Criminal defence lawyers Michael Edelson and his partner Vince Clifford took extraordinary precautions in the handling of the sensational sex-murder case of Russell Williams. I had a chance to interview the veteran Ottawa lawyers who defended Williams, the former airbase commander who pleaded guilty to raping and murdering two women. The revelations from the lawyers form the core of a feature story that I wrote for Canadian Lawyer magazine.
There are as many reasons for fellow convicts at Kingston Penitentiary to want to befriend sex slayer Russell Williams as there are to kill him. While that sounds remarkably contradictory, you have to consider that his world is now ruled by the bizarre, nearly incomprehensible culture of a maximum-security penitentiary teeming with miscreants, misfits, and mentally deranged predators. Williams is a predator – now infused with the bright glow of infamy – and if he wants to stay alive in prison, he has plenty of skills that might even endear him to some fellow cons.
Serial sex killer Russell Williams was moved Thursday into a segregation cell equipped with a closed-circuit camera in an isolation unit inside maximum-security Kingston Penitentiary in Kingston, Ontario, Cancrime learned. The former Trenton airbase commander convicted of two murders was placed in a cell in what is known as the prison’s dissociation unit, a segregation facility usually reserved for convicts who are being punished or who have been involved in prison violence. Williams was whisked directly to Kingston Pen from a courthouse in Belleville, after his nearly week-long sentencing hearing was completed. The direct transfer is unusual.
The Canadian military, no doubt feeling the heat as the lurid details of Russell Williams’ murders continue to ooze from a courtroom in Belleville, Ontario, reiterated that it’s powerless to strip Williams of his rich military pension and it cannot also prosecute him under military law. National Defence says (full statement after jump) it’s moving as quickly as possible to recover salary he’s been paid since his arrest and, cryptically, DND says, it will take “other measures to be determined.”
Russell Williams, the murderous former airforce commander who killed two women and who sexually assaulted two others will soon be subject to the sometimes incomprehensible rules that govern federal prisons and parole in Canada. In a courtroom in Belleville today he pleaded guilty to 86 crimes including the murders of Jessica Lloyd and Cpl. Marie-France Comeau. The lurid details of his deviant spree of fetish break-ins that culminated in torture and murder began to unspool in court, along with the release of bizarre photos taken by Williams himself. He will be automatically sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. His life sentence means exactly that – he’s subject to scrutiny for the rest of his life, even if he is one day freed from prison. But you might not believe just how soon he’s eligible to seek freedom.
Several news organizations are liveblogging the court appearance today of Col. Russell Williams, the former Canadian airbase commander who plans to plead guilty to murdering two women, sexually assaulting two others and committing 82 fetish-related break-ins. Click here for the Globe and Mail’s liveblog and here for CBC’s liveblog. The court proceedings begin at 10...
Fifteen years after notorious sex slayer Paul Bernardo arrived at the country’s oldest federal prison, another infamous killer could be on his way to Kingston Penitentiary. Russell Williams, the former air force colonel who has admitted murdering two women and sexually assaulting two others, will soon be a federal inmate. Corrections Canada will not discuss his case specifically, but 175-year-old Kingston Pen still operates a super secure isolation unit where notorious offenders are segregated from fellow convicts.
Col. Russ Williams, the former Canadian airbase commander charged with murdering two women, sexually assaulting two others, and staging elaborate fetish-based break ins, is pleading guilty to all charges against him, his lawyer announced this morning in a Belleville, Ontario, courtroom.