Colonel David Russell Williams was regarded, throughout his 23-year military career, as a model officer and a “shining bright star” of the Canadian military. A year after graduating university in 1986, Williams joined the Canadian Forces in the hopes of being a pilot.
Three years later, he gets his wings. By 1991, he’s promoted to captain. Williams rockets up the ranks, personally flying high-ranking government officials and foreign dignitaries such as the Prime Minister of Canada and Queen Elizabeth II.
When seeing Williams in his leadership position, it’s no question as to how he got there. He earned it.
Meanwhile, south of Ottawa, in the towns of Tweed and Belleville, a man known as “The Tweed Creeper” has been breaking into homes and raiding women’s lingerie. Just under 100 reports are made of panties being stolen from households.
The break-ins in Tweed escalate when one woman, who fell asleep on her couch, awoke to being punched repeatedly in the face by a masked man. After a struggle, the woman is bound and forced to pose for sexual photographs.
Police have no suspects.
On July 15, 2009, Williams, now a Colonel, was sworn in as Wing Commander of CFB Trenton, Canada’s busiest air force base, located within the city of Quinte West, Ontario. The promotion is a cementation of Williams’ reputation within the Canadian Air Force.
Williams is the guy.
On November 25, 2009, the body of Corporal Marie-France Comeau is found in her home in Brighton after having just returned from a flight with the Prime Minister. She suffocated to death and had been raped repeatedly. Blood stains and signs of struggle are found throughout the house.
Her family receives a condolence letter from her commanding officer, Col. Williams.
Williams has cemented his reputation as a man of the community. He appears and gets involved in a variety of charity events, even posing for an arrest to help benefit local law enforcement.
On January 28th, 2010, Jessica Lloyd is last heard from texting a friend. At her apartment, very little evidence is recovered. There are no signs of foul play. A massive search commences, but no body is found.
On February 7, 2010, Williams is brought in for an interview by Detective Staff Sergeant Jim Smyth. After almost four hours, and a positive match of his boots and the bootprints found at Jessica Lloyd’s house, Williams begins to confess.After noticing Jessica on her treadmill during his ride home to Ottawa from the base the day earlier, Williams decided to break into her house where he woke her up, struck her, then tied her up and covered her eyes with duct tape.
Williams took photos of Jessica bound and made a video of himself raping her. He told her to cooperate, which she did in the hopes that she’d be let go. Williams then drove her to his vacation home in Tweed where he continued to rape her until he finally strangled her to death. He hung her body in his garage while he drove to the base the following morning.
He dumped her body the next day.
Williams continued his confession with the murder of Corporal Comeau. He had previously broken into her house while she was away on a trip where he rummaged through her underwear drawer, taking photos whilst wearing them.
Later he decided to break in while she was at home. He entered through her basement, where he was first spotted by her cat, then by Comeau. A struggle ensued, ultimately leaving Comeau bound by Williams. He proceeded to rape her over the course of two hours. She ultimately suffocated to death after Williams duct taped her mouth and nostrils.
Colonel Russell Williams, who was about to lose everything he had built for himself, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, sexual assault, forcible confinement, and breaking and entering.
On October 18, 2010, Williams pled guilty to all charges. During the trial and his guilty plea, it became apparent that Williams, between September 2007 and November 2009, had made 82 fetish-related home invasions and attempted break-ins. Williams committed a series of sexual assaults on people in Ottawa, Tweed, and Belleville, including striking a new mother and stealing underwear from girls as young as 9 years old.
Williams was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years. The Canadian Forces stripped Williams of his rank and his medals and dismissed him from service. His suit was burned and his medals cut into pieces.
Williams is currently at a maximum-security facility in Port-Cartier, Quebec.