boy ignored me. I repeated myself, “I am calling the police.” This time, blond boy’s girlfriend heard me, saw my phone, and let the hulk know he’d been spotted harassing Lisowick. With a grunt and a glare, he let go of Lisowick and the man and woman headed in one direction while Lisowick headed in the other. I never said a word and never thought about it again until Lisowick turned up as one of McArthur’s alleged victims. Lisowick had a hard life, and, likely, a hard death.
As of March 2018, McArthur, 66, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Andrew Kinsmen, Selim Esen, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam and Dean Lisowick. Police have conducted extensive forensic searches and found the dismembered, skeletal remains of three unidentified people in planters at 53 Mallory Crescent, where an older couple allowed McArthur to keep some of his landscaping equipment. Police are using fingerprints, dental records and DNA analysis to identify the remains.
Police report that McArthur is not cooperating with the investigation, and that it may take months or even years to complete, as they will be investigating missing persons reports over a period of decades. McArthur is currently on suicide watch.
Various organizations have criticized the police for their handling of the case, suggesting that had the first three men identified in Project Houston been white, the alleged killer may have been caught earlier. Police Chief Mark Saunders said in an interview that if people who knew McArthur had come forward during Project Houston with the information they came forward with during Project Prism and after McArthur’s arrest, the alleged killer may have been caught earlier.
Murder Village Map
Name: Dean “Laser” Lisowick
Date of Death: unknown at this time
Manner of Death: unknown at this time
Location: unknown at this time
Suspect Name: Bruce McArthur
Conviction & Sentence: pending