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A New Kind of Monster: The Secret Life and Chilling Crimes of Colonel Russell Williams [Hardcover]

Timothy Appleby
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April 1 2011
Ripped from the headlines, the horrific and astonishing true story of the double life of Russell Williams, who was at once a respected figure in the Canadian military and a ruthless sado-sexual serial criminal and murderer.

In the annals of psycho-killers, Colonel Russell Williams may well be unique. A decorated air force colonel, Williams was, for years, living a double life as a sado-sexual home invader, burglar, pedophile and, ultimately, murderer. A model officer and elite pilot, he was trusted with flying international dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth, as well as commanding Canada's most important military airbase. Yet his dark and violent secret life included breaking into 82 homes of girls and women; thefts of vast amounts of lingerie (which he dressed in); two bizarre sexual assaults that left an uncomprehending Ontario village on a knife's-edge; and eventually, two rape-murders. When police raided Williams's home - a home he shared with his wife, a respected professional in her own right who was apparently completely unaware of her husband's unconscionable double life - they found hundreds of pairs of women's underwear, meticulously organized and catalogued. In this book, veteran Globe and Mail crime reporter Tim Appleby chronicles a true story that could have been lifted from the darkest pages of pulp fiction, one that offers fascinating - and troubling - insights on human psychopathology.

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“Carefully written with heart and respect.”
The Canadian Journalism Project
“This book is a solid piece of journalism that meticulously records what is known about the murderous life of Russell Williams. . . . Its many insights into this rapist, fetishist and killer are frequently illuminating; and, given the unlikelihood that further information will become available, the book will probably remain the source on this bizarre case. . . . Appleby is an experienced and respected reporter. . . . Appleby provides us with a sound and reliable account of how Williams devastated so many lives.”
— The Globe and Mail
“Appleby marshals a convincing case––and the thesis certainly makes for a compelling book.”
— Christie Blatchford, The Globe and Mail

About the Author

Timothy Appleby is a longtime crime reporter and foreign correspondent for the Globe and Mail.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I would recommend this book only to someone who isn't already familiar with the story. There are absolutely no new facts in this book. The entire story has already been told through the recent 5th Estate program (CBC) and through various news outlets in Ontario (newspapers, daily news). Don't get me wrong the book is very well-written with a most excellent flow and would be a fantastic read for someone who hasn't been hiding under a rock for the last few years.

After reading the book I have serious doubts whether the author, Timothy Appleby has any of his own confidential human sources as all of the information that is said to have been relayed from said sources or leaked has already been available to the general public for quite some time. However, being a resident of Ontario involved with the law enforcement community I found the book to be an engaging quick read and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in true crime.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 2 2011
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Nothing new-that wasnt in the papers as it occurred. No insight into this killers psychological makeup. Disappointing neither informative or salacious. Wouldnt recommmend this purchase.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled by the page count! April 13 2011
A well-written book by an experienced reporter who keeps the story moving very effectively and with some compassion. However, I can only slightly recommend the book for two reasons. First, there was almost nothing that has not long been public and for someone who only occasionally followed the case, there was nothing new. More importantly, and far worse IMO, is that fully ONE-THIRD of the book is just a transcript of the interview where Williams admits his guilt. That is widely available without having coughed up a cent. This section only padded the book and added nothing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Upon reflection and second reading ! July 2 2011
As some one who was reluctantly a part of this story and lives near Tweed! I was originally taken aback by the use of my family name and circumstances being used in this book without my permission or input of any kind. As it turns out there was an attempt to get our input that we had refused due to the freshness and timeline of the book. For that we are now regretful as there was a need for more than one persons reflections from this area of the story!So to be fair I have removed my first review and have re-read with out bias ! To be honest Appelby picked up on some things pertaining to Tweed investigation that were missed in the other williams book completely.

Cove Dweller
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper May 22 2011
Daily I read the events that happened nearby in my local newspaper.

Not only does this book put together all the events that lead up to Colonel Russell Williams downfall, it adds several items not published. It also makes an attempt at explaining how unique this case is and why it happened. This book is a keeper that people will read fifty years from now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift Jan. 7 2013
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I gave this book as a gift. The person likes true crime books and was very excited to recieve this book. I was told it was a good read and was very interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read Nov. 19 2012
By Derrick
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The title of this book says it all. As you enter Russell Williams sick world of perversion, you get a glimpse of the monster.

The detail of the murders and the attacks on the women are chilling.

Well worth the read.
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By Cec
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Gives a clearer picture of just how cunning this mad man was, left a lot of questions un answered. Ie., did he kill in others locations throughout the world .
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
This book gives the in depth details of this murderer who deceived so many ij the military. I found it rather chilling.
Published 11 months ago by Lydia Boyachek
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a "New" Kind of Monster...Probably Just Another Psychopath
The author chronicles the Russell Williams story in first rate journalistic fashion; however, he makes many presumptions and assumptions which suggest a general ignorance of... Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2011 by Bohdan Sirant
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading
Although these were very upsetting crimes for most Canadians, this book is well worth reading. Hard to put down once you start it and you will find your friends lining up to borrow... Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2011 by mfg
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarey person
This is a good book about a person who had it all and did some terrible things that caused him to lose all he had. Read more
Published on June 5 2011 by Joan E. Mattila
1.0 out of 5 stars Dislike books such as these
I can understand that this journalist might have researched this book well, but I do not think profiting from a crime horrificate as these is right! Read more
Published on May 24 2011 by Voice to be heard
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Great subject and very well written. I read the whole thing in one day. I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on May 12 2011 by Kirby Browning
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Kind of Monster: The Secret Life and Chilling Crimes of Colonel...
From beginning to end, I found this true crime account to be thought-provoking, stimulating and an easy-read. Read more
Published on May 5 2011 by Frank L.
5.0 out of 5 stars depths of depravity
Excellent book, well written and riveting - chilling to read but like seeing a car crash, it is difficult to look away. Read more
Published on May 4 2011 by D Barratt
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