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By Timothy Appleby

Ripped from the headlines, the awful and marvelous actual tale of the double lifetime of Russell Williams, who was once right away a revered determine within the Canadian army and a ruthless sado-sexual serial felony and murderer.

In the annals of psycho-killers, Colonel Russell Williams could be designated. A adorned air strength colonel, Williams used to be, for years, residing a double existence as a sado-sexual domestic invader, burglar, pedophile, and, eventually, assassin. A version officer and elite pilot, he used to be relied on with flying foreign dignitaries together with Queen Elizabeth, in addition to commanding Canada's most crucial army airbase. but his darkish and violent mystery existence integrated breaking into eighty two houses of ladies and ladies; thefts of big quantities of underwear (which he dressed in); weird and wonderful sexual attacks that left an uncomprehending Ontario village on a knife's-edge; and at last, rape-murders. while police raided Williams's home--a domestic he shared together with his spouse, a revered specialist in her personal correct who used to be it seems that thoroughly ignorant of her husband's unconscionable double life--they stumbled on hundreds of thousands of pairs of women's lingerie, meticulously equipped and catalogued. during this ebook, veteran Globe and Mail crime reporter Tim Appleby chronicles a real tale which can were lifted from the darkest pages of pulp fiction, person who deals fascinating--and troubling--insights on human psychopathology.

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Let’s put it this way: he’s certainly a person of interest,” was Alexander’s response, she says. Police also remained suspicious of Jones’s son, Greg, and asked him to take a polygraph, which on the advice of his father he declined to do. But the damage had already been done. No crime, murder included, engenders the fear and social disgust that instantly attaches to a person suspected of a sex crime, wrongly or not. Some defense lawyers will tell you they would rather have a client convicted of bank robbery or drug dealing than acquitted of a sex offense, because of the lasting opprobrium.

Reporters began lining up at five in the morning for a spot in the 153-seat courtroom, and an overflow room with a videolink one floor down held many more spectators. Curiosity in Belleville and the environs was intense as the last scenes in this horrifying saga of murder and sexual obsession were played out. But there was nobody there in court for Williams as the curtain came down: no family, no members of the military, not a single ally save his well-paid Ottawa lawyers. Russ Williams had become a toxic commodity because he had betrayed everything and everyone: his country, the armed forces, his wife, his parents, his few friends, the many people who had admired him and loyally worked under him during his sterling 23-year career.

Other serial killers have kept diaries too, and it was plain that for practical purposes he was a serial killer. The strict definition of the term as used by the FBI and the RCMP is that he or she has claimed at least three lives, and Williams killed two people. Yet there is no doubt whatever among justice officials close to the investigation that he would have murdered again had he not been caught, and would have continued to kill. And he all but said so himself. As well, it was evident that he had long been a sexual deviant, and now here he was: a stalker and cunning sex killer who had been commanding 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, Canada’s most important air base, the air force’s operational hub.

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