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David Russell Williams: The Kinky Killer Colonel

The Death of a Corporal

On November 17, 2009, Col. David Russell Williams broke into another home near Belleville. He stole dozens of pieces of lingerie, a pornographic video, and a sex toy. He left the resident a taunting message on her own computer: He dared her to call the police and said that the judge would enjoy seeing her dildo. Among the relics that investigators would later find from this attack, was a photo Williams took of that message, and a photo of the woman's cat.

Cpl. Marie-France Comeau
Cpl. Marie-France Comeau

But that was nothing compared to what he would do next.

To keep his flight status as a pilot active, Williams flew at least once a month, usually in an Airbus A-310 that was part of the No. 437 Squadron that he'd once commanded. Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 38, worked as a flight attendant on many of these flights.

Cpl. Comeau came from a military family. Her father was a Canadian Armed Forces medic, and a grandfather had been a Spitfire pilot who'd earned honors in World War II. She followed eagerly and capably in their footsteps, proudly serving on the crew of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's flight to Mumbai in November 2009.

When she missed a shift after returning from India, her boyfriend looked for her at her house on Raglan Street in Brighton. He found her dead.

Masked, Col. Williams had broken in and hidden behind Comeau's furnace, waiting for her to go to bed. But he attacked when she came downstairs to search for her cat. He beat her with a flashlight. Then he tied her to a pole. His artistic ambitions had grown with his criminal ones: He brought in a few lamps to better record himself as he repeatedly raped her.

Cpl. Marie-France Comeau
Cpl. Marie-France Comeau

At one point, Cpl. Comeau asked if he was going to kill her. She begged for her life. He bound her mouth and nose with duct tape, nearly suffocating her. Then he brought her unconscious body upstairs to her bed, and raped her again. When he went outside to make sure they were alone, Comeau came to, and almost got away. He caught her in the bathroom and beat her again with the flashlight.

Williams seems to have calmly killed her, then driven three hours to a meeting. He removed his restraints and tape, but left a shoe print in her blood.

When her boyfriend found Cpl. Comeau's body on November 25, Col. Williams was at a United Way fundraiser. There his colleagues jokingly charged him with "being too young to be a wing commander" and planned to throw him in "jail." Williams gamely posed in handcuffs, but he refused to enter the cell, insisting he was too busy to go through with the entire fundraising skit.

Comeau was buried at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa on December 4, 2009. As her base commander, Williams wrote an official letter of condolence to her father.

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