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  • Missing from the Village

  • The Story of Serial Killer Bruce McArthur, the Search for Justice, and the System That Failed Toronto's Queer Community
  • Written by: Justin Ling
  • Narrated by: Justin Ling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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Missing from the Village

Written by: Justin Ling
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Publisher's Summary

The tragic and resonant story of the disappearance of eight men—the victims of serial killer Bruce McArthur—from Toronto's queer community.

Shortlisted for the 2021 Toronto Book Awards

In 2013, the Toronto Police Service announced that the disappearances of three men—Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi, and Majeed Kayhan—from Toronto's gay village were, perhaps, linked. When the leads ran dry, the investigation was shut down, on paper classified as "open but suspended." By 2015, investigative journalist Justin Ling had begun to retrace investigators' steps, convinced there was evidence of a serial killer. Meanwhile, more men would go missing, and police would continue to deny that there was a threat to the community. On January 18, 2018, Bruce McArthur, a landscaper, would be arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. In February 2019, he was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of eight men.

This extraordinary book tells the complete story of the McArthur murders. Based on more than five years of in-depth reporting, this is also a story of police failure, of how the queer community responded, and the story of the eight men who went missing and the lives they left behind. In telling that story, Justin Ling uncovers the latent homophobia and racism that kept this case unsolved and unseen. This gripping book reveals how police agencies across the country fail to treat missing persons cases seriously, and how policies and laws, written at every level of government, pushed McArthur's victims out of the light and into the shadows.

©2020 Justin Ling (P)2020 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

Named a Top 100 Best Book by The Globe and Mail

Winner of the Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book (Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence)

Missing from the Village bears respectful witness to this terrible story, from the sights and sounds of the night the first man disappeared to the plaintive and heart-wrenching victim-impact statements following McArthur’s guilty plea in court. Ling provides a worthy record of an unfathomable tragedy.” —Quill & Quire, starred review

“Part detective story, part journalist’s notebook, Missing from the Village is a wildly engaging read, taking us through agonizing missteps and heart-wrenching losses.” —Mathew Hays, Cult MTL 

“Justin Ling’s Missing from the Village is a careful, infuriating book documenting the murder of eight men in Toronto and the police inaction that failed to protect the community.” —Xtra

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History lesson

Deep dive into the issues & history between Toronto’s police & the queer community that lead to a serial killer being able to operate undetected.

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So Much More Than True Crime

Justin Ling does an excellent job as the narrator of his book. Really, no one else could have done it. Ling's research and passion for this book are evident. He forgoes the sensationalism and instead provides a history of the persecution of queer people living in Toronto over the years and how that very persecution allowed a serial killer to prey on his victims. An important and affecting listen.

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Incredible

Sheds light on the many injustices that took place in the disappearance of the men from Toronto’s Gay Village, and points a direct spotlight at areas where our justice system as well as social systems allow for minorities to fall to the way side.

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Captivating

Really enjoyed this! Excellent writing style, captivating. Great narration. I followed this story but didn’t have all the details about the victims, it was good to hear more about the people behind the horrific acts. Also interesting to hear some of the history attached to the community.

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Great listen...sometimes biased

It was a really great telling of events and some of the links that allowed something to happen for some time. My only gripe is that there several occasions where personal opinion are rattled off as a matter of fact which is just simply not accurate or fair to all circumstances. Otherwise a great listen. 4.5/5

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This is a must “read”

Very important book on queer history and hardships endure by those who cannot always defend themselves.

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An excellent account

Very well researched and written. Lots of emphasis on the people who went missing and who they were. Just enough information on the killer to understand him (if that’s possible) without glorifying in any way. These were grizzly murres and the police were negligent in how long it took them to clue in. It’s an account worth listening to.

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Interesting in depth analysis

I found the amount of info provided, especially outside of the murders done by Bruce Mcarthur to be eye opening. Very interesting and well researched.

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Justin should've been a cop, all cold cases would be solved. Didnt he solve this one!?

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  • 2022-05-20

Moving and Eyr-opening

This book was difficult to listen to because of the subject matter but the writing and narration were superb.

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  • Sherri Smith
  • 2021-04-16

Great storytelling!

The author did an incredible job narrating this book. He also did a terrific job of writing it. It’s so sad that this killer didn’t get caught sooner and equally sad that the queer community gets treated with such disdain. There were about 5 skips in the editing (I assume) that some words were lost. I still highly recommend this book.