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Murderer Russell Williams files to have victim pay his legal bills

Russell Williams already holds a special place in the rogue's gallery of Canadian killers.

Now he's embellished his evil reputation by trying to get money from one of his victims.

Williams, once a star officer and VIP pilot with the Canadian Armed Forces, pleaded guilty in 2010 to two counts of first-degree murder of two young women, forcible confinement and sexual assault related to two others and dozens of counts of break and enter.

The highly regarded officer, who had flown prime ministers and even the Queen, led a dark double life, breaking into dozens of homes and stealing women's underwear and other trophies. He took photos of his prizes and even modelled them. His obsession escalated to sexual assault and murder.

He's serving a life sentence in a segregated cell in Kingston Penitentiary, an easy drive from Canadian Forces Base Trenton, where he once commanded.

But the courts aren't through with Williams, who faces civil suits from victims and their families.

Laurie Massicotte, who survived a sexual assault by Williams, is suing him and his estranged wife, Mary Elizabeth Harriman for $7 million. She and other plaintiffs claim Harriman took control of her husband's assets — mainly his share of their $700,000 Ottawa townhouse — through a bogus agreement to shield it from lawsuits.

Now Maclean's reports Williams has filed a statement of defence denying Massicotte is entitled to any compensation and that her claim "should be dismissed with costs."

Which means Williams wants Massicotte to pay his legal bills in the case.

A request for costs is pretty standard in a statement of defence, sending a message that the case is so thin the defendant should not have bear any expense at all.

But the boilerplate seems especially hurtful in the case of Massicotte.

Maclean's noted Williams broke into her home in Tweed, the community a half-hour's drive from Trenton where Williams had a nearby cottage, and attacked her in her living room. She was stripped naked with a knife, fondled and intimidated for hours and ordered to pose for photos.

Williams admits the Sept. 30, 2009, assault but in his two-page statement of defence he claims he "has no knowledge" that she feared for her life, suffered "humiliation and indignity" and now needs "extensive therapy and medical attention," Maclean's reported.
"I don't trust anyone now," Massicotte told the Toronto Sun on Thursday.

"It is now out of my hands," Massicotte told the Sun, referring to the case, adding sarcastically, "I'm just a silenced poor pathetic victim here, apparently 'trying to manipulate the justice system or something for my own agenda.' "

Maclean's reported that unlike others suing Williams, Massicotte has no lawyer.

She is also suing the Ontario government, which has deeper pockets than Williams and his wife, alleging the Ontario Provincial Police botched the investigation.

She claims it was negligent in not alerting Tweed residents that a predator was at work after a victim known as Jane Doe was assaulted two weeks before Massicotte.

She also alleges she was mistreated by investigators, including being left naked and tied up in the early stages, called crazy over police radio and not being examined for DNA or signs of rape.

The province's lawyers claim Massicottee agreed to be "loosely bound" and covered in a blanket while the police collected forensic evidence.

Massicotte told Maclean's her life is still shattered three years after Williams' attack. She has not been able to work, has exhausted her savings and faces going on welfare.

Besides Massicotte's claim, Williams faces a $2.45-million suit from Jane Doe and a $4-million suit by the family of Jessica Lloyd, who along with Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, was killed by the former air force colonel.


porcelain72 14th-Jun-2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Does Williams himself have a lawyer? If so, and he's going along with this, he needs to be publicly shamed.
magedragonfire 15th-Jun-2012 02:46 am (UTC)
This article says he's representing himself. I could hope that not even the scumbaggiest lawyer would take him on as a client at this stage.
kira_snugz 14th-Jun-2012 11:39 pm (UTC)

HOW DOES HE EVEN HAVE A LAWYER? where does he find someone willing to defend him in court?

i'm still waiting for this lady to get the justice she deserves.

i know someone who is a lay minster and occasionally preaches out in tweed. he met her before all this went down, and still sees her occasionally. when the article says shes not doing well, they really really mean it. i don't want to share all the details, because she has a right to privacy, she has ptsd, and has issues when she sees police or hears sirens. and then because people are assholes, and the cops in the area are in the spotlight for having been assholes to her, there are people in the area who gossip constantly about what happened and who was right and whose trying to cover their ass. when she does go out and about, people stare and whisper and its really horrible.

i know that some people in the area have reached out in support to her too. there's a couple farms that give her produce and eggs, and people drop off casseroles and baking. if she doesn't recognize the people dropping the stuff off, or isn't home when its left, she won't touch it and it goes into the trash. but she does appreciate it, and it is a nice note in this horrible situation. people are reaching out and helping. it gives back a little faith in humanity
lurkch 15th-Jun-2012 12:48 am (UTC)
WTF? Seriously.
luminescnece 15th-Jun-2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Reasons why I would be hesitant to affix a Canadian flag to my person if I were travelling.

The RCMP is a fucking joke and has been feeding into itself through the war on drugs. Waste of money. City police departments are suited to the communities they serve and more accountable, which, to be more accountable than the RCMP is very easy, but still.
ebay313 15th-Jun-2012 02:06 am (UTC)
"including being left naked and tied up in the early stage"

The fuck? Who thought that was ok? When you arrive at a crime scene with a human being who is tied up and was just assaulted, the response should be to immediately make sure they are safe and are given access to any medical attention they need- not leave them tied up while you go about collecting evidence around them. Just, seriously, WTF?
labelleizzy 15th-Jun-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
this. 1000 times this. Just... what.
little_rachael 15th-Jun-2012 04:18 am (UTC)
The province's lawyers claim Massicottee agreed to be "loosely bound" and covered in a blanket while the police collected forensic evidence.

She probably "agreed" to it because she had just been assaulted and just wanted to be helped. And she was probably afraid to argue with the people who were supposed to be "helping" her.

Also, called crazy over the radio? Extremely cruel. Fuck who ever said that.
tala_nahimana 16th-Jun-2012 01:57 am (UTC)
Williams admits the Sept. 30, 2009, assault but in his two-page statement of defence he claims he "has no knowledge" that she feared for her life, suffered "humiliation and indignity" and now needs "extensive therapy and medical attention," Maclean's reported.

What the actual fuck?!?!?!?!?! What the hell else was she going to experience out of being sexually assaulted?!?! OMG!! I have no words, especially not for what I think should happen to this flaming douchecanoe! Jeebus Cheetos! The whole situation has me exceedingly pissed off, but that comment from him just pushed me over the fucking edge!
libre_m 16th-Jun-2012 06:08 am (UTC)
Devil's advocate: the lawyer could also be working for Williams' wife, in which case, he's going to be doing everything he can to ensure her assets and interests are protected.
Whatever you think of Williams and his acts, if his wife was legitimately uninvolved and unaware of her husband's acts, then she has a right to not be left destitute.
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