By Timothy Appleby
Ripped from the headlines, the terrible and brilliant precise tale of the double lifetime of Russell Williams, who used to be immediately 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 may be specific. A embellished air strength colonel, Williams was once, 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 depended 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 existence incorporated breaking into eighty two houses of women and ladies; thefts of huge quantities of undies (which he dressed in); extraordinary sexual attacks that left an uncomprehending Ontario village on a knife's-edge; and at last, rape-murders. whilst police raided Williams's home--a domestic he shared together with his spouse, a revered specialist in her personal correct who was once it seems that thoroughly blind to her husband's unconscionable double life--they stumbled on 1000s of pairs of women's undies, meticulously prepared and catalogued. during this ebook, veteran Globe and Mail crime reporter Tim Appleby chronicles a real tale that may were lifted from the darkest pages of pulp fiction, one who bargains fascinating--and troubling--insights on human psychopathology.
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Extra info for A New Kind of Monster: The Secret Life and Shocking True Crimes of an Officer . . . and a Murderer
After his arrest, when it became clear that his extraordinary cruelty and violence had been directed exclusively at women, observers looked to his roots for possible clues as to what might have fostered his rage, and some were there to be found. Deep River has long been one of the jewels of the upper Ottawa Valley, the lush, green Laurentian Mountains on the northern Quebec shore of the Ottawa River providing a spectacular backdrop. Tucked into the river’s south shoreline, all but invisible from the nearby Trans-Canada Highway that links it to the Chalk River Research Laboratories ten miles down the road, the small town was the first place in Canada that Williams called home.
What did he have to lose? He would never walk the streets again, and he’d already made an imaginative attempt to kill himself while in custody. But he never did step out of line—he always behaved. He resembled a husk of a human being, a forlorn portrait in misery and disgrace, the first colonel in the history of the Canadian Armed Forces—and there have been more than 16,000 of them—to be charged with murder. Many killers have dead, lizard-like eyes, indicative of a lifelong indifference to the suffering they have wrought.
Massicotte’s distress that day did not end when the police showed up at her door. Her teenage twin daughters were not living with her, and even as she was being questioned by detectives, they were learning of their mother’s ordeal via a string of lightning-fast text messages being relayed around their Belleville high school, messages that depicted the assault as being even worse than it was. “My daughters found out through texting on the playground, in grade twelve. It trickled down and my daughter is trying to figure out where the heck this all came from.