Po­lice ser­vices, crime vic­tims’ fam­i­lies in­quire af­ter Tren­ton com­man­der charged

Cape Breton Post - - NATIONAL - BY PAT HE­WITT

Po­lice have told the mother of Kath­leen MacVicar, 19, of Glace Bay, they are re-ex­am­in­ing her case in con­nec­tion with Wil­liams. MacVicar was stay­ing with rel­a­tives at CFB Tren­ton when she was sex­u­ally as­saulted and fa­tally stabbed at the base in 2001.

“I’m pleased that they’re looking at it again, I am,” Colleen MacVicar said with a heavy sigh.

“It would be nice if it was solved, but I’m just wait­ing here. I’m not get­ting my hopes up. We’ve been dis­ap­pointed be­fore.”

In ad­di­tion to be­ing 8 Wing com­man­der at CFB Tren­ton, Wil­liams was posted to Shear­wa­ter, N.S., in 1992, and also worked at 412 Squadron in Ottawa, Camp Mirage in Dubai, and went to the Cana­dian Forces lan­guage school in Gatineau. He grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto be­fore he joined the Cana­dian Forces in 1987.

Rae said she ex­pects the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be a lengthy one.

“It’s a very large in­ves­ti­ga­tion at this point,” she said.

Toronto po­lice haven’t been asked by pro­vin­cial po­lice to re­open spe­cific cases, nor have they been pro­vided with new ev­i­dence or in­for­ma­tion with re­gards to any­thing un­solved at this point re­lated to the Wil­liams’ in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said Const. Wendy Drum­mond.

There are un­solved mur­der cases in­volv­ing sex­ual as­sault in Toronto from the late 1980s, Drum­mond added.

Wil­liams is not named as a sus­pect or per­son of in­ter­est in any un­solved files in Ottawa, said Ottawa po­lice Insp. Al Tario. There are un­solved cases, but to make any link to those is pre­ma­ture, Tario said.

Hal­i­fax po­lice have spo­ken with of­fi­cers in On­tario but “so far those dis­cus­sions haven’t pro­vided any in­for­ma­tion that im­pacts any of our in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” said Const. Brian Pal­me­ter.

There are three un­solved homi­cides in Hal­i­fax dur­ing the pe­riod from 1992 to 1994, when Wil­liams was in the city, but Pal­me­ter said “noth­ing so far has been pro­vided to us to sug­gest any link to those files.”

Fam­ily mem­bers of vic­tims of other crimes have called in looking for in­for­ma­tion and po­lice have asked them to be pa­tient, Rae said.

“ Those in­quiries will be re­viewed and looked at,” she said.

“If it’s an­other po­lice ser­vice, ob­vi­ously there would be some in­for­ma­tion shar­ing there to see if there’s any­thing we can help them with, to see if there’s any­thing out there that’s out­stand­ing.”

Mark Sa­farik, who spent more than 12 years as a se­nior pro­filer in the FBI’s Be­havioural Anal­y­sis Unit, said it’s un­usual to see some­one Wil­liams’ age ar­rested for sen­sa­tional crimes with no prior record.

Po­lice looking at un­solved cases af­ter the charges against Wil­liams will ex­am­ine homi­cides and sex crimes but also pre­cur­sor-type crimes such as bur­glar­ies, said Sa­farik, who is now re­tired.

“ There’s typ­i­cally an es­ca­la­tion of be­hav­iour that has occurred over a long pe­riod of time, and it’s this pre­cur­sor types of crimes that they’ll be looking for,” he said.

Sa­farik said as an in­ves­ti­ga­tor he would fo­cus on bur­glary cases.

“Bur­glary cases at night where noth­ing is taken where vic­tims are say­ing things like, ’I felt like there was some­body in the house but I didn’t find any­thing miss­ing, I heard some­body, I thought I saw some­body at my win­dow, prowl­ing, peep­ing,’ ” he said.

The fact that Wil­liams was posted to mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions dur­ing his ca­reer makes the in­ves­ti­ga­tion more dif­fi­cult, Sa­farik added.

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