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BELLEVILLE, Ontario (CBS/AP) Col. Russell Williams had a stellar reputation. As an elite pilot, he flew Canadian dignitaries all over the country. He became commander of Canada's largest air force base.

But on Monday, he was exposed as a serial killer with a shocking fetish for girls' panties that he documented in a trove of twisted photos of himself.

At a hearing that reduced victims' relatives to tears, the lurid photos were shown one by one in court as Williams, 47, pleaded guilty to murdering two women, sexually assaulting two others and committing dozens of break-ins in which he stole underwear from the bedrooms of girls as young as 11.

He faces an automatic sentence of life in prison with no possibility for parole for at least 25 years.

Among other crimes, Williams pleaded guilty to murdering Jessica Lloyd, 27, whose body was found in February, and Marie Comeau, a 38-year-old corporal under his command who was found dead in her home last November. Both women were asphyxiated.

Williams also pleaded guilty to attacking two other women during separate home invasions in the Tweed, Ontario, area in 2009. One of the women, a 21-year-old single mother, said she was tied up, blindfolded, stripped and held captive for more than two hours while he forced her into sexual acts and photographed her.

Prosecutors said Williams targeted girls and women in their teens and 20s and often photographed himself in their underwear, which he then stole and cataloged at home.

At the sentencing hearing following his guilty plea, prosecutors warned the court they would be presenting evidence that was "extremely disturbing." Prosecutor Lee Burgess said many of the facts would be difficult for his victims to hear, but it was "important to have a full account of the crimes."

Burgess began by presenting photos of Williams wearing a 12-year-old girl's cartoon-decorated underwear.

Many of the pictures showed a serious-looking Williams masturbating in or with the stolen lingerie. In one picture, he appears to be wearing his military uniform with his trousers dropped to expose pink panties.

Authorities said Williams carefully cataloged the photos of himself with time and date stamps on hard drives in his Ottawa home.

Prosecutors also said Williams videotaped the assaults and murders.

Authorities said Williams came to the attention of investigators during a police roadblock a few days after Lloyd was reported missing. Tire tracks from his vehicle matched the ones they were looking for.

"He's just a very twisted individual," retired Lt. Gen. Angus Watt, who once promoted Williams, said earlier this year, "There's no two ways about it."

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Col. Russell Williams, left, former commander of CFB Trenton, Canada's largest military airbase, arrives in court in Belleville, Ont., on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010. (Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Updated: Wed Oct. 20 2010 06:10:15
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An edited version of Col. Russell Williams' sweeping and detailed confession to police will be shown in court today.

The video, recorded just days after Williams murdered Jessica Lloyd, 27, is expected to reveal first-hand details about how and why Williams carried out his crimes.

Over the first two days of his court hearings in Belleville, Ont. the prosecution meticulously went through all of the charges against Williams, reading the agreed statement of facts and showing photos -- some taken by Williams himself and others taken by forensic investigators.

That process wrapped up yesterday, at which point a formal conviction was registered against Williams on first-degree murder, sexual assault and break and enter and theft charges. He has pleaded guilty to all the charges against him.

Now the sentencing portion begins. A two-and-a-half hour confession video, recorded shortly after Williams was arrested, will be played in court. It is an edited version of more than 10 hours of tape, Crown Lee Burgess said Tuesday.

Once that is complete, victim impact statements will be read in court, after which the judge will deliver his sentence.

The hearings are likely to wrap up on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the most emotionally charged day of the hearings so far, court heard in detail how Williams planned and carried out the murders and sexual assaults of Marie-France Comeau and Jessica Lloyd.

Family members of Lloyd broke into sobs as the Crown described how Williams repeatedly raped her first at her home near Belleville, then at his home in Tweed.

Williams continued his assaults even after Lloyd suffered seizures and begged to be taken to hospital or taken home, saying she was going to die if she didn't get help.

"If I die, will you make sure to let my mom know that I love her," Crown prosecutors said Lloyd asked Williams – causing a wave of gasps and sobs among those in the courtroom.

The details of Comeau's death were equally as chilling. Williams told police he had first met Comeau on a flight where she was working as a flight attendant, and he as a pilot. He learned that she lived alone, and later staked out her house last November, planning his attack.

Williams used his position as a superior officer to gain access to information about Comeau's schedule and her address, court heard.

He eventually broke in to her home after Comeau had gone to bed one night, hiding in her basement near the furnace.

But instead of falling asleep, Comeau came downstairs looking for her cat, and instead found Williams. She called him a "bastard" and screamed.

He struck her over the head with his flashlight and tied her up, using a "kit" the Crown said he brought with him for that purpose.

Williams then attacked Comeau for several hours, raping her repeatedly despite her injuries and attempts to escape, and eventually suffocated her.

In both cases, court has heard, Williams planned the attacks in advance, photographed and videotaped his crimes, confined his victims and killed them despite their pleas to live.

He also took extensive steps to cover his tracks in both deaths.

It was a tire track Williams left near Lloyd's house that eventually led to his arrest.

On Monday, Williams pleaded guilty to murdering the two Eastern Ontario women and to sexually assaulting two other women from the same region. Williams also admitted to committing dozens of break-and-enters over the past three years, in which he stole hundreds of undergarments from women who lived in the houses he burglarized.

Now that his conviction has been formally registered he will receive an automatic 25-year sentence with no chance of parole.

A sentence is expected to be issued on Thursday.

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What a sicko!!! Holy Moley!!! I wonder what the black smudge is on his forehead. I bet he is marked as a criminal. I would love to hear from Rainbow on this. Also, I think it will be interesting to compare the Canadian Judicial System w/ours. This man flew Queen Elizabeth. I have now heard it all. And, he had absolutely no conscious at all. I wonder if he is married.Did I miss that?

