Stories of Murder in Toronto's Gay Village

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Stories of Murder in Toronto's Gay Village


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Victim was Sri Lankan Refugee – Victim 5

Black and white photo of Toronto homicide victim Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam

Toronto police had a photograph of a dead man’s face, and parts of his body, before they had his name. Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, who is already facing seven counts of first-degree murder, is rumoured to have taken photographs of his victims in various poses up to and including the “death pose”. Parts of the man were found in planters, along with body parts of other...

Mysterious Man Murdered – Victim 4

Black and white photo of Toronto homicide victim Soroush Mahmudi

Soroush Mahmudi, 50, was married to a woman and lived in the suburb of Scarborough with his stepson. When he went missing in August 2015, his wife never imagined it would take two years before she would learn a horrible truth. Described by his wife as a great guy with a good heart, Mahmudi, originally from Iran, met his wife in Canada and had been together for 12 years before he disappeared...

Slashed and Stabbed

Black and white photo of Toronto homicide victim Brent Gartner

At 6:34 p.m. on January 10, 2015, paramedics arrived at 330 Jarvis St. to find Brent Gartner, 51, lying outside his apartment, bleeding. He was taken to St. Mike’s Hospital vital signs absent, and did not recover. He was the first homicide of the year. A resident of building notified building security when a visiting friend told him “there was a pool of blood in the elevator.”...

Serial Killer Chose Man With Double Life – Victim 3

Black and white photo of Toronto homicide victim Majeed “Hamid” Kayhan

Majeed “Hamid” Kayhan, Abdulbasir Faizi and Skandaraj “Skanda” Navaratnam were all targets of Project Houston, a task force set up in November 2012 to investigate their disappearances. Kayhan and Navaratnam were also alleged targets of gay Toronto alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur. Project Houston did not find any evidence that the men were murdered, and therefore McArthur was...

Accusations of Murder for Hire

Black and white photo of murder victim Allan Lanteigne

The body of Allan Lanteigne, 49, was found still dressed in his coat, face down in the front foyer of his home on March 3, 2011 just before 3:30p.m. He had been beaten to death. Lanteigne was a caterer and an accounting clerk at the University of Toronto and, when he did not show up for work, a friend went to his home at 934 Ossington Avenue and, upon finding the body, called police. There were...

Wife Reported Him Missing – Victim 2

Black and white photo of Toronto homicide victim Abdulbasir Faizi

On December 29, 2010, Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, disappeared. On April 11, 2018, Toronto police announced they charged alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur with his murder. Faizi was a married immigrant from Afghanistan, with a wife and two daughters. He was last seen leaving his work at a Mississauga printing company around 7 p.m. on the evening of December 28, 2010. He was driving his 2002 Nissan...

Long Time Relationship Led To Murder – Victim 1

Black and white photo of Toronto homicide victim Skandaraj “Skanda” Navaratnam

Zipperz was a bar at the edge of the Gay Village, operating for 16 years at the corner of Carlton and Church Streets. Known for its piano players and retro dance feel, it attracted an older crowd. That’s where police believe Skandaraj “Skanda” Navaratnam, 40, met his killer. Navaratnam was last seen in the early morning hours of September 10, 2010, leaving Zipperz, leaving with a man. He is...

SUV Was Murder Weapon

Black and white photo of murder victim Christopher Skinner

Christopher John Andrew Skinner was 27 when he was purposefully struck and killed by an SUV on October 28, 2009. He was killed in Toronto’s Entertainment District at Adelaide St. East and Victoria Street and police immediately began searching for CCTV and security video footage from businesses in the area. He was engaged and planning to go to law school. In the early morning hours, Skinner...

Attack Was Personal

Black and white photo of murder victim Ross Magill

On Monday July 14, 2008, sixty-four-year-old William Ross Magill was pronounced dead at his home on 40 Delisle Avenue. He had been stabbed. Magill, how usually went by Ross Magill, had been a gifted interior designer prior to his three-year descent into sex and drugs and alcohol. Friends said he had begun to bring home younger men, and after allowing two of them come into his midtown apartment...

Money Was The Motive

Black and white photo of murder victim Harley Walker

Seventy-two-year-old Harley Walker was born in Manchester England and immigrated to Toronto in 1958 where he found employment with the CBC for 30 years. He went missing on October 13, 2006, after meeting a man, David Reid, on an internet gay chat room. The two men exchanged messages, and met for coffee for several months. It was during this time Reid discovered Walker had a large investment...

Hard Knock Life

Black and white photo of murder victim Lawrence Callahan

Lawrence “Larry” Roosevelt Callahan was born in Botwood Newfoundland on July 13. 1941. He died at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto on June 10, 2006, after being savagely beaten in his home. It took more than a month for the police homicide unit to be called in to investigate his death. Callahan, 64, was found unconscious in his apartment at 45 Strathmore Blvd. on June 2 with...

Acquitted in 4 Hours

Black and white photo of murder victim Janko Naglic

Although it took the jury less than four hours to acquit Ivan Mendez-Romero of killing his lover Janko Naglic, and no other person has ever been charged, Toronto police consider Naglic’s murder to be “case closed.” Naglic, 58, was murdered on October 27, 2004 and found in his home on Balliol Street. Naglic was renowned in the Gay Village, not only for his outspoken personality...

Psychiatrist Murdered

Black and white photo of murder victim Henry Durost

When he did not show up for work, police were called to the home of prominent psychiatrist and former medical director of the Queen Street Mental Health Centre, Dr. Henry Durost, on January 6, 2004. Inside the apartment at 7 Jackes Avenue they found Durost, 78, dead. Durost died of strangulation, and suffered broken ribs, injuries to the hands and wrists, sharp force injuries to the ear and neck...

Sex Worker Strangled

Black and white photo of murder victim Cassandra Do

On August 25, 2003, Cassandro Do, 32, was found in her bathtub sexually assaulted and murdered in her 60 Glouster Street apartment by police who were responding to a call. An autopsy showed she was manually strangled. She had been scheduled to meet a client that day. Do, a preoperative transsexual who had once worked as a nurse, was saving money for her operation, and working as a prostitute in...

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