Williams, the former commander of CFB Trenton, was questioned by police in early February, days after he raped and strangled 27-year-old Jessica Lloyd and dumped her body outside Tweed, Ont...
Williams came to investigators' attention when he was stopped at a roadside checkpoint on Feb. 4, when police were comparing tires on SUVs to treads found outside Lloyd's home. Unbeknownst to Williams, police matched the tires on his Nissan Pathfinder to the tread marks. Three days later he was brought in for questioning, with the entire 10-hour interrogation taped by police...
After expressing concern for his wife, Williams, in a matter-of-fact manner, detailed the gruesome late-January murder of Lloyd, a 27-year-old woman who worked at a bus company in Napanee.
He described breaking into her home and attacking her in her bed.
"I raped her," Williams said in the video.
"A rape can mean a lot of things. What took place?" the investigator countered.
Williams then went on to describe in painstaking detail the various ways he assaulted Lloyd, how he threatened her and placed zip ties around her neck to control her. He also described to police how he made Lloyd model underwear, and photographed her as she did so.
Williams said he then took her to Tweed, where he lived. The day-and-a-half-long nightmare continued with numerous rapes, photo sessions and eventually with Lloyd suffering seizures, begging for her life.
Williams, after telling Lloyd he was taking her to the hospital, finally seemed to tire of the cruel game.
"And as we were walking ... I hit her on the back of the head," he told investigators in the video, in which he often referred to her by her first name as though they were friends.
"I was surprised that her skull gave way. She was immediately unconscious and I strangled her."
After that Williams explained that he hid Lloyd's body in his garage and went to work because he was flying a military plane to California early the next day. He later returned to get rid of her body and clean up the mess.
Cpl. Marie-France Comeau
In the video shown to the courtroom, Williams also described the murder of Comeau, pronouncing her name with the correct French accent.
He admitted breaking into Comeau's home and hiding in her basement, waiting for her to fall asleep, and how she came down to the basement in search of her cat.
"So when she spotted me I had the same flashlight (and) subdued her, brought her upstairs and, uh, strangled her, well more suffocated her with some tape," he said.
Later in the video he admitted raping and photographing Comeau.
Williams explained in the video that he used duct tape to cover Comeau's mouth and nose, until she suffocated.
"I had thought about strangling her earlier...it was a short-lived attempt because she struggled quite a bit. So I decided I had to suffocate her," he said.
The reason he murdered her, he said, was that there was an obvious link to an assault he had committed on a woman who lived near him in Tweed.
Laurie Massicotte says Ontario Provincial Police officers told her they had to leave her in the harness, fashioned by Williams, until an OPP photographer arrived to take pictures of her in the restraint.
“I was left for five hours, still in my harness, still tied up, naked, lying under a comforter,” Massicotte, 47, told the Ottawa
Citizen in a telephone interview Friday.
“Five hours, no medical attention. I was in total shock. I didn’t know what the heck was going on.”
The OPP, she said, treated her like a criminal in the early hours of the investigation. One officer told her neighbour, Massicotte said, that police suspected she was trying to “copycat” what happened to another sexual assault victim in Tweed, Ont., 12 days earlier. “It was really, really, really bad,” she said.
The allegations, which have not been proven in court, will form part of a lawsuit that Massicotte intends to file against Williams, his wife and the OPP.
Massicotte, of Tweed, said she seeks “substantially more” than $2.5 million in damages.
Her lawyer, David Ross, already has given notice of the lawsuit to the Superior Court of Justice. A formal statement of claim will be filed within the next month, he said.
Ross said it appears the OPP initially did not believe her story, even though she was naked and bound. “I think the police theory was that she was looking for some kind of compensation,” he said. The OPP did not respond to a request for comment on Massicotte’s allegations.
According to the notice of claim filed in the case, Massicotte will argue that the OPP also breached its “duty of care” by failing to warn her that a sexual assault had taken place in her neighbourhood less than two weeks before she was attacked. Similarly, she will argue the police failed to inform her of nearby break-and-enters in which items of female clothing were taken. The incidents dated to September 2007.
Massicotte lived alone in a house three doors away from the cottage owned by Williams and his wife on the shores of Stoco Lake, north of Belleville, in eastern Ontario.
Last October, Williams pleaded guilty to break-and-enter, sexual assault and confinement in connection with his attack on Massicotte.
The ordeal lasted 3-1/2 hours. Williams left her in a makeshift straitjacket – her arms were cinched to her sides – but she still managed to dial 911.
The police told her she would have to stay in the restraint until the ident unit arrived. When photos were finally taken five hours later, Massicotte said she was then allowed to put on a bathrobe, and taken outside for three more hours while police combed her house for evidence.
She went through a lengthy interrogation before an OPP officer “finally confessed to me that this similar situation happened 12 days ago and we didn’t warn anybody about it.”
After the incident, Massicotte said she felt violated and terrorized by Williams, and “betrayed” by the police. She said she now suffers from post-traumatic stress and anxiety. A mother of three – her children do not live with her – Massicotte told the Citizen: “I’m on the verge of a nervous breakdown.” She said she has been unable to work. “I’m basically now a prisoner in my own home. I’m afraid to go outside.”