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He was a square-jawed Canadian Air Force officer with a brilliant future in store who was entrusted with flying the Queen and prime ministers.

But yesterday he was exposed as a serial killer with a shocking fetish for girls' panties that he documented in a trove of twisted photos of himself.

At a hearing that reduced victims' relatives to tears, the lurid photos were shown one by one in court as Col. Russell Williams, 47, pleaded guilty to murdering two women, sexually assaulting two others and committing dozens of break-ins in which he stole underwear from the bedrooms of girls as young as 11.

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Sick: Colonel Russell Williams broke into girls' bedrooms to steal their underwear and then took pictures of himself wearing them

Double life: Williams pleaded guilty to murdering two women, sexually assaulting two others and dozens of break-ins

He faces an automatic sentence of life in prison with no possibility for parole for at least 25 years.

Williams was expressionless and dressed in a somber dark suit.

He kept his head down during the 40 minutes it took to read all the charges.

Until his double life came to light with his arrest earlier this year, Williams was the commander of Canada's largest Air Force base and served as a pilot for some of the country's top leaders and for the Queen during a 2005 visit.

The charges against the elite pilot - a tall, fit figure who did his job with quiet diligence and appeared to be in a stable marriage - shocked the country and its military with the possibility of a serial killer in its officer corps.

'The tragic events surrounding Col. Russell Williams stunned all Canadians and none more so than the members of the Canadian Forces,' said Gen. Walt Natynczyk, chief of the defence staff and a Canadian Forces spokesman.

'Today's guilty plea is the first step in a healing process that will no doubt take many years.'
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Among other things, Williams pleaded guilty to murdering Jessica Lloyd, 27, whose body was found in February, and Marie Comeau, a 38-year-old corporal under his command who was found dead in her home last November. Both women were asphyxiated.

Williams also pleaded guilty to attacking two other women during separate home invasions in the Tweed, Ontario, area in 2009.

One of the women, a 21-year-old single mother, said she was tied up, blindfolded, stripped and held captive for more than two hours while he forced her into sexual acts and photographed her.

Prosecutors said Williams targeted girls and women in their teens and 20s and often photographed himself in their underwear, which he then stole and catalogued at home.
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At the sentencing hearing following his guilty plea, prosecutors warned the court they would be presenting evidence that was 'extremely disturbing'.

Prosecutor Lee Burgess said many of the facts would be difficult for his victims to hear, but it was 'important to have a full account of the crimes'.

Burgess began by presenting photos of Williams wearing a 12-year-old girl's cartoon-decorated underwear.

Many of the pictures showed a serious-looking Williams using the stolen lingerie to satisfy his perverted desires.

Stunned onlookers in the courtroom wept. Jessica Lloyd's mother, Roxanne Lloyd, clutched a framed photo of her daughter and wiped away tears.
Haul: Williams had collected hundreds of pieces of underwear and meticulously catalogued everything he had stolen

Jail: He faces a mandatory life sentence after pleading guilty at Ontario Superior Court yesterday

'It was overwhelming. I thought it was disgusting, especially targeting young girls,' said Jessica's brother Andy Lloyd.

'Just hearing the stuff he did to all those people, makes me angry, just as a Canadian, as a regular human being and they haven't even gotten to my sister yet.'

Authorities said Williams carefully catalogued the photos of himself with time and date stamps on hard drives in his Ottawa home.

Some of the photos were panoramic shots of the victims' bedrooms.

During one break-in, he stole 87 pairs of underwear belonging to an Ottawa high school student.

He kept the underwear in bags and boxes in his home and would sometimes burn them if he ran out of space.

Prosecutors also said Williams videotaped the assaults and murders.


Authorities said Williams came to the attention of investigators during a police roadblock a few days after Lloyd was reported missing.
Victims: Jessica Lloyd, left, and Marie-France Comeau were both killed by Williams

Victims: Jessica Lloyd, left, and Marie-France Comeau were both killed by Williams

Tyre tracks from his vehicle matched the ones they were looking for.

'He's just a very twisted individual. There's no two ways about it,' retired Lt. Gen. Angus Watt, who once promoted Williams, said earlier this year. He was able to lead an elaborate double life and was able to keep it successfully concealed. This was the act of a depraved individual and really has no reflection on the men and women of the Canadian Forces.'

Williams, a 23-year military veteran, has never been in combat but has been stationed across Canada and internationally, including a stint in 2006 as commanding officer of Camp Mirage, the secretive Canadian Forces base widely reported to be near Dubai.

He was photographed in January with Canada's defence chief and its top general during an inspection of a Canadian aircraft on its way to support relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Haiti. Williams killed his second victim just over a week later.

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Post by Guest on Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:41 pm

The secret life of Colonel Russell Williams

If police are correct, he was a cold-blooded planner who in hours could transform from commander to monster
by Martin Patriquin, Anne Kingston, Cathy Gulli, Michael Friscolanti with Kate Lunau, Tom Henheffer, Philippe Gohier, John Geddes, Patricia Treble and Michael Barclay on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:08pm

In the early 1990s, years before Col. Russell Williams was an accused double murderer, he was a young, eager lieutenant stationed at the Canadian Forces flying school in Portage la Prairie, Man. A rookie instructor in the old CT-134 Musketeers, Williams was an obvious standout, quiet but intense. “He was super,” says Greg McQuaid, a retired major who was chief flight instructor at the time. “I wrote the personnel evaluation reports that got him promoted to captain. He was smart, hard-working and skilled. He could be so focused that sometimes it was like he could look right through you.”


