Writ­ten in croc­o­dile tears

Russell Wil­liams wrote a num­ber of let­ters fol­low­ing his con­fes­sion – how gen­uine were his re­grets?

Real Crime - - Russell Williams -

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.

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