The colonel’s confession
Detective Jim Smyth used the reid technique over several hours, leaving Williams nowhere to hide
Smyth sets a relaxed mood, lulling Williams into a false
sense of security. JS: I appreciate you coming for an interview like this. I don’t know if you’re a coffee guy?
He then sets the parameters for the conversation. JS: I have a simple rule when I talk to people: I treat everybody with respect and I ask that they do the same for me.
Williams is given plenty of opportunities to admit that he has been lying to Smyth. Throughout the interview he asks Williams to make sure that he
has been accurate in his answers. JS: Do you have any recollection of being off that road?
RW: I was not off that road.
JS: OK, alright.
Gradually Smyth leads Williams in. JS: I told you when I came in here that I would treat you with respect and that you’d do the same for me. We talked about the whole idea how we’ve approached you here, trying to be as discrete as possible, OK? But the problem is, every time I walk out of this room there’s another issue that comes up, OK? And it’s not issues that point away from you, it’s issues that point towards you. Smyth poleaxes Williams by producing irrefutable proof of his presence at
the scenes of crime. He shows him the footwear impression found under Jessica Lloyd’s bedroom window and compares it to
Williams’s own imprint. JS: These are identical.
JS: Your vehicle drove up the side of Jessica Lloyd’s house. Your boots walked to the back of Jessica Lloyd’s house. At this point reality hits home and Williams realises that the game is up. He had been made to feel secure and the sudden exposure caused him to break. Smyth squeezes out the location of the tapes and photos by
playing on the love Williams has for his wife. JS: Russ, is there anything you want from me? Is there anything you want me to explain? Russ, what are you lookin’ for?
RW: I’m concerned they’re tearing apart my wife’s brand new house.
JS: So am I, but if nobody tells them what’s there and what’s not there they don’t have a choice. Williams then explains where all his photographs and
tapes can be located.