A criminal profiler said she tried to tip off Toronto police about a serial killer terrorizing the city's 'Gay Village' six months before he was arrested.
Bruce McArthur, 66, was taken into custody on January 18 for allegedly murdering at least six men.
Sasha Reid, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, had studied serial killers for more than a decade and was a building a missing persons database as a project when she noticed a connection between three cases, reported CTV News.
PhD student Sasha Reid (pictured) said she tried to warn Toronto police that she had built a profile of a suspected serial killer targeting gay men six months before he was arrested
The profile mostly matched Bruce McArthur, 66 (pictured), who was arrested on January 18 and is accused of having killed at least six men.
Reid determined that the killer was the same of all three victims who was preying on Toronto's gay men.
'At a certain point, you know that there is a serial killer operating,' she told TKTK.
'Studying serial homicide for over 10 years now, you learn not to ignore patterns.'
Using victim data, she created a criminal profile of the potential perpetrator and called police in July 2017.
McArthur (pictured) is a landscaper who was convicted of assaulting a man with a metal pipe in 2003, and has no education beyond high school
Reid says that she spoke to a 'very receptive' detective for about half an hour explaining the database and her profile - which mostly matched McArthur