Like countless others who crossed paths with Col. Williams, McQuaid is now wondering whether his old friend’s trademark focus was a sign of something much more sinister. But like everyone else, he just can’t reconcile what police now believe: that Russ Williams, the man in charge of CFB Trenton, Canada’s largest and most important air base, was also a serial predator who raped and killed innocent women. “It just doesn’t compute,” McQuaid says. “He fit in well and was well-respected by everybody. I saw nothing that made me think he’d be capable of something like this.”

The truth—if police are correct—is that Williams was a man with two distinct faces, a meticulous, cold-blooded planner who could transform from officer to monster and back again in a matter of hours. Consider the timeline. On Sept. 16, 2009, he returned home from a trip to the remote Canadian Forces base in Alert, Nunavut. The next day, he allegedly broke into a woman’s house near his Tweed, Ont., home, tied her to a chair, sexually assaulted her, and photographed her naked body. Williams spent the rest of that week attending a military parade, playing in a golf tournament, and grinning for a photo op with minor hockey players.


The next sexual assault on his charge sheet—Sept. 30—was much like the first. It, too, occurred in the same neighbourhood where Williams lived. The unnamed victim woke up to find a man in her home, and then cowered in horror as he stripped off her clothes, fastened her wrists to a chair, and pulled out his camera. Back at CFB Trenton two days later, a smiling Williams presented a $700 cheque to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the same charity where his wife, Mary Elizabeth Harriman, is the associate director.

As the crimes piled up, Williams looked anything but guilty. On Nov. 25, the body of Cpl. Marie France Comeau was discovered in her Brighton, Ont., home—a homicide now linked to the colonel. That same day, the 46-year-old was jokingly handcuffed and thrown in “jail” as part of a United Way fundraiser (he was “charged” with “being too young to be a wing commander”). Last month, with television cameras rolling, Williams greeted Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Walter Natynczyk, who were in town to inspect Canada’s outbound contribution to relief efforts in Haiti. Eleven days later, 27-year-old Jessica Lloyd vanished from her home near Belleville, Ont., another murder now pinned on Williams.

Since his arrest on Feb. 7, Williams has made only one brief appearance in court, and has yet to offer any explanation for a turn of events that has not only shocked everyone at the Department of National Defence, but the entire country. How could a man with such an impeccable record—a 23-year officer whose resumé included a stint ferrying the prime minister in Canada’s fleet of Challenger jets—harbour such a heinous secret? Everyone who worked with Williams praised his leadership, loyalty and intelligence. Nobody had any inkling of a double life. “I just can’t believe he did it,” McQuaid says. “I’m hoping he didn’t, to tell you the truth.”

Here’s what we do know. Russell David Williams was born on March 7, 1963, and joined the Canadian Forces in 1987, a year after graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in economics and political science. He earned his wings in 1990, was promoted to captain in 1992, and was later posted to the VIP patrol in Shearwater, N.S. Williams was promoted to major in 1999, and shortly after earning his lieutenant-colonel stripes in 2004, he was named commanding officer at the Forces’ ultra-classified Camp Mirage near Dubai—a posting that required a top-secret security clearance and an exhaustive examination of his family, friends and background. He passed.

Williams, like all air force officers, also underwent an annual performance review. “It looks at your challenges in the year, how you dealt with them, how you are able to lead, how you are able to manage, and your conduct,” says Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Marc Terreau, who met Williams twice over the past year. “In other words, your values, your ability to manage, and your ability to lead.” Again, Williams passed with flying colours, and in July 2009 he was rewarded with a coveted posting: the top man at CFB Trenton.

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This recent case has rocked Canadians, as we learned that one of our top military commanders has been leading a double life. The brutality & cruelty of his crimes (videotaping his victims while murdering them) has been unbelievable! I'm personally glad to see he will be going away for a long time!! huge waste


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Post by Guest on Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:49 pm

Williams booted from military, stripped of rank Module body By The Canadian Press


OTTAWA - Convicted sex killer Russell Williams has been stripped of his rank as colonel and booted from the military.

Defence sources say Gov. Gen. David Johnston agreed to a request from the chief of the defence staff today to revoke Williams' commission and release him immediately from the Canadian Forces.

Williams was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no parole for 25 years after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

He was also convicted of dozens of other charges, including sexual assault


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Glad to hear of this!!


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Post by Guest on Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:09 am

Wrapitup wrote:What a sicko!!! Holy Moley!!! I wonder what the black smudge is on his forehead. I bet he is marked as a criminal. I would love to hear from Rainbow on this. Also, I think it will be interesting to compare the Canadian Judicial System w/ours. This man flew Queen Elizabeth. I have now heard it all. And, he had absolutely no conscious at all. I wonder if he is married.Did I miss that?

Wrap, thanks for posting this... and I agree! (Sorry it took me so long to find this thread - I've had a busy week!!)
This guy is majorly twisted!! What a disgrace to Canada... not to mention his poor wife (yes, he was married & his wife apparently had a fairly prominent position as well)! Of course, the worst of it is the horrific deaths of these two women - so sick!! I can't believe that he held such an important position in our military for so long. I think most Canadians (including me) are in shock right now!! :jaw dropping:

P.S. I think that black "smudge" is his hair - not sure why he didn't shave it off? And that picture of him in the lingerie is unbelievable & disgusting! Eeewww


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Video: Russell Williams confession, Pt. 1
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Thanks for posting these videos, BJ & for merging my thread with Wrap's thread (don't know how I missed seeing it!).

Wow - I've never seen such a calm & quiet interrogation before... lots of "dead air"! You can almost hear him thinking, "How do I tell him that I like to wear girl's panties?" I have to say that I do have some appreciation (can't really use the word "respect") for his honesty & that he didn't try to deny the charges.

