Canadian serial killer buried dead bodies of seven men in friend’s yard

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Karen Fraser appeared in a new documentary on Oxygen (pictured) and described her horror to learn that McArthur had buried seven of his victims in his backyard.



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A woman who unwittingly helped a Canadian serial killer dispose of his victims shared her shock to learn that the corpses of seven men had been buried in her backyard.

Bruce McArthur, 69, was sentenced to life in prison in 2019 after pleading guilty to sexual assault, murder and dismemberment of eight men he met in the gay village of Toronto over a seven-year period.

All but one of McArthur’s victims were found buried in planters on the property of Karen Fraser and her husband Ron Smith.

The couple had agreed to let McArthur store tools for his landscaping business in their garage in exchange for cutting his grass and tending to the yard.

Fraser spoke to Fox News this week and recounted the day she learned that tools weren’t the only thing McArthur kept in her house.

Bruce McArthur, 69 (pictured), was sentenced to live in jail in 2019 after pleading guilty to sexual assault, murder and dismemberment of eight men he met in the gay village of Toronto over a seven-year period.

Karen Fraser appeared in a new documentary on Oxygen (pictured) and described her horror to learn that McArthur had buried seven of his victims in his backyard.

Karen Fraser appeared in a new documentary on Oxygen (pictured) and described her horror to learn that McArthur had buried seven of his victims in his backyard.

Investigators spent a week scouring Fraser's yard and surrounding area in July 2018

Investigators spent a week scouring Fraser's yard and surrounding area in July 2018

Investigators spent a week scouring Fraser’s yard and surrounding areas in July 2018

Fraser said she was completely surprised when police arrived at her home in January 2018 and told her she had to leave within five minutes so that they could conduct a search following the arrest and charge of murder of Arthur.

“Half of me was pulling back and staring in horror,” she said. “The other half was trying to think clearly.

“They didn’t have a search warrant and I was fully aware of it. I really didn’t have to pay attention to it if I didn’t want to.

“But when the officer said a serious crime had been committed and Bruce McArthur had been arrested, then I knew it was serious.

“The officer was clearly upset, so something big was happening. It was the first of many decisions to trust the system. So we cooperated and left.

Fraser said she initially couldn’t believe McArthur was guilty of crimes because the man she had known for years was calm, friendly and never caused any problems.

“The mere fact that the police believed him guilty did not make him guilty,” Fraser said. “I defended him for a while.

She said her perception changed one night when a detective told her, “Karen, don’t waste your sympathy on this man. We have never had as much evidence against someone as against them. Don’t waste your good feelings on this man.

The house did not belong to McArthur, but rather to couple Ron Smith and Karen Fraser (above) who were horrified to learn how much their property had been used by McArthur.

The house did not belong to McArthur, but rather to couple Ron Smith and Karen Fraser (above) who were horrified to learn how much their property had been used by McArthur.

The house did not belong to McArthur, but rather to couple Ron Smith and Karen Fraser (above) who were horrified to learn how much their property had been used by McArthur.

Fraser said she met McArthur (pictured) over a decade ago

Fraser said she met McArthur (pictured) over a decade ago

She described the landscaper as 'caring, generous and cheerful'

She described the landscaper as 'caring, generous and cheerful'

Fraser said she met McArthur (left and right) over a decade ago. She described him as “caring, generous and cheerful”

Fraser said she met McArthur over a decade ago when he was starting his landscaping business.

When offering to take care of her yard in exchange for storing her equipment at her home, Fraser said, “I thought I got the best deal of my life. ”

“He was very efficient and loved his job,” she said. “He was very good at it. He was very pleasant and spoke fondly of his children. He was also an excellent grandfather.

“He was just a nice man who seemed very happy with the choices he made in life.

“I’ve never seen him lose his temper with anyone. He was caring, generous and cheerful.

Fraser said she was aware of rumors that men were disappearing from the town’s gay village, but that she had never had any reason to suspect McArthur.

After McArthur’s arrest, Fraser learned that she had actually encountered two of her victims – Skandaraj Navaratnam and Majeed Kayhan – who were working with the killer.

“Bruce always had people helping him, so I didn’t think much about it,” she said of the time she met Navaratnam, a 40-year-old refugee from Sri Lanka who disappeared in 2010.

“I remember Skandaraj was very charming. He immediately caught your attention. Fabulous smile. He was well dressed and was still laughing. I never saw him again.’

Kayhan, a 58-year-old immigrant from Afghanistan, disappeared two years later in 2012.

“I felt very sorry for him,” she said of Kayhan. “He was trying to work but he was poorly dressed.

“My impression was that he had never touched a shovel before in his life. He clearly didn’t want to do it. I remember Bruce was just mad at him.

“About three weeks later, I emailed Bruce and asked if he was keeping his job. I never received a response. ‘

Fraser said Kayhan’s body was later found a few feet from where she met him.

It was one of seven bodies buried in the planters in Fraser’s yard. The eighth body was found in a ravine behind his property.

Fraser and her husband are seen outside their home in Toronto as investigators began searching for the remains of McArthur's victims in January 2018

Fraser and her husband are seen outside their home in Toronto as investigators began searching for the remains of McArthur's victims in January 2018.

Fraser and her husband are seen outside their home in Toronto as investigators began searching for the remains of McArthur’s victims in January 2018.

Fraser had allowed McArthur to store landscaping tools in his home's garage (pictured)

Fraser had allowed McArthur to store landscaping tools in his home's garage (pictured)

Fraser had allowed McArthur to store landscaping tools in his home’s garage (pictured)

Investigators examine compost for human remains behind Fraser's house in 2018

Investigators examine compost for human remains behind Fraser's house in 2018

Investigators examine compost for human remains behind Fraser’s house in 2018

Three years later, Fraser said she was still haunted by the fact that the bodies had been under her nose for so long.

“On a hot day, if we saw the flowers drop a bit, my partner and I would water them,” she said. “So we watered the planters where the victims were buried.

“I can’t give you words to describe how horrible it was. And cruel. It’s just all the negative words you can find. Sometimes your mind is overwhelmed by it all.

Fraser spoke to Fox News ahead of the release of a new documentary on the case, Catching a Serial Killer: Bruce McArthur, which is scheduled to air Sunday on Oxygen as part of the channel’s “Serial Killer Week.”

McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of murder in early 2019. His victims were: Kayhan, Navaratnam, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Abdulbasir Faizi Kirushna Kanagaratnam, Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman.

The murders all took place between 2010 and 2017 and all involved sexual assault or forcible confinement.

Several of the victims – most of whom were of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent – were strangled.

McArthur became a suspect in 2017 when his latest victim, Kinsman, was reported missing after being last seen in the landscaper’s van.

Although most cases received little publicity, Kinsman immediately gained attention because the 49-year-old former bartender was a well-known LGBTQ activist in Toronto.

McArthur was arrested for Kinsman’s murder after police discovered the victim’s blood and DNA in the van, which he sold to a junkyard.

Investigators also discovered the ligature used by McArthur to strangle Kinsman.

Police raided McArthur’s home on January 18, 2018 and found a naked man handcuffed to his bed.

They also discovered a directory with nine subfolders – eight for the men he killed and one for the man found at the time of McArthur’s arrest.

McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of murder in early 2019. He is pictured in the center in a court sketch of a hearing where he was sentenced to life in prison.

McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of murder in early 2019. He is pictured in the center in a court sketch of a hearing where he was sentenced to life in prison.

McArthur pleaded guilty to eight counts of murder in early 2019. He is pictured in the center in a court sketch of a hearing where he was sentenced to life in prison.

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