By Timothy Appleby
Ripped from the headlines, the awful and wonderful actual tale of the double lifetime of Russell Williams, who used to be immediately 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 might be designated. A adorned air strength colonel, Williams was once, 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 depended on with flying overseas 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 immense quantities of undies (which he dressed in); extraordinary 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 together with his spouse, a revered specialist in her personal correct who used to be it appears thoroughly blind to her husband's unconscionable double life--they stumbled on countless numbers of pairs of women's undies, meticulously geared up and catalogued. during this booklet, veteran Globe and Mail crime reporter Tim Appleby chronicles a real tale which can were lifted from the darkest pages of pulp fiction, one who bargains fascinating--and troubling--insights on human psychopathology.
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The ritual got started in 2008, the year before Williams assumed command of 8 Wing. Students from St. Carthagh Catholic School gathered to salute the soldiers at Timmy’s, where each was handed a gift card. H. Connor and Tweed-Hungerford senior schools. Given the role the coffee shop played in the community and its links with the military, it might have been expected that the 8 Wing base commander living just up the road would be a regular visitor. But as far as is known, he never stopped by there.
A glimpse inside after it had been searched and ripped apart by police following Williams’s arrest showed thin gray paneling on the walls, cheap ceiling tiles and Formica countertops. Furnishings included a battered beige carpet, an ancient wooden crate-turned-table that had once contained dummy bombs, a green-and-white striped couch, an old piano, a heavy ceiling fan and various floor lamps. Down below was an unfinished basement, and in the adjoining garage was the man of the house’s favorite recreational toy: a sixteen-foot Lowe bow rider with a big Evinrude outboard to power it on his many fishing trips.
The commander had laid on a big party on his back lawn. Tables were set up, the grass was newly mowed, a portable toilet was rented. “I thought he was expecting a hundred people from the way it was all set up,” Jones says. But none of the neighbors on Cosy Cove Lane were invited, and not many others showed up either—perhaps fifteen in all. Given the absence of cordiality, Jones was a little surprised by a conversation he had with Williams in September 2009, the same month the two women were attacked in their homes.
A New Kind of Monster: The Secret Life and Shocking True Crimes of an Officer . . . and a Murderer by Timothy Appleby