David Russell Williams

Demographic Info

The Tweed Creeper2MaleCaucasianCanadaTerritorialSexual1963/03/07n/a


Camouflaged Killer: The Shocking Double Life of Canadian Air Force Colonel Russell WilliamsDavid A. GibbAmazon, Kindle eBook, Judi Roth Crippen Review
How a Colonel Became a KillerCal Millar and Ian RobertsonAmazon
New Kind of Monster, A: The Secret Life and Shocking True Crimes of an Officer...and a MurdererTimothy ApplebyAmazon, Kindle eBook


48 Hours: Name, Rank and Serial KillerBrian Combs Review

David Russell Williams was born on Match 7, 1963 in Bromsgrove, England. At a young age his family moved to Ontario, Canada. His parents divorced when Williams was 6. His mother remarried and Williams would often be made to move around canada with his mother and step-father.

Williams worked throughout Canada in the Canadian Forces. After graduating from University of Toronto, he received his flying wings and went to the Canadian Forces Flying Training School as an instructor. Prior to his arrest, Williams was the base commander at CFB Trenton.

Before Williams’s murder series he broke into many homes around his own house, often stealing lingerie from strangers homes. Williams would take many pictures and videos of himself posing in the stolen lingerie. It is believed that Williams broke into over 47 homes to steal different objects from homes. Before his murder series he was known to have sexually assaulted 2 women and taken many pictures while they were bound.

Williams’s murder series began in 2009, at the age of 46, and ended in 2010. Both of his victims were females and were raped multiple times before their deaths. The women were beaten and strangled to death throughout many hours of torture. Williams took many pictures and videos of the victims to remember their murders. He confessed that both of the women begged for their lives to be spared throughout the torture. Both of the murders victims were chosen before Williams broke into their homes, showing that he put thought into who he wanted his victims to be. The remains of one victim was discovered at the crime scene, while the other was found after Williams confessed to her murder.

On February 7, 2010 Williams was requested to go into the Ottawa Police Service Headquarters. It was discovered that the tire treads on his truck matched the ones which were discovered at the crime scene. Williams confessed to the murders of the 2 women, sexually assaulting 2 others and 82 breaking and entering charges. On October 21, 2010 Williams was found guilty on all charges and sentenced to 2 life sentences and 120 years for his other crimes. He is currently serving his life sentence in Kingston, Ontario.

Blog Posts

The Making of a Psychopath

on October 24th, 2010 in Psychology by | 1 Comment

In light of the David Russell Williams case in Canada, The Globe and Mail in Toronto is looking at how a psychopath is made. He discussed the work of Dr. Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist at the University of New Mexico. Kiehl is researching the brain scans of convicted criminals, both…

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David Russell Williams Receives Two Life Sentences

on October 22nd, 2010 in Serial Killers by | No Comments

David Russell Williams, the Canadian Forces colonel who pled guilty to multiple murders and rapes, received two concurrent life sentences yesterday from Judge Robert Scott. He will have no possibility of parole for 25 years. Said Williams: I stand before you, your Honour, indescribably ashamed. I know that the crimes…

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Peter Vronsky on Colonel Russell Williams

on October 20th, 2010 in Psychology, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Author Peter Vronsky has published an article on Colonel David Russell Williams in Toronto Star. He explains how Williams fits in the power-assertive, power-reassurance, anger-retaliatory, and anger-excitation typology. Williams appears to be an anger-excitation killer.

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David Russell Williams to Plead Guilty

on October 9th, 2010 in Serial Killers by | No Comments

The lawyer for David Russell Williams, a Colonel in the Canadian Air Command, indicated this week that he plans to plead guilty. Williams was charged in February with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of forcible confinement, and two counts of breaking and entering and sexual assault. Williams was…

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