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Thank you Rosie. You get it. You really really get it. You wrote the column I would have written.
In distressing ways, it’s The Balcony Rapist all over again, nearly a quarter-century after that repeat offender attacked a string of women in downtown Toronto, 12 years after Jane Doe won her civil suit against Toronto police, with a judge finding the force guilty of negligence and gender discrimination for failure to inform the public about ongoing sexual attacks in a defined area, the victims all of a physical resemblance.
Williams appears to have had no preferred type. He was all over the map in his 82 fetish break-ins in terms of females targeted, from pubescent girls to middle-aged moms.
His creeping was not all over the map geographically, however, the home invasions clustered around a specific Ottawa neighbourhood and the small eastern Ontario town of Tweed.
“Not related” is the disclaimer that appears constantly in comments from police officials following Williams’ arrest last February and the subsequent media sifting of events: They had no reason to believe a link existed between what was happening in communities more than 200 kilometres apart.
But to hear at least some cops tell it, they weren’t even seeing a connection in the serial burglary of underwear in Tweed, a town with a population of less than 6,000. In retrospect, alarm bells should have been blaring. Yet at least one officer characterized the thieving of undergarments as not particularly uncommon, thus not noteworthy.
Unless sleepy Tweed just happens to be Planet Central for underwear-snatching, it should damn well have been apparent that something peculiar and disturbing was going on.
Incidentally, I would like to draw your attention to Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, page 53.
H/T to Facebook friend Nadine Lumley who pointed out the book.
UPPITY WOMAN DATE:
But officers investigating the Ottawa and Tweed fetish burglaries also had little reason to assume the two crime sprees were connected, a source close to the investigation told the Star.
I bet that source was real close to the investigation.
“These fetish burglaries are pretty widespread,” the source said. “It’s not that unique a behaviour.”
You know. Just panty raids.
SPEAKING OF WHICH DATE: Rick Barnes has more.
Did the Police look at these break-ins of underwear as a pranks, or minor because they did not involve something of significance like a big screen TV or a wallet full of cash?
What the person did in the break-ins was intimidate and humiliate the women and girls whose privacy and space he invaded. He made these girls and women feel very vulnerable and I expect scared. Some did not report the break-ins because they felt so humiliated.
UP YOURS DATE: Nice. Not.
Stephen Harper has spoken. And not a soul has the guts to take him to task. Read this:
"The Canadian Forces are the victim here, [pause] as are the direct victims of these terrible events."
So says Stephen Harper. I didn't insert that "pause" for no reason. On the tape it exists and it suggests, to Harper, that the direct victims of Williams' crimes were secondary to the effect on the Canadian Forces as a whole.
Which shows what Harper knows about the Canadian Forces. And could care less for the actual victims.