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