Written in crocodile tears
Russell Williams wrote a number of letters following his confession – how genuine were his regrets?
Detective Staff Sergeant Jim Smyth had just completed a superb interview with Colonel Russell Williams, resulting in a candid confession. However, although Smyth had followed the rule book to the letter and captured the confession on both audio tape and CCTV, he wasn’t going to take any chances. Cornered criminals will often later claim that they were coerced into confessing, and a wary judge might deem such an outpouring inadmissible at the trial. Smyth therefore suggested that Williams might like to write letters of apology to his victims’ families.
He gave him a pad of paper and a pen, then left the room. When he returned, the pad was empty. Smyth reiterated the need to “get it all out” and left once more. When he returned, eight letters sat on the table. Three were written to Roxanne Lloyd, Jessica’s mother.
Were the letters sincere? Who knows. Williams had an uncanny ability to switch from the quiet colonel to a raging sexual predator in the blink of an eye. Both personas were a part of one person, so perhaps there is a glimmer of humanity in there somewhere.