By Timothy Appleby
Ripped from the headlines, the terrible and remarkable actual tale of the double lifetime of Russell Williams, who was once without delay a revered determine within the Canadian army and a ruthless sado-sexual serial legal and murderer.
In the annals of psycho-killers, Colonel Russell Williams may 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 was once relied 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 integrated breaking into eighty two houses of ladies and ladies; thefts of giant quantities of underwear (which he dressed in); extraordinary 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 was once it appears thoroughly ignorant of her husband's unconscionable double life--they discovered hundreds of thousands of pairs of women's undies, meticulously equipped 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, person who bargains fascinating--and troubling--insights on human psychopathology.
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Why did they wait for the guy to strike again? It was an issue that would become a sore point in Tweed, although there was a certain logic to the information gaps. Police investigating serious crimes routinely withhold details that can only be known by the perpetrator, such as the caliber of a gun or the quantity of cash stolen in a robbery. In this instance, moreover, investigators were navigating a fine line between warning the public and trying not to trigger panic—and an instant media blizzard—which is what might well have happened if all the bizarre details had become known.
He resembled a husk of a human being, a forlorn portrait in misery and disgrace, the first colonel in the history of the Canadian Armed Forces—and there have been more than 16,000 of them—to be charged with murder. Many killers have dead, lizard-like eyes, indicative of a lifelong indifference to the suffering they have wrought. But Williams’s eyes were alive, bright with torment. A couple of times during the proceedings he wept, and from three yards away his grief seemed genuine, though he was surely sniffling as much for himself as for anyone else.
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. How was that even conceivable? In thirty years of writing about crime in Canada and conflict abroad, I thought I’d seen every kind of killer. But Russell Williams did not resemble any of them, and in one way he seemed the scariest of all, because so many different people who’d dealt with him had respected him and liked him so much.
A New Kind of Monster: The Secret Life and Shocking True Crimes of an Officer . . . and a Murderer by Timothy Appleby