I just can't imagine how he could have gone from being a highly respected military pilot/commander to being a perverted murderer!! I am sure that he will become an interesting "case study" for future Criminology students. I am reminded of the old "proverb" my parents used to say, "Be sure your sin will find you out." I wonder if he is remembering that too now? :no:

BJ, do you happen to have the video of him confessing to the crimes?


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I didn't see a video like that.

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I saw it on the news here in Canada, but maybe they haven't released it to the public yet. He described in such a calm manner what he did to these poor women - very chilling!


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Williams could have faced tougher parole terms

Sat Oct 23, 5:10 AM

PRINCE.EDWARD.ISLAND (CBC) - Double murderer Russell Williams could have faced life in jail with no chance of parole for 50 years under a bill that died last year when the Conservative government prorogued Parliament.

Williams, the former commander at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, was sentenced Thursday to two life terms with no eligibility to apply for parole for 25 years for the murders of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau and Jessica Lloyd.

Under the current law, the sentences will be served concurrently, along with the 10 years he received for each of his two charges of sexual assault and two charges of forcible confinement. The periods of ineligibility for parole also run concurrently.

In October 2009, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson introduced Bill C-54, which would have allowed judges to set consecutive parole ineligibility periods for people convicted of one or more first- or second-degree murders.

However, the bill never made it past first reading and died on the order paper when the government prorogued Parliament in December.

Had it passed, the judge in the Williams case could have made the 25-year parole ineligibility periods consecutive, meaning he would have had to spend 50 years behind bars before he could apply to the parole board.

The government introduced a new version of the legislation, Bill C-48, on Oct. 5 with Nicholson reiterating his party's tough-on-crime message.

"The proposed legislation would acknowledge the value of every life taken by this most serious crime," Nicholson said at the time. "It would ensure the criminals responsible serve a sentence that more adequately reflects the gravity of their crimes and it would better protect Canadians by keeping these criminals in jail where they belong."

Bill C-48 must now make its way through the legislative process and its provisions would not apply retroactively to cases already dealt with by the courts.

Liberal justice critic Marlene Jennings said if the government had wanted C-54 passed in 2009 in could have made it a priority in Parliament, but it chose not to.

"Their interest in it is not based on the actual safety of our community and Canadians," Jennings said. "Their interest in it is to use it as a political tool to garner votes."

The Conservatives are not the first to bring the issue before Parliament.

In 1996, a Liberal MP introduced a similar bill under a Liberal government. It also failed to become law.

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I admit to not fully understanding all of this, but I am sure that the victims' families will be upset about it!! Compared to the U.S. criminal justice system, Canada's "justice" system is a bad joke. Too bad he hadn't committed these crimes in the U.S.!! Electric Chair


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In a cold and nearly emotionless videotaped confession played Wednesday in an Ontario courtroom, disgraced Col. Russell Williams described in vivid detail how he repeatedly sexually assaulted and then killed two young women at the end of a nearly three-year crime spree.

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.

A judge is expected to deliver his sentence on Thursday, after which Canadian Forces officials will make a brief statement. It's expected they will act quickly to strip Williams of his rank.

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.

At first, Williams appears relaxed and polite, dressed in a golf shirt and jeans, chewing gum and smiling at the camera.

But his interrogator eventually tells Williams of the evidence collected that points to him as Lloyd's killer and also connects him to the November 2009 death of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, a flight attendant who once worked on a flight Williams piloted.

When Williams is informed that his Ottawa house and Tweed cottage are being searched, he realizes he's been caught.

Williams folds his arms, falls silent and thinks for several moments before answering the rest of Det.-Sgt. Jim Smyth's many questions.

Williams finally says his main concern is the effect the search and resulting revelations would have on his wife and the Canadian Forces.

"I'm struggling with how upset my wife is right now," Williams said. "I'm concerned that they are tearing apart my wife's brand new house."

"I want to, um, minimize the impact on my wife," Williams said.

"So do I," replied Smyth.

"So how do we do that?" Williams asked.

"Well, you start by telling the truth," Smyth said.

"Okay," Williams replied before asking for a map to point out where outside Tweed he had dumped Lloyd's body.

Williams also points investigators to computer files in the basement and in his office in his Ottawa home in order to spare his wife an intrusive search. The files contained thousands of images of Williams in women's and girls' lingerie, which he stole during dozens of break-and-enters in Eastern Ontario that began in 2007.

On Monday, Williams pleaded guilty to more than 80 charges related to the break-ins, as well as two counts of sexual assault and two counts of first-degree murder.

When he is later asked why he thinks "these things happened," Williams replies: "I don't know. I don't know the answers and I'm pretty sure the answers don't matter."

Jessica Lloyd

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.

When asked by investigators whether he would have continued to commit murders and sexual assaults if he hadn't been caught, Williams was ambiguous.

"I was hoping not. I can't answer that question," he said.

Williams apologizes

Also presented to court Wednesday were letters Williams wrote shortly after his confession to one of his sexual-assault victims, and to members of his victims' families.

In one letter, Williams told Lloyd's mother that her daughter loved her very much because she "told me so again and again."

Williams also apologized for "having taken your daughter from you.

"Jessica was a beautiful, gentle young woman as you know. I know she loved you very much -- she told me so again and again."

Williams said Lloyd had no idea he was going to kill her because "she believed she was going home."

In another letter, Williams told his wife he was "so very sorry for having hurt you like this," and asked her to take care of their cat, Rosie. He signed off the letter with, "I love you, Russ."

On Tuesday, Williams was formally convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of Lloyd and Comeau, the sexual assault of two other victims, and the 82 fetish break-ins.

On Wednesday afternoon, friends and family members of the victims, as well as women who had personal items stolen during the break-ins, spoke in court about how they have been hurt by Williams's crimes.

