The Russell Williams case shocked and horrified Canadians, both in the grisly nature of the crimes — rape, humiliation and murder — as well as the identity of the perpetrator: a well-respected Colonel in the Canadian military, who at the time of the offenses was in charge of thousands at a military base and who had piloted planes carrying such dignitaries as the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence.
It turns out, however, that it was shocking in other ways: namely, the actions of the very police officers called to help Williams’ victims. Williams attacked Laurie Massicotte when he invaded her home in the early hours of September 30, 2009 — by no means his first victim, but one of the last he left alive. He smothered her with a blanket, punched her repeatedly, tied her to a chair and photographed her, then left her alone in her house, still tied up. Once Massicotte was able to loosen herself enough to dial 911, police officers rapidly arrived on scene — and this, Massicotte says, is when her hell “really began.” The police allegedly told her that they had to leave her as she was, naked, tied up and under the blanket Williams had thrown over her before he left, until a police photographer showed up. Confused, traumatized and frightened, Massicotte remained under the blanket for another 5 hours as the police awaited the apparently much-in-demand photographer.
Massicotte plans to file suit against the Ontario Provincial Police over her treatment, as well as against Williams and his ex-wife. She stated that the police did not believe she was actually a victim and that, in fact, she was “faking” the whole incident. Massicotte stated the police told a neighbor that she was trying to “copycat” an assault that had taken place previously. This despite the fact that the police had not released information about the previous assault, which Massicotte is using as part of her suit against the OPP as well, stating that they failed in their “duty of care” to warn local residents that a sexual predator was on the loose.
Indeed, despite the fact that most residents would like to forget Russell Williams ever existed, there are those for whom he will never fully be gone.
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