Think of someone likely to be accused as a sexual predator and killer. Chances are that image bears no relation to Colonel Russel Williams. The commander of Canadian Forces Base Trenton and 8 Wing, the veteran Canadian air force officer has been charged in the sexually-based murders of two women, one Canadian air force Corporal Marie-France Comeau, and the other Jessica Lloyd of Belleville, Ontario. He also faces charges related to home invasion in both cases.

In addition, the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating Colonel Williams as a suspect in other crimes, particularly around Belleville. In fact, in an interview with the Toronto Star, retired FBI profiler Mark Safarik advances the theory that the crimes with which Colonel Williams is charged are the work of a serial killer. States Safarik: "People don’t just wake up one day and say, ‘I’m going to abduct someone and murder them.’ I’m sure there’s a history."

According to the National Post of Canada, Canadian police agencies are indeed reinvestigating cold cases of murdered and missing women near bases where Colonel Williams was stationed over his twenty-three-year military career. The National Post quotes OPP Detective-Inspector Chris Nicholas as saying that police were "tracking the movements of where this man has been over the past several years." That includes a secret Canadian base in the Persian Gulf.

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Comment by Jim Werbaneth on September 30, 2011 at 9:38am

More news about Russel Williams, and how he could take a break from air force duties to rape and kill, or take a break from raping and killing to keep in touch with CFB Trenton.

 

Russel Williams Took a Break From His Crimes to Contact Base

Comment by Jim Werbaneth on February 19, 2011 at 1:20pm

Stephen,

I caught that too, and it seems that Canadian sentences are, in general, shorter than American ones.  Had he operated in the United States, Williams would never take a breath of free air again.

 

The show also largely ignored his history at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, and that he attended under a different name, Russ Sovka.  Likewise, there have been some questions that among his very few friends there, one was an accounting major named Paul Bernardo, later infamous as the Scarborough Rapist and, after his marriage to his  future accomplice Karla Homulka, one of the most notorious serial killers in Canadian history.

Comment by Stephen G on February 19, 2011 at 8:49am
25yrs?...surely life without parole would have been expected. After all didn't Bernie Madoff get 175 yrs?
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on February 19, 2011 at 12:06am

Here it is, a year since I started this thread.  Russell Williams has plead guilty, and is prison for at least twenty-five years.  The Canadian Forces have stripped him of his commission and burned his uniforms and other gear.  His wife is divorcing him.

 

What I find most striking though is that the American media is finally starting to notice.  Tonight, Keith Morrison on NBC did a two-hour Dateline about Williams.  This is the first major coverage that I have seen from an American media outlet.

 

Canadians might be at least a little pleased that their neighbors to the south don't know much about this dishonor to their military, inflicted by one of its own.  Yet I'm troubled that it took this long for the American media to notice.  Doesn't anyone at the networks read Canadian newspapers, or visit the web sites?  Or are they just not that interested in what happens north of the border, unless it has something to do with hockey?

Comment by Jim Werbaneth on October 18, 2010 at 11:09pm
Colonel Williams admitted his guilt, and gave a pretty detailed accounting of his many burglaries.

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/Williams+pleads+guilty+courtroom+s...

WARNING: Not safe for work or the easily shocked.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on October 7, 2010 at 1:40pm
It looks as though Russel Williams is going to plead guilty to everything.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39556963/ns/world_news-americas
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on August 26, 2010 at 2:44pm
Colonel Williams waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and will stand trial for murder and sexual assault.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/852828--ex-commander-to-...
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on April 29, 2010 at 1:59pm
For charges for the creepiest officer in the Canadian Forces:

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/802107--did-colonel-accu...
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on April 10, 2010 at 6:15pm
And here's a National Post article implicating Colonel Williams in some other burglaries, ones in which women's underwear was the target:

http://www.nationalpost.com/most-popular/story.html?id=2785138
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on April 7, 2010 at 10:26pm
Now Colonel Williams is supposedly on a hunger strike:

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2775359

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