The news shocked Canada last February. Colonel Russell Williams was the commander of the country’s largest Air Force base, the pilot entrusted to fly Canadian dignitaries around the globe. And he’d just been accused of being a serial murderer, rapist and panty burglar…
He was caught after police identified tire tracks from his truck near a murder scene. But as the story unfolded, Canadians were treated to the unhappy truth that one of their top military men was a Grade A sadist and pervert.
This week, Williams pleaded guilty to strangling two women, raping two others, and breaking into dozens of homes to steal the panties of women and young girls. In the more violent incidents, he was charged with tying up his victims and taking meticulous photos of them in states of naked distress. He also used drop clothes to prevent evidence from being left at the scene.
When he stole panties, he would target the homes of 20-something women and young girls, then return to his home to photograph himself wearing them. In court, investigators showed photos Williams had taken of himself masturbating in the cartoon underwear of little girls. He was so anal about his fetish, he kept the photos filed on hard drives with time stamps. Police also say he videotaped his rapes and murders.
By pleading guilty, Williams will be sentenced to life in prison, but he will be eligible for parole in 25 years. You can see a slideshow of his fetish photos at the Toronto Star. (Special thanks to reader Leah for the tip.)
See our more detailed, original story: Russell Williams, Top Canadian Air Force Commander, Charged With Murdering Two Women, Raping Others.