A New Kind of Monster

A New Kind of Monster

The Secret Life and Chilling Crimes of Colonel Russell Williams

Book - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Ripped from the headlines, the horrific and astonishing true story of the double life of Russell Williams, who was at once a respected figure in the Canadian military and a ruthless sado-sexual serial criminal and murderer.

In the annals of psycho-killers, Colonel Russell Williams may well be unique. A decorated air force colonel, Williams was, for years, living a double life as a sado-sexual home invader, burglar, pedophile and, ultimately, murderer. A model officer and elite pilot, he was trusted with flying international dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth, as well as commanding Canada's most important military airbase. Yet his dark and violent secret life included breaking into 82 homes of girls and women; thefts of vast amounts of lingerie (which he dressed in); two bizarre sexual assaults that left an uncomprehending Ontario village on a knife's-edge; and eventually, two rape-murders. When police raided Williams's home - a home he shared with his wife, a respected professional in her own right who was apparently completely unaware of her husband's unconscionable double life - they found hundreds of pairs of women's underwear, meticulously organized and catalogued. In this book, veteran Globe and Mail crime reporter Tim Appleby chronicles a true story that could have been lifted from the darkest pages of pulp fiction, one that offers fascinating - and troubling - insights on human psychopathology.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780307359506
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 APP 2011 22
Characteristics: 277 p. : ill., maps


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Apr 27, 2019

While reading through the many sordid details of Colonel Russell Williams' "secret life" one does really wonder how this so-called "respected man of the military" could've ever carried on for as long as he did before finally being caught and exposed for the absolute monster that he really was.

But, because of Williams' prestigious position in the Canadian Armed Forces, he was clearly far above suspicion and no one could've ever imagined or expected what sort of depravity he was actually up to on his many clandestine outings into the neighboring community.

Apr 24, 2019

Oh-me! Oh-my! - When it comes to the secret, cross-dressing, raping, murdering "double-life" of Ontario-born military-man, Russell Williams - I'd definitely say that fact is, indeed, more shocking than fiction.

Informatively written by Canadian-born crime reporter, Timothy Appleby - "A New Kind of Monster" is a sensational modern-day true-crime drama that must be read to be believed.

Going into great detail regarding Williams' clandestine activities - This intriguing narrative sheds plenty of glaring light on a truly troubled and menacing man who had repressed his most deviant urges for decades only to find himself plunged into a twisted and tormented netherworld where police apprehension was the only way to curtail his irrepressible lunacy.

This book also includes an 8-page photo gallery of b&w images.

Dec 23, 2015

From the leafy suburbs of Ottawa to the small town of Tweed, a series of mostly unreported fetish burglaries were being committed, followed by two violent sexual assaults and later, two brutal murders. As police tried to figure out who was responsible, no one could imagine that Russell Williams, the colonel in charge of Canada's most important air base in Trenton was also living a compartmentalized life as a sexual sadist, documenting his sick acts with a digital camera while collecting undergarments as if they were trophies. In A New Kind of Monster, we learn all about Williams's disturbing double life and how as a top ranking officer in the Canadian forces, he was always above suspicion until he made one pivotal mistake that led to his downfall. However, as I was reading this book, I couldn't help thinking that there is much more to this story. And since the author is writing from a journalistic perspective, he can only speculate when trying to identify the origins of his bizarre behavior. But I simply refuse to believe that he decided to commit these acts out of the blue at the peak of his professional career, like flipping on a light switch. Hopefully one day, a book will be written about Williams by someone with a background in criminal profiling and behavioral science like author John Douglas, who would want to speak to the killer directly.

loonylovesgood Apr 05, 2013

Couldn't put it down. Deeply disturbing but fascinating. Happened around the area where I grew up, so I was particularly interested in this case.

Aug 21, 2011

I actually think there is a fair bit more detail in this book than we heard in the media. We all knew some of this stuff, but this goes deeper into what happened. This is a chilling book, and I don't exactly recommend that anyone pick it up. It is horrifying and, at times, hard to read.

If you followed this case with interest and are certain you can handle the details of it, then by all means, read this book. It is a fascinating read about how this man was able to hide his secret life from everybody while maintaining such a public life with the Canadian armed forces.

Apr 17, 2011

For anyone who followed the case through the news or newspapers, this book offers very little insight into the mind of the killer. Having said that, it is a horrifying story that is not for the faint of heart.

debwalker Apr 16, 2011

"A solid piece of journalism that meticulously records what is known about the murderous life of Russell Williams, the man who disgraced his country, his family, his wife and the Canadian air force. Its many insights into this rapist, fetishist and killer are frequently illuminating; and, given the unlikelihood that further information will become available, the book will probably remain the source on this bizarre case."
Elliott Leyton
Globe & Mail April 15 2011

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SCL

To Top