By Timothy Appleby
Ripped from the headlines, the terrible and brilliant precise tale of the double lifetime of Russell Williams, who was once right now 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 distinctive. A adorned air strength colonel, Williams used to be, for years, dwelling a double lifestyles as a sado-sexual domestic invader, burglar, pedophile, and, eventually, assassin. A version officer and elite pilot, he was once 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 ladies and girls; thefts of large quantities of underwear (which he dressed in); strange sexual attacks that left an uncomprehending Ontario village on a knife's-edge; and finally, rape-murders. whilst police raided Williams's home—a domestic he shared along with his spouse, a revered expert in her personal correct who used to be it appears thoroughly ignorant of her husband's unconscionable double life—they discovered hundreds and hundreds of pairs of women's lingerie, meticulously equipped 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 bargains fascinating—and troubling—insights on human psychopathology.
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