It began in 2007, with break-ins where the main thing stolen was women's lingerie. Few people reported the thefts, and by 2009, local police had more pressing concerns - two women had been sexually assaulted.
Any link between Canadian Air Force Colonel Russell Williams and the crimes at first seemed unthinkable. But after being stopped at a random roadblock, police brought him in for questioning. A nine-hour interrogation would reveal the distinguished colonel's secret life as he confesses to the break-ins and much more.
On Sept. 30, 2009, Laurie Massicotte became Col. Russell Williams' second assault victim in Tweed, Ontario. Blindfolded and beaten, her ordeal went on for three-and-a-half hours. She spoke for the first time on television to "48 Hours Mystery."
"I kept thinking, 'before he leaves here, this guy is going to kill me.'"
Jessica Lloyd, 27, of Tweed, Ontario, was Col. Russell Williams' second homicide victim.
Williams confessed to her murder during an interrogation on Feb. 7, 2010. Police has stopped Williams at a random roadblock and grew suspicious of the colonel when they realized his tires seemed to match tire tracks found near Jessica's home.
Russell Williams graduated from the University of Toronto with degrees in politics and business. His friend, Jeff Farquar says after a painful breakup, Williams started going to the movies a lot. He memorized the dialogue and seemed to model his life on "Top Gun."
Police discovered a mountain of stolen underwear: underpants, bras and camisoles stuffed into the rafters of Williams' garage and packed in boxes in the basement - trophies from dozens of break-ins. Break-ins, which, at the time, most of his victims never even knew about.
Russell Williams pleaded guilty to the murders of Marie-France Comeau and Jessica Lloyd, to two sexual assaults and an astonishing 82 counts of breaking and entering - the bizarre underwear thefts that started it all. The colonel's own candid self-portraits, showing him modeling the stolen underwear, were shown in court during trial.