Camouflaged Killer

Camouflaged Killer

The Shocking Double Life of Canadian Air Force Colonel Russell Williams

Book - 2011
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He was a perfect man living a perfect life...which made him a perfect killer.

Canadian Air Force Colonel Russell Williams commanded the largest Canadian Forces base in the country. He had personally piloted prime ministers, dignitaries, and members of the British royal family, and was one of the most respected and trusted soldiers in the military.

He was also a rapist and a murderer.

This is the disturbing true account of how one of Canada's highest- ranking military officers became one of Canada's most notorious criminals, including his ultimate capture, trial and conviction for a twisted spree of sexual deviancy and two brutal rapes and murders.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, c2011
Edition: Berkley trade pbk ed
ISBN: 9780425244395
0425244393
Characteristics: xii, 370 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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trotter73
Mar 09, 2016

I agree with the other reviews. The crimes are very graphically described. Depending on your tolerance level, you may want to skip those couple of chapters. But the book is well written.
It even appears Williams may have been trying to set up his neighbor as a suspect.

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lisatofts
Apr 27, 2015

David A. Gibb takes a look at the secret life of Colonel Russell Williams. Not only was he a celebrated member of the Canadian military, he was also a sadist and a rapist.

“Although graphic details of Williams’s first sexual assault had been read into evidence by the end of the first day, most of the revelations had been tame compared to the gruesome descriptions that lay right around the corner." This one sentence sums up the entire book. David A. Gibb was wise to save it until the end.

David A. Gibb starts the book off with shocking details of a crime taking place. This sets the tone as the reader is left with chills that only increase throughout the book. The reader expertly presents not only gruesome particulars of the crime but also the personal narratives of the victims. While angry with Williams, the reader is left with empathy for the victim. With the subject so dark and sinister, David A. Gibb writes in an easy to understand and uncomplicated narrative. Even the legal jargon at the latter part of the book is explained in layman’s terms. The photos the author includes in the book are not grisly, but tasteful, and in no way are they demeaning to the victims and their families. Readers who enjoy crime news stories will enjoy this book.

A very fine narrative about an evil individual, this is a necessary story.
-- Tofts Reviews

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amiieey
Jan 28, 2014

The other reviewer commented something about the accounts of a murder published in a book. When reading a book published about crimes like these, often graphic information is included. I am not surprised at all that they included an account like this. If you have ever read the book: lethal marriage, you will find that there are 2 accounts of two girls who were tortured and murdered. These were direct transcripts of the murders. Also, in the book, Buried Dreams by Tim Cahill, there is a part on John Wayne Gacy even acting out a crime he committed. Personally I find them important to books and cases, as it gives the viewer insight. They are not added to local news or newspapers because not everyone wants to read about them. Ifyou want to read more into it, then read books like these. True, it may be disrespectful, but there is definitely consent from families if it was published in a book like this. Just pointing something out.

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smichal
May 26, 2012

I've already read another book on this subject which came out earlier this year. I noticed that Camouflaged Killer covered some things not in the other book, namely, a blow by blow account of what's in the video tapes which recorded him humiliating, torturing and killing the women, and an evaluation by a psychiatrist, who categorizes Col Williams' mental disorders. So it is more complete. Other than that, everything else has been shown on TV and also in newspapers.

I think adding those details about the torture/rape/murder is very disrespectful to the victims' families. If those things could not be metioned in the local news, why were they allowed to be published in a book? What kind of curiosity seekers would want to know those things? I skipped many sections because I felt grossed out.

Also a suggestion - very little has ever been written about Col Williams' wife. How could she not have noticed anything, especially when she shared the same computer where he recorded everything? It was interesting that in Camouflaged Killer, the psychiatrist at the end suggested that she must have shared some of his kinky interests. Also it was interesting that she accused the police of damaging her floors, when they had not. What's the matter with her?

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Apr 27, 2015

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