CANADIAN COLONEL CHARGED WITH MURDER
AIR FORCE OFFICER RUSSELL WILLIAMS ARRESTED
AT HOME IN OTTAWA - ACCUSED OF KILLING TWO
WOMEN, ONE A CORPORAL, SEXUALLY-ASSAULTING
TWO MORE - 46 YEAR-OLD FORMER COMMANDER
OF CANADA'S LARGEST AIR BASE HELD UNDER
HEAVY GUARD - MARRIED PILOT ONCE FLEW HIGH
OFFICIALS, INCLUDING PRIME MINISTER
He had everything going for him. Handsome and popular, the 46 year-old colonel was "destined for stars." The super-achiever's next promotion would be to brigadier general.
The top-rated pilot, with degrees in economics and political science from the University of Toronto, was the "golden boy" of the Canadian Air Force. All that is gone now. Russell Williams stands accused of murdering two women and sexually-assaulting two more.
The stunning fall from grace has shaken Canada from coast-to-coast. How could this have happened? We may have a wait to find out. A judge has ordered a "public ban" on release of details in the case. The incarcerated officer is slated to appear in court Feb. 18.
A highly-visible presence in the Canadian military, the dashing Williams was trusted with flying dignitaries around the country and running the nation's key air base at Trenton, Ontario. From there, Williams oversaw operations for Afghanistan, Haiti relief flights, and preparations for the winter olympics in Vancouver.
"It's almost like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde situation," one Canadian source told a MilitaryCorruption.com reporter in Ottawa. "The colonel was very well thought of in the highest circles."
Williams, who is married, was taken into custody at his home in the nation's capitol. He offered no resistance.
The officer is charged in the murders of Jessica Lloyd, 27, of Belleville, Ont. and 38 year-old Air force Corporal Marie Comeau, whose dead body was discovered in her Brighton, Ont. home.
In addition to capital murder charges, Williams stands accused of two "home invasions' in which two other females were sexually-assaulted. Police said these attacks took place in September 2009.
Col. Williams was commander of a secret base, Camp Mirage, in the Middle East between December 2005 and June of the following year.