Strange case of Russell Williams

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Oct 19 20:34:29 UTC 2010

At 12:28 PM -0600 10/19/10, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>  There is nothing here that's particularly intellectually challenging,
>just a couple of observations related to reporting on a Canadian
>criminal case.
>Several aspects of the stories are odd, not just the case itself. To
>summarize the case, one of the top Canadian career military pilots and
>the head of the largest airbase in Canada yesterday pleaded guilty to a
>large number of charges, including two murders. The bizarre details of
>the case suggest the making of a serial killer, although, luckily, the
>streak was aborted at two.
>But enough about the case proper. I wanted to mention a couple of
>things. First, when I heard the first report of the plea yesterday, it
>was from a BBC news clip on NPR, and, among other things, the reporter
>mentioned that charges against Williams included "sex acts with women's
>undergarments". This seems to be a strange phrasing as I do not recall
>ever having seen a formal proscription against the practice (perhaps
>things are different in Canada).

Maybe in Canada the undergarments have to formally consent.  Or
perhaps they were underage.


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