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By Timothy Appleby

Ripped from the headlines, the terrible and wonderful precise tale of the double lifetime of Russell Williams, who used to be without delay 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 may be particular. A adorned air strength colonel, Williams used to be, for years, residing a double existence as a sado-sexual domestic invader, burglar, pedophile, and, eventually, assassin. A version officer and elite pilot, he used to be 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 women and girls; thefts of substantial 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. while police raided Williams's home--a domestic he shared along with his spouse, a revered specialist in her personal correct who was once it seems that thoroughly ignorant of her husband's unconscionable double life--they discovered countless numbers of pairs of women's undies, meticulously prepared and catalogued. during this booklet, veteran Globe and Mail crime reporter Tim Appleby chronicles a real tale which may were lifted from the darkest pages of pulp fiction, one who deals fascinating--and troubling--insights on human psychopathology.

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Some people in Tweed say unhesitatingly that they don’t much care for Jones. Many years earlier, the police had become involved in some minor domestic trouble at the Jones household, and he was once shot in the hand by an angry neighbor. Ask around Tweed about Jones and you will hear complaints that he has long had a reputation for being overbearing and abrasive. Yet domestic stability is also a hallmark of Jones’s life. A grandfather, and married to the same woman for more than forty years, Jones has had plenty of disagreements with neighbors, but he has never been arrested and his violations of the law, he says, can be summed up by a single speeding ticket.

I was all by myself, except for my very close friends. ” Back home after his long inquisition at the Madoc OPP detachment, Jones now had to deal with the unpleasant reality that the source of his troubles was Massicotte, who, while not a close friend, was someone he’d known for years. Later—after Williams was arrested—she apologized profusely, Jones says. “She says to me, ‘Larry, I’m so sorry. ’ ” So why did Massicotte make that fateful call? She says today it was a combination of confusion and being urged by a friend to pick up the phone and give the police Jones’s name.

A couple who lived next door to Williams and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Harriman, on Cosy Cove Lane, Monique and Ron Murdoch, knew them a little better than most, occasionally socializing with them and playing cards, and at least once Ron Murdoch went out ice fishing on Stoco Lake with Williams. But the Murdochs were very much in the minority. The few people in Tweed who did brush shoulders with Williams encountered a courteous, distant figure, invariably calm and polite. He and Harriman, an executive director of the Ottawa-based Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, had purchased the big cottage at 62 Cosy Cove Lane in August 2004, two months after he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel and took the helm of the Trenton 8 Wing air base’s 437 (“Husky”) Transport Squadron—the same base he would later command in its entirety after reaching full colonel five years later.

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