Justice Robert Scott, who is presiding over the proceedings, instructed the media to only use the first names of those giving victim-impact statements.

A friend named Lisa said Lloyd had looked forward to being a wife and mother, and said her friend's death "completely diminished" her faith in God.

"How could he create such a monster? The very person whose job it was to protect my country was terrorizing my community," Lisa said while holding a photograph of Lloyd.

The confession video and victim-impact statements followed nearly two days of court proceedings, during which the prosecution meticulously went through all of the charges against Williams, reading the agreed statement of facts and showing photos -- some taken by Williams himself and others taken by forensic investigators.

The prosecution showed dozens of the thousands of images stored on Williams's computer, many of which showed Williams masturbating while wearing lingerie, some of which belonged to girls as young as 11.

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Thanks for posting his confession, BJ, although it is difficult to read! He "sounds" so cold & twisted. To read about how Jessica Lloyd pleaded for him to let her mother know that she loved her, is just heartbreaking. I really wonder if he has murdered other women in the past - maybe this is just the "tip of the iceberg"!

While I am disgusted & horrified at the actions of Russell Williams, I am very proud of Canada's LE & how quickly they caught him (just days after the murder of Jessica Lloyd)! Thanks to them, he was caught before he could commit any more crimes!!

I am also wondering about his wife - she must be horrified to learn that she was living with a "monster". Yet, surely she must have seen some signs - I wonder if he started his crime spree by stealing her underwear (or at least wearing it & photographing himself)? It's all so sickening!!
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The following link contains a rather lengthy description of Russell Williams' upbringing & college life. It's quite interesting to learn how he came to be where he is today, although I still can't fully comprehend it all!


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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:57 pm

Very true! :lol!:

I think the bottom line is: no matter what his upbringing (which sounded rather good) or personality (sounded like he was rather aloof & obssessive-compulsive)... he was faced with choices (like all of us are)! Most of his life, he must have made pretty good choices (in order to get to be an airforce commander), and for whatever reason... he started making bad choices. Now he is faced with the consequences. I'm sure he will be spending the next 25 years regretting the bad choices he made! :no:


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From flying military jets and meeting dignitaries to living in a cell the size of a walk-in closet at Kingston Penitentiary -- Russell Williams has entered a "grim" existence.

The former airbase commander turned sado-sexual killer was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for the slayings of Jessica Lloyd and Marie-France Comeau.

As Williams was being promptly whisked away to the maximum security prison, the lead detective in the case said he'll serve his sentence in the segregation unit, home to some of Canada's most notorious inmates -- including schoolgirl killer Paul Bernardo.

"In general people of his nature are taken down into solitary confinement, kept by themselves, they don't have access to any other inmates," Det. Insp. Chris Nicholas said outside the Belleville courthouse.

Defence lawyer Tony Bryant, who represented Bernardo, expects Williams will be on the same range as his old client, where the prison cells are 2.5 by 3 metres.

Bernardo's tiny cell -- his home for the past 15 years -- is not much larger than a typical household washroom, equipped with a cot, desk and toilet.

Prisoners can talk to the inmate in the adjoining cell, but can't see them at the prison, which opened in 1835.

"It's a grim existence, no question about that," said Bryant.

"Most people would say rightly so, given the horrific nature of the crimes these people have committed."

Williams would likely be in the segregation unit for his own safety, said Bryant, adding prison officials have an obligation to take care of everyone -- they can't pick and choose.

That doesn't mean Williams is free from the risk of physical harm.

Bernardo has been attacked and harassed at the prison. He was punched in the face by another inmate while returning from a shower in 1996. In June 1999, five convicts tried to storm the segregation range where he lives and a riot squad had to use gas to disperse them.

Williams' military training gives him an edge in defending himself in prison, said lawyer and psychologist Patrick Baillie in an interview from Calgary.

But the former colonel's life behind bars is a stark contrast to the one of privilege he's experienced.

"That will be a huge adjustment. It is a massive change from the lifestyle he's had in the past which was independent, which was widely respected and which had with it all sorts of future possibilities," said Baillie.

"Now you're an individual who's going to be told what you eat, and when you eat and how many people are going to be living in your cell and which cell you're going to be in."

The transition will be particularly difficult for someone like Williams, who is used to having a large degree of control over others and who is very smart, said Baillie.

He will have to adjust as well to the monotony of being in custody.

"Some people will rebel and fight. Others will have an initial period of shock and then a decision that they need to get on with it," said Baillie.

Prisoners in the segregation unit get an hour outside their cell for exercise. For the other 23 hours a day, they are locked in their cells. They can watch television -- if they buy a television. They can read and have writing materials. But there's no access to computers or the Internet.

Prisoners cannot receive telephone calls but can make them to people on an authorized call list, if they pay for the calls.

Offenders can hug and touch approved visitors, even have conjugal visits with spouses.

During his time at the Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee, Ont., since his February arrest, Williams could only speak to visitors from behind glass.

Prison officials will likely monitor Williams' state of mind, given his suicide attempt at the Quinte Detention Centre over the Easter weekend and his subsequent hunger strike.

Early psychological treatment or training programs for Williams are unlikely, said Baillie and Bryant, who note space in programs are limited and reserved for those closer to release.

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I hope his wife has the good sense to file for divorce from this sick SOB on Monday morning, if she hasn't already.

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At about the time his crime spree began, convicted serial killer Russell Williams was taking a cocktail of medications for chronic pain — including a drug that in some cases causes mind-altering side effects.

One of the drugs, according to an informed source, was prednisone — a corticosteroid used to treat inflammation, arthritis, asthma, lupus and certain cancers. Studies since the 1950s indicate it can cause a range of adverse reactions, including euphoria, mania and bipolar disorder.

