Uncover: The Village (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
When a series of men—many of them immigrants from South Asia and the Middle East—disappeared from Toronto’s Gay Village between 2010 and 2017, local police weren’t sure that any crimes had been committed. Only after Andrew Kinsman, a beloved bartender and fixture in the neighborhood, went missing in June 2017 did detectives seriously consider the possibility that a serial killer was on the loose. Seven months later, they arrested Bruce McArthur, a self-employed gardener, for the murders of eight gay men. He’d dismembered his victims and hidden their remains in planter boxes.
After establishing the known facts of the McArthur case, host Justin Ling takes listeners back to the Gay Village of the 1970s, when another string of unsolved murders rocked the neighborhood. McArthur lived nearby at the time—was this his first killing spree? As Ling digs through cold case files and interviews long-time residents, he lifts this exceptional podcast beyond the limits of true crime to present a vibrant portrait of a community whose identity is rooted in its refusal to be silenced.