Round up: Investigating Col. Russ Williams

Tire tracks led police to Williams; investigators look into unsolved crimes

The Globe and Mail has uncovered the detail that led police to Williams in the first place: tire tracks in the snow at the scene of Jessica Lloyd’s disappearance. Last Thursday, police set up the equivalent of a RIDE-program spot check, hoping to match the distinctive tire tracks to a vehicle. Col. Williams was pulled over, and his tires matched with the sample from the crime scene. The discovery prompted police to obtain search warrants to investigate Col. Williams’ two homes in Ottawa and Tweed.

The Toronto Star spoke with FBI serial-killer hunter Mark Safarik, from the famed Behavioral Analysis Unit, who suggests Williams may have a longer history. “Usually there’s a progression,” Safarik says. “First, prowling, peeping, non-violent paraphilic (sexually deviant) stuff, voyeuristic activities. At some point, offenders decide that’s not enough. They’ll cross that line into fantasy fulfillment. He may have acted out with willing partners initially, prostitutes or others. And then that isn’t enough of a thrill, and he crosses over into non-compliant victims.” Police are now investigating the possibility of serial killings, and are looking into unsolved crimes in the various locations Williams has been stationed during his 23-year military career.

The former commander of CFB Trenton is facing first-degree murder charges in the deaths of two Eastern Ontario women, Jessica Lloyd and Corporal Marie-France Comeau. Williams is also charged with the alleged sexual assault and forcible confinement of two other women living in the same area.

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