Base Commander may be a serial killer.

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  1. Vic777

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  2. Scared_of_zombies

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    [​IMG] A decorated colonel, Russell Williams, shown last July at CFB Trenton, appeared in court shackled on Feb. 8, 2010.
    BILL TREMBLAY/THE INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO

    Jennifer Yang
    Carola Vyhnak
    Jesse McLean Staff Reporters


    He was the model military man, rising quickly through the ranks and enjoying a 23-year career in which he brushed shoulders with top-level government and commanded one of Canada's most important military bases.
    But on Monday, Col. Russell Williams' career took an unexpected turn when he appeared in a Belleville courtroom, shackled at the ankles and charged with the first-degree murders of two women.
    Williams' arrest was the stunning culmination of a 10-day search for Jessica Lloyd, a 27-year-old woman from the Belleville area who vanished in late January. The 46-year-old colonel also has been charged in the death of Marie-France Comeau, a 37-year-old corporal found dead in November, as well as two counts of sexual assault in connection with two home invasions near Tweed, Ont., last September.
    The news sent shock waves across the province, particularly in Trenton – where Williams took over as top commander of 8 Wing/CFB Trenton last July – and in the town of Tweed, where Williams owns a home and Lloyd also resided.
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Armed Forces is scrambling to find an interim replacement for Williams, who has been removed from his position. For top military brass, having criminal charges laid against such a high-ranking officer is uncharted territory.
    "We're speechless, literally. It's just unbelievable," said retired major-general Marc Terreau, who commanded the Air Transport Group at Trenton from 1987 to 1989.
    "We have absolutely no concept of how this could have happened ... In my knowledge of history, and I've been around a long time, this has never happened before, and I hope it never happens again."
    Williams is described as an elite pilot, a "shining bright star" of the military who has flown the prime minister and governor general across Canada and overseas in Canadian Forces Challenger jets.
    He enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1987 and received his wings in 1990. Williams, whose military bio says he is married and is a keen photographer, fisherman, avid golfer and runner, has had postings in Shearwater, N.S., and Ottawa. He has a Master of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College. He spent two years commanding 437 (Transport) Squadron in Trenton, including six months in 2005-2006 as commanding officer of the military's secretive Camp Mirage in the Arabian Gulf.
    In January 2009, he was posted to the Canadian Forces Language School in Gatineau, Que., for six months of French language training, during which he was promoted to his current rank.
    Williams was appointed base commander in Trenton in July 2009 and played a major role in the base's relief efforts for Haiti.
    The 10-day search for Lloyd began on Jan. 29, after she failed to show up for work at the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services in nearby Napanee.
    A massive search ensued, with police conducting ground and helicopter searches, and friends and family members distributing flyers and putting up billboards.
    Days after Lloyd's disappearance, the Belleville police asked the Ontario Provincial Police for assistance, said OPP Sgt. Kristine Rae. It was at this point that police began looking for connections to Comeau's murder in November and the two home invasions in September, Rae said.
    Police have remained tight-lipped on what linked the two deaths and two home invasions, saying only that "geography" was a factor.
    The home invasions left residents uneasy after police reported the victims were tied to chairs and photographed.
    On Feb. 4, police conducted a joint canvass along Highway 37, at which point officers "received information" of a "person of interest," Rae said.
    "That information culminated in the arrest of Williams on Sunday," she said.
    On Monday morning, Lloyd's body was found in the Tweed area.
    Police have not revealed the cause of death for either women, and on Monday, OPP Deputy Commissioner Vince Hawkes said the investigation is still "very much" ongoing. Police say they haven't ruled out the possibility that there may be other cases.
    Belleville Police Chief Cory McMullan also held a news conference Monday, during which he read a statement from Lloyd's mother Roxanne and her brother Andy.
    In the statement, they thanked the community "for their unwavering love and support" and acknowledged the efforts of police.
    They also requested privacy from the media and when reached by phone, Andy Lloyd declined to comment.
    Neighbour Shirley Silliker said Lloyd's mother and aunt had been at her home on Sunday, expressing hope of still finding Lloyd alive. "I just couldn't believe it," she said in learning of Lloyd's death.
    Silliker emphasized that Lloyd had no connection to Williams.
    "She did not know him, no way," Silliker said.
    Williams and his wife acquired their cottage on Cosy Cove Lane, just outside of Tweed, five years ago, according to neighbours. His wife, Mary Elizabeth Harriman, works in Ottawa as the associate executive director of the Heart and Stroke foundation.
    Neighbours say Williams loves animals and likes holding his cat Rose in his arms. While mowing the lawn, he would reportedly examine the lawn for frogs, dragging his feet through the grass so he wouldn't harm them.
    Bill Page, who lives two doors from Williams' cottage, says he never imagined his well-spoken neighbour being involved in any crimes.
    "He was the last person I would have thought of," he said.
    Another neighbour, Larry Jones, said he was actually considered a suspect back in September after the home invasions. He was subjected to hours of interrogation, a polygraph test and DNA sampling, he said.
    "All this time they wasted on me," Jones said. "I know police are trying to do their job, but I kept pointing them in different directions. Maybe it would have saved a life."
    Residents in Brighton, where Comeau lived, were also shocked by the news on Monday. The military flight attendant at CFB Trenton was found dead in her Brighton home on Nov. 25.
    "The whole family feels a sense of relief," said Comeau's aunt, Jacinthe Guitard, in an email to the Star on Monday. "Of course it brings back sad feelings but it's like a ton of bricks (have been taken) off my shoulders."
    Alain Plante, who dated Comeau for four years and remained close friends with her, said he had mixed emotions in light of the news.
    "I was preparing myself in my mind for the worst case – that they would never find who did it," he said.
    Brighton is home to dozens of military personnel, so for residents Williams' arrest has been especially disturbing.
    "The phone hasn't stopped ringing. People from the base calling around," said one resident, who asked not to be named.
    "(Williams) is someone who is very much respected in the military community... it makes it even more personal."
    With files from the Star's Allan Woods, Debra Black and Lesley Ciarula Taylor, The Canadian Press and the Northumberland News
     

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    Dayum! All I gots to to say about that.
     
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    The article's long on speculation and short on details.

    I wouldn't want to form an opinion on someone with that good a record, without proof.
     
  5. HerrGlock

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    I do believe I want to see how the trial plays out before stating he is a killer of any stripe. Serial killer would have at least a few more bodies.

    Scared_of_zombies, thanks for posting the text! :thumbsup:
     
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    there is about 100 of them roaming the country at anytime.
     
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    That Uniform color is totally ghey.............
     
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    I'm a Cereal Killer............ they never will find that box of Corn Flakes from this morning.
     
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    Air Force :wavey:.......need I say more?