The case shocked many last month, when details of Williams’ disturbing crimes were aired in court.

The most important question, however — why did a man with no criminal past suddenly, at 44, embark on a series of ritualistic fetish crimes that quickly escalated to murder — remained unanswered.

Could the drugs be a piece in the puzzle?

Prescription and other drugs can be a factor in violent crimes, says Glenn Woods, former RCMP director of behavioural sciences. But many other factors come into play.

“Everything from personal events, the work life — there’s a whole host of things that go on in our lives every day and we all have different ways of coping,” says Woods. “Some of these offenders cope with these stressors or precipitating factors by acting out on their fantasies.

“So, could medication be part of that? I suppose it could be. But if it was, it’s an accumulative effect — it could be medication, it could be things going on at work, it could be the home life, it could be a host of things. It would be taking a leap to say it would be any one of those things, but it could be a combination.”

Corticosteroid drugs have been cited as a defence or mitigating factor in some U.S. cases involving violence or murder, with very limited success.

Williams, 47, pleaded guilty last month to 82 break-and-enters and thefts, two sexual assaults involving home invasion, and to raping and killing his colleague Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 38, of Brighton and Jessica Lloyd, 27, of Belleville.

The former air force colonel and commander of Canada’s largest base, in Trenton, Ont., is now serving a mandatory life sentence at Kingston Penitentiary.

His medical history did not come up during his four-day guilty plea and sentencing in Belleville last month. Crown attorney Lee Burgess told the Star in an email that he would not comment on matters that did not come up in court.

Williams’ defence attorneys did not respond to email questions about his medication. The Staralso left a message about prednisone at the Ottawa home of Williams’ wife, Mary Elizabeth Harriman, but did not receive a response.

The police investigation looked for anything in Williams’ background that could have triggered his actions, according to a source close to the investigation. Nothing was found.

In April, the Star received an anonymous letter from someone identifying him- or herself as a former co-worker. It said Williams was on a “strong medication” for the past few years, concluding: “I believe this changed him.”

This week, another source, who asked not to be identified, named prednisone. The informed source said Williams was placed on it around the time his string of fetish break-and-enters and thefts began. Prednisone, a generic prescription drug, has been around since the 1950s and is made by a number of drug companies.

Monique Murdoch, who lives next door to the cottage in Tweed that Williams shared with his wife, told the Star Williams began taking medication for chronic pain some time after returning home from a posting to Dubai in 2006.

Williams began breaking into homes, methodically photographing women’s and girls’ underwear, and then posing and masturbating in the items, on Sept. 9, 2007. Shortly after that date, Murdoch says, Williams told her about being on medication.

“One time, we were playing cards and he actually had to get up to stand,” says Murdoch, whose family became close with Williams and his wife. “It was some kind of chronic pain and it was going through his whole body.”

“He did say he was on medication,” recalls Murdoch. “They were trying to find the right combination so that he could function, and obviously they did or he wouldn’t have become base commander.”

The pain was so intense that at one point Williams stopped jogging, says Murdoch, adding Williams was also suffering from insomnia.

It’s unclear how long Williams was taking prednisone, or at what dose. In the U.S., pilots taking high doses of prednisone are banned from flying by the Federal Aviation Administration.

In Canada, Williams’ military doctor would have been informed of his medical treatment, even if he had gone to an outside specialist, says a Canadian Forces spokesperson. The military would not comment on Williams’ medical history.

According to Canadian Air Force flight surgeon guidelines: “In general, systemic corticosteroids are not compatible with flight duties for any aircrew . . . Inhaled and topical intranasal corticosteroids are acceptable without requiring an operational flying restriction.”

When asked by police during his taped interrogation and confession why he committed his crimes, Williams provided no explanation.

“Dunno,” Williams shrugged.

“Have you spent much time thinking about that?” asked Ontario Provincial Police Det. Insp. Jim Smyth.

“Yeah, but I don’t know the answers, and I’m pretty sure the answers don’t matter.”

Williams added that he became interested in women’s underwear when he was in his 20s. But there is no evidence of Williams committing criminal acts until his first fetish home invasion in 2007. He is a serial killer the likes of which experts have rarely seen.

A former close friend of Williams told the Star that he noticed numerous medications in Williams’ room in October 2008 and wonders now if they had anything to do with his crimes.

“After it all happened I thought, what on Earth could cause that?” the friend, who asked not to be identified, said in an interview. “I knew he had been taking (the drugs) — but I’m really only grasping at straws because the whole thing is inexplicable.

“But it did strike me that maybe it was all those pills he was taking.”

The friend asked Williams in 2008 about the pills. Williams mentioned arthritis, the friend recalls. “He had to take a combination of at least five or six different pills on a daily basis . . . I thought, wow, that’s a lot.”

A search of Health Canada’s adverse drug reaction database shows there have been 563 reports mentioning prednisone in the past 20 years. The cholesterol drug Lipitor, by comparison, has been reported 1,807 times since it came on the market 13 years ago.

While rare, prednisone side effects cited in the Canadian database include agitation, anxiety, hallucinations and personality and psychotic disorders. In one case, a 28-year-old woman on a 15-milligram dose experienced all of those reactions and was hospitalized.

In another, a 48-year-old woman on a 60-milligram dose experienced insomnia, confusion and a personality disorder. She was also hospitalized.

The drug can also cause slight euphoria and full-blown mania.

In 2003 Quebec psychiatrist François Sirois reviewed studies of corticosteroids since the 1950s. He found side effects in a small number of cases ranging from mild euphoria to “full-blown reversible” psychotic reactions, to “bona fide bipolar disorder.”

