Hidden in Plain Sight — David Russell Williams

Liam Hall
5 min readSep 27, 2020
David Russell Williams

People wear masks to hide their true intentions or feelings. We behave differently depending on our situation, such as being at work versus being at home by yourself. Some people you meet will be plain as day, and you will never have to guess at intentions because their mask is really close to their true selves.

And some people are just really good at lying.

David Russell Williams was a “shining star” in the Canadian Military, a model officer with 23 years of service under his belt. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1987, received his flying wings in 1990, and served as an instructor for 2 years. He earned a Master of Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2004. In 2009 David was promoted to colonel. He was described as an elite pilot, He had flown Queen Elizabeth II, the Governor-General of Canada, the Prime Minister of Canada, and many other dignitaries across Canada and overseas in Canadian Forces VIP aircraft.

This guy was the real deal, but the mask he was wearing hid a very dark and sinister secret.

David liked to break into women’s houses, but that proved to be not enough fairly quickly. He progressed from there to rape and eventually murder. David would take pictures of his crimes and kept a hidden stash of them, including pictures of his victims, pictures of David wearing his victim’s underwear, and pictures of David masturbating on his victim’s beds.

If you have ever seen the series Dexter, then this stash will seem familiar. Often serial killer/rapists will keep some kind of way to relive their crimes, almost like something to hold them over till they can strike again.

No one was the wiser either. David’s mask was damn near foolproof.

He had a wife, held down a job, he was even the prefect in his boarding school when he was younger. Sooner or later he had to slip up, and he did slip-up, but unfortunately, a woman had to die before that happened.

Jessica Lloyd, age 26, went missing on January 28, 2010. During the investigation, the police noticed some distinctive tire tracks outside of Jessica’s home. After canvassing the area for motorists, they came across David driving his Nissan Pathfinder and took note of his tires. They were later…

Liam Hall

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