By Timothy Appleby
Ripped from the headlines, the terrible and mind-blowing real tale of the double lifetime of Russell Williams, who used to be instantly 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 might be particular. A adorned air strength colonel, Williams was once, for years, dwelling a double lifestyles 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 vital army airbase. but his darkish and violent mystery lifestyles incorporated breaking into eighty two houses of ladies and girls; thefts of huge quantities of undies (which he dressed in); strange 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 appears thoroughly ignorant of her husband's unconscionable double life--they chanced on 1000's of pairs of women's undies, meticulously equipped and catalogued. during this publication, 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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No less than its civilian counterpart, a military barbershop and its relatively informal atmosphere is an excellent place to catch up with news and rumors, and perhaps ask a polite question or two of the customer in the chair, even if he is the base commander. The barbershop on the base has closed its doors since Williams was there, but when it was open there would usually be three or four people getting a haircut at the same time. One of the defining characteristics of Williams’s extremely busy seven-month spell as the leader of 8 Wing was his concerted effort to spend as little of his free time as possible on the base, or in the company of other senior officers.
But if he had been rattled, his caution didn’t last. His next target, on October 24, was a house on Sulphide Road, just down the road from his Cosy Cove Lane cottage, close to the Tim Hortons. That was to be the last break-in in Williams’s immediate neighborhood; two more Tweed homes would be burgled in the first week of November, but both were off his usual beaten path. And there was a second explanation for Williams’s regular visits to Coté’s shop for a quick trim. The obvious alternative to having his hair cut in Tweed would have been to do what other 8 Wing personnel did: stop in at the Trenton air base’s own barbershop, on the south side of the property, a thirty-second walk from Williams’s office at command headquarters.
Deep River has always been called A-Town—A for atomic—and is still joined at the hip to Chalk River, with AECL remaining by far the area’s principal employer. But no longer does the corporation own the big, comfortable houses in which the scientists and their families lived. “They used to own everything. It was a company town. You pretty much had to work at Atomic Energy to keep a house,” says realtor Jim Hickey, who has lived in Deep River since 1945. Hickey and his family spent their first few years in rented accommodation.