As news broke today that Toronto Police had arrested and charged a man with two counts of first-degree murder of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman, social media swirled with speculation over whether or not a profile on Facebook matched that of the alleged killer.
On the Facebook profile of alleged killer Bruce McArthur, a 66-year-old self-employed landscaper, there are pictures of the accused dressed up as a mall Santa Claus, with nearly about a dozen eerie pictures of him with kids sitting on his lap. Some accounts on Twitter suggested these pictures were from the Eaton Centre, but they’re actually from Agincourt Mall, located at 3850 Sheppard Ave East, Scarborough. There are pictures from the mall’s profile and another Facebook user that confirm McArthur was the Agincourt Mall Santa Claus in 2015 and 2016.
I’ve reached out to representatives at Agincourt Mall for comment and didn’t get a response in the first couples hours. I will update this story if and when I hear back.McArthur is presumed innocent until proven guilty, but a lot of people will be shocked to find out that their Christmas pictures of their children or families include an alleged serial killer dressed up as Santa Claus in them.
The fact that anyone can browse the pictures of an alleged serial killer, seeing their intimate pictures and how they mingled within society, is a bit bizarre and surreal, strikingly similar to something in a Black Mirror episode.
Other pictures on McArthur’s Facebook page suggest he lived a comfortable lifestyle. In some posts it’s almost as if he was flaunting his ability to elude police – if he’s indeed the killer.
Some Facebook users noticed they had common friends with McArthur.
After Toronto Police announced that they think McArthur was also the perpetrator in other murders in the gay village, many new questions arise as to how and why the police didn’t piece this together sooner as many in the community suspected this for years, and the police always said they didn’t believe several disappearances were the act of a serial killer, despite three men disappearing in the area years ago and other disappearances occurring last year.