In one Toronto case study, a 14-year-old cancer patient with no history of psychiatric illness received 75 milligrams of prednisone a day as part of his treatment. Doctors then noticed a serious psychotic reaction.

“He has multiple grandiose delusions,” said a report co-written by Toronto psychiatrist Dr. Irfan Mian. “He believed that he was God, had created a computer program that could read minds, had billions of dollars, had cured ill people, could revive the dead, and could transport people with his mind. He had visual hallucinations, seeing flames on his hand that he believed were flames from hell.”

In an interview, Mian added that the boy had to be restrained because he was acting aggressively and verbally threatening other children.

Dr. E. Sherwood Brown, who has written extensively about prednisone, says he is “skeptical that prednisone had anything to do with” turning Williams into a serial killer.

“But I’m absolutely fascinated by the story and whether it did all start with him starting prednisone,” adds Brown, an associate professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

People being treated for chronic pain, such as that from arthritis, are more likely to be on a lower dose, making psychiatric issues less likely, he adds. High dosages are more likely to trigger severe psychiatric side effects.

“I guess at this point there’s so many unanswered questions,” Brown says. “Was he actually on prednisone continuously for years? Some people are, but it’s usually a pretty low dose.”

Going on and off the drug, says Brown, can also cause unwanted side effects.

Brown notes that prednisone is not usually the first choice of treatment for conditions such as lupus and arthritis, due in part to its side effects, which also include “bone loss, weight gain, (and) diabetes.” It is used more often in severe cases of joint pain.

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Side effects of Prednisone.

Short-term side effects, as with all glucocorticoids, include high blood glucose levels, especially in patients who already have diabetes mellitus or are on other medications that increase blood glucose (such as tacrolimus) and mineralocorticoid effects such as fluid retention (it is worth noting, however, that the mineralocorticoid effects of prednisone are very minor; this is why it is not used in the management of adrenal insufficiency, unless a more potent mineralocorticoid is administered concomitantly).

Additional short-term side effects can include insomnia, euphoria and, rarely, mania (particularly in those suffering from Bipolar disorders I and II).

Long-term side effects include Cushing's syndrome, truncal weight gain, osteoporosis, glaucoma and cataracts, type II diabetes mellitus and depression upon dose reduction or cessation.

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I don't buy this at all. First of all, NO MD will precribe any steroid for a two year stretch.

I have had a manic episode on Decadron, another type of steroid. This did not want to make me do the things this man did. I simply did not sleep and ate the entire refrigerator and ended up in A-Fib and in the ER.

Everyone reacts differently to steroids. However, I certainly don't buy what this article is trying to sell.

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Post by Guest on Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:23 am

I am not an expert on this medication, but I would think that he must have had a fascination with women's underwear for quite some time. The medication, if anything, may have had some effect on loosening his inhibitions toward commtting these crimes. But, to blame his actions on the meds seems rather ridiculous! crazy3
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Post by laga on Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:25 pm

I have been on and off prednisone for years (lupus). My sister was on it for MANY years straight, everytime she got off she had a severe flair, she was on a very low dose most of the time and with few side effects. Me.....I hate being on it, it totally makes me crazy. I feel like I can't stay in my own skin. I don't know if it could cause what this man did, but I believe it is possible. I hate it so much, I would rather suffer tremendous pain than take it, I have to be in a REALLY bad flair to agree to take it again.
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Fri Nov 19 2010

The Canadian Forces have searched convicted serial killer Russell Williams’ Tweed cottage to retrieve his military kit — and burn his military clothing.

Four military officials, including two police, entered the Tweed cottage on Wednesday with the former air force colonel’s permission. They emerged after 90 minutes with enough military equipment, including books and manuals, to almost fill a van.

“All his military clothes — boots, headdress, shirts and everything — as soon it was taken it was also disposed of, it was actually burned the same day,” Cmdr. Hubert Genest, a Canadian Forces spokesperson, said in an interview.

Genest added that while the retrieving of military equipment is standard procedure for anyone who leaves the army, the burning of uniforms is not. Normally, the military tries to recycle and reuse clothing.

“In this case,” Genest said, “all of his clothing had his name on it, and we felt it was actually more appropriate to actually dispose of it by burning the equipment.”

Asked why it was burned, Genest said: “I could speculate about what could happen to the clothing, but by disposing of it like this, we’re sure it’s not going to be used again.”
What’s clear is the clothing, if burned all at once, would have made quite a bonfire. “In the military, you can have quite a large amount of uniforms and clothing and boots and hats, gloves and rucksacks,” Genest said. “My kit takes a lot of room in my basement.”

Williams, 47, pleaded guilty last month to 82 fetish break-and-enters and thefts, two sexual assaults involving home invasion, and to raping and killing his colleague Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 38, of Brighton and Jessica Lloyd, 27, of Belleville. He is serving a life sentence in Kingston Penitentiary. At the time of his arrest, Williams was commander of CFB Trenton, Canada’s biggest air base.

During his sentencing hearing, the court heard that the SUV Williams used to kidnap Lloyd would be crushed, and the hundreds of items of women’s and girls’ underwear and clothing he stole would be burned.

Williams has since been stripped of his rank and thrown out of the military. It was the first time that happened to an officer in the Canadian Forces, Genest said.

A few minor items of clothing belonging to the military are missing, Genest added. He stressed that none of the documents retrieved from Williams were classified. Genest said military officials did not enter Willliams’ Ottawa home as part of the operation to retrieve equipment.

There is also “an arrangement,” Genest said, to retrieve Williams’ military medals and his “commission scroll” within days. The scroll is a document signed by the Governor General and the Minister of National Defence, which confirms that Williams was a serving officer in the Canadian Forces. Officers retiring from the military would normally keep the scroll.

