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By Timothy Appleby

Ripped from the headlines, the terrible and remarkable real tale of the double lifetime of Russell Williams, who used to be right away 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 certain. A adorned air strength colonel, Williams was once, for years, dwelling a double existence as a sado-sexual domestic invader, burglar, pedophile, and, finally, assassin. A version officer and elite pilot, he was once depended 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 existence incorporated breaking into eighty two houses of ladies and ladies; thefts of immense 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 used to be it seems that thoroughly blind to her husband's unconscionable double life--they came upon enormous quantities of pairs of women's lingerie, meticulously geared up and catalogued. during this publication, veteran Globe and Mail crime reporter Tim Appleby chronicles a real tale that can were lifted from the darkest pages of pulp fiction, person who bargains fascinating--and troubling--insights on human psychopathology.

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Other, more personal questions were asked: As a child, had he been molested or beaten? What were his sexual interests? Police also listed for him the charges he would be facing if he was, indeed, the masked intruder. And one particularly loaded line of inquiry remains seared into his memory. ” Three times Jones was asked that question, and three times he refused to answer it because of the way it was framed. Instead, he kept repeating his unequivocal denial. ’ ” Other, peripheral issues surfaced in the interrogation.

And as it did, most of his customers very likely had little idea who the tall, well-dressed man might be as he sat there quietly listening. But Coté knew, because he was one of his regulars; he’d been cutting his hair for several months. He was Colonel Russell Williams, forty-six, wing commander of the sprawling 8 Wing/CFB Trenton air base, a 45-minute drive southwest of Tweed, and for several years a resident of the short, winding road named Cosy Cove Lane. Rich in history and folklore, perched on the edge of Stoco Lake, Tweed feels different from many small Ontario towns, perhaps a bit more sophisticated.

Now, almost overnight, the comforting sense of security had evaporated. No one had the least idea of the identity of the Tweed Creeper, as he became known. But it didn’t look as if he lived very far away. Tweed residents began locking their doors and many started keeping a loaded gun at hand. “My mom didn’t really want me walking anywhere, and when I walked to the bus stop in the morning, it was dark in the morning back then, so I was always looking over my shoulder, and I was really scared at night,” says Ruth, a Tweed teenager who would learn months later, to her great horror, that her home had been broken into and robbed of underwear by the same intruder who had attacked the two women.

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