By Timothy Appleby
Ripped from the headlines, the terrible and marvelous actual tale of the double lifetime of Russell Williams, who was once instantaneously 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 certain. A embellished air strength colonel, Williams was once, for years, dwelling a double existence as a sado-sexual domestic invader, burglar, pedophile, and, eventually, assassin. A version officer and elite pilot, he used to be depended on with flying foreign dignitaries together with Queen Elizabeth, in addition to commanding Canada's most vital army airbase. but his darkish and violent mystery lifestyles incorporated breaking into eighty two houses of ladies and girls; thefts of mammoth quantities of underwear (which he dressed in); weird and wonderful sexual attacks that left an uncomprehending Ontario village on a knife's-edge; and finally, rape-murders. whilst police raided Williams's home--a domestic he shared along with his spouse, a revered expert in her personal correct who used to be it seems that thoroughly blind to her husband's unconscionable double life--they stumbled on hundreds of thousands of pairs of women's lingerie, meticulously geared up and catalogued. during this booklet, veteran Globe and Mail crime reporter Tim Appleby chronicles a real tale that may were lifted from the darkest pages of pulp fiction, one who bargains fascinating--and troubling--insights on human psychopathology.
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Jones wonders if Williams could have taken the items with the idea of using them to frame him for a crime, but he concedes he may never know. As for what he went through with the OPP, Jones takes a charitable view. “Half of those guys are friends of ours, we’ve played hockey together—my niece and my nephew are both OPP officers. So all this wasn’t their fault. ” Tweed settled down a bit in the next few weeks, but the tension lingered. Residents pitched in to knit a giant scarf in support of Canada’s athletes at the Vancouver Olympics, as the We Believe campaign sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce took hold.
And if so, then why? What was the trigger? That was what everyone was asking, and none more so than the people who had known him—or had thought they did. And nobody, it seemed, had an answer. 1 A VILLAGE UNDER SIEGE Neatly dressed in casual clothes, the tall, lean man didn’t have a lot to say as he patiently waited his turn in the barber’s chair that Saturday morning. Saturdays are often a busy time for Tweed barber Reg Coté, a fixture on the village main street for thirty years, and in that regard October 3, 2009, was no different.
That changed everything. That changed how the people in Tweed live, and we will never go back to how we were—at least I hope we don’t,” says Albert, an affable schoolteacher-turned-politician who has lived in Tweed for close to forty years and probably knows it as well as anyone. ” Yet even as alarm bells began ringing, a parallel crime wave was under way in Tweed, and this one was largely unseen. Over the previous two years, dozens of peculiar house burglaries had been taking place, almost all in the same Cosy Cove Lane neighborhood where the two women were assaulted.