Williams had two medals — the Canadian Forces Decoration Medal, given for good service, and the South West Asia Service Medal, for having served at least 30 days in Afghanistan. Genest said the medals will likely be kept “in a safe place” once the military gets them back.

“It is an action that we are taking because . . . he’s no longer deemed a deserving member of the Canadian Forces.”

The Star reported last week that, at about the time his crime wave began in 2007, Williams was taking a cocktail of medications for chronic pain — including a drug that in some cases causes mind-altering side effects.

One of the drugs, according to an informed source, was prednisone, a corticosteroid used to treat inflammation, arthritis, asthma, lupus and certain cancers. Studies since the 1950s indicate it can cause a range of adverse reactions, including euphoria, mania and bipolar disorder.

There is speculation about whether the drug played a role in the mystery of why a man with no criminal past suddenly, at 44, embarked on a series of ritualistic fetish crimes that quickly escalated to murder.

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I think the main reason the military burned all of his items of clothing, etc. was to prevent "sickos" from trying to make some money from them!


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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:16 am

This evening (Feb. 18th), Dateline aired a show about RW. It was difficult to watch - his crimes were sick & cruel. It was also hard to wrap my mind around the fact that Canada's top military commander was leading such an awful double life!! If he was in a movie, he would get an Oscar for his performance. Unfortunately, this is real life, and he gets two life sentences instead!

What I really want to know is what caused him to make such a drastic change from being a "good guy" to a "bad guy"? (They showed footage of him saluting the Queen as she left his military jet) Or... was he living a double life all of his life? Maybe more will come out...
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Post by CritterFan1 on Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:55 am

Rainbow, I think he had been this way his whole life. From what I have read over the yrs, most people with his fetish started in their early teens. In the military he obviously believed in the "Don't ask, don't tell".
Not to be funny, but I have never known a teenager with 87 pair of underwear. Instead of shoes, underwear must be her thing.
I know this has rocked Canadians world. A man trusted by the military, and civilians. Too bad he couldn't just buy his panties at a store like most men w/that fetish would. These girls/women would not feel so violated. There would have been no murders. It is so sad that 2 people are dead because of underwear. Gross, that picture of him in the red lingerie is just too much. Barf He is one sick "you know what. Life in prison will be rough on this guy. Maybe an inmate will take care of him.
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I agree, Critter! I don't think he will last long in prison. I also have to add that although Canada doesn't make the news too often for violent crimes, when we do... it's definitely jaw-dropping (unfortunately)!! Shocked 2 :jaw dropping:
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Wrapitup wrote:Side effects of Prednisone.

Short-term side effects, as with all glucocorticoids, include high blood glucose levels, especially in patients who already have diabetes mellitus or are on other medications that increase blood glucose (such as tacrolimus) and mineralocorticoid effects such as fluid retention (it is worth noting, however, that the mineralocorticoid effects of prednisone are very minor; this is why it is not used in the management of adrenal insufficiency, unless a more potent mineralocorticoid is administered concomitantly).

Additional short-term side effects can include insomnia, euphoria and, rarely, mania (particularly in those suffering from Bipolar disorders I and II).

Long-term side effects include Cushing's syndrome, truncal weight gain, osteoporosis, glaucoma and cataracts, type II diabetes mellitus and depression upon dose reduction or cessation.

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I don't buy this at all. First of all, NO MD will precribe any steroid for a two year stretch.

I have had a manic episode on Decadron, another type of steroid. This did not want to make me do the things this man did. I simply did not sleep and ate the entire refrigerator and ended up in A-Fib and in the ER.

Everyone reacts differently to steroids. However, I certainly don't buy what this article is trying to sell.

I would love Cherylz's take on this.

ITA. I was on steroids for a long time after my transplant and was diabetic because of it. After I tapered off the steroids, the diabetes (high blood sugar) went away and I didn't have to do the insulin anymore. (took several months, almost a year to get off the steroids for good. Last year my family doctor gave me steroid shots in my foot right into 3 of the nerve pathways in my foot. I have never had such painful shots in my life. Immediately after wards (the next day) after a night of intense thirst I realized I needed to check my bloodsugar- it was too high to register on my glucometer. Over 600!!!!! Back on insulin for many months- I finally tapered off the insulin and am now ok. No more steroids again for me, my kidney doc said the steroids is what destroyed my normal kidney function.
The steroids made me feel like I wanted to jump out of my skin. I have had patients who were "hooked" on steroids because they have been on it for years (One was on it due to a colon problem) . She had brittle skin syndrome and when you just touched her, her skin would slide off. Keeping her skin intact was a real battle and complicated dressing changes were everyday routine. That's what steroids can do to you.
In California, so I am told by a dr. who has had 3 liver transplants in California, the protocol for transplant patients is to put them on steroids after transplant and keep them on steroids forever. They are actually trying to make it so transplant patients don't have to take the immunosuppressants for life, because the immunosuppressants can cause cancer to grow and flourish in a body that has no defense. I don't know what is worse- risking cancer or being on steroids.

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Hippie Chick, your last comment is sure a hard choice to make. My husband has colon probs,only has about 18 inches of intestine. Constant pain. Steroids were recommended for pain. After much research he went for the pain. Of course pain and the chance of cancer are two different things.
All drugs of a certain classification have the exact same warnings of side effects, that does not mean that a certain drug will cause all of the side effects in different people. If they broke it down to each individual drug, the side effects would be different than another drug in the same "class". This man had been a perv forever and ever. IMHO I do not think the steroids caused him to go over the edge. I think his fetish began to consume him, to take over his life, and it escalated to violence. His poor wife.
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