Russell Williams: From King to Pauper

Russell Williams: From King to Pauper

Kingston : Canada | Oct 25, 2010 at 5:13 AM PDT
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Russell Williams, former Colonel and Base Commander of Canada's largest airbase, has been convicted of the murders of Jessica Lloyd and Corporal Marie France-Comeau. Sentenced to 25 years prison, without chance for parole for 25 years, he will serve his sentence in a segragation unit at Kingston Penitentiary in Ontario.

As a Colonel and Base Commander he met dignitaries, rubbed elbows with the Queen and Prime Minister and had people looking after his every need. He had freedom of movement and directed others on their duties. All of this came to a sudden halt after his conviction and sentencing. The military, through the Governor General, stripped him of his rank, revoked his medals and kicked him out of the military.

After the trial Williams was taken directly to Kingston, Ontario to the Kingston Maximum Security Penitentiary, where he will serve his time in the Segration Unit for his own safety. He will occupy a 8 by 10 ft cell (2.5 meters by 3 meters) with a cot and toilet.

Kingston Penitentiary is the home of some of Canada's most notorious criminals, including the school girl killer Paul Bernado.

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

Williams will get one hour of recreation daily, but for the rest of the time he remains locked in his tiny cell. Prisoners are provided reading and writing material and can watch TV. The TV has to be bought by the inmate. Prisoners do not have access to computers or the internet. Prisoners cannot receive phone calls, but can make them to an approved list at their own expense. Inmates can touch and hug approved visitors and have conjugal visits with spouses.

Needless to say, this is a major change to Williams's lifestyle. A man who used to have a lot of perks that come with rank and position has been reduced to a pauper. He will be watched closely since he has attempted suicide in his holding cell last Easter.

We may never find out what the cause of Williams' was, other than that they were sexually motivated.

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Karl Gotthardt is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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