By Timothy Appleby
Ripped from the headlines, the terrible and striking actual tale of the double lifetime of Russell Williams, who used to be instantaneously 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 could be particular. A embellished air strength colonel, Williams was once, for years, residing a double existence as a sado-sexual domestic invader, burglar, pedophile, and, finally, assassin. A version officer and elite pilot, he was once relied on with flying overseas dignitaries together with Queen Elizabeth, in addition to commanding Canada's most crucial army airbase. but his darkish and violent mystery lifestyles integrated breaking into eighty two houses of women and ladies; thefts of large 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 chanced on thousands of pairs of women's lingerie, meticulously equipped 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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They paid $178,000 for the blue-gray frame bungalow on the edge of Stoco Lake, the longtime residence of an elderly couple who could no longer take care of it. It was a second home for Williams and Harriman, their main residence being a handsome house in the eastern Ottawa suburb of Orleans that they had bought brand new. After Williams was transferred away from 437 Squadron, the cottage on Cosy Cove Lane remained as a weekend getaway spot. Then, with his promotion in July 2009 to full colonel and commander of the 8 Wing base, he was back at work in Trenton and back living in Tweed, an easy 45-minute commute down Highway 37 and then along the busy 401.
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. “When this all came down, it was a real shocker, because we had no idea he lived up on Cosy Cove,” says a longtime employee. “No idea at all. We’d never heard of the guy until this. ” So if Williams was anxious to avoid the people of Tweed, why would he get his hair cut in the relatively exposed environment of Reg Coté’s small barbershop?
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. On the sloping back lawn, facing the lake and the boat dock, was a large ornamental wishing well.