No Place In Canada For Russell Williams TV Movie

“They rarely, if at all, make movies depicting the Taliban or other terrorists killing Canadian or US soldiers in Afghanistan. And yet, they didn’t think twice before making a movie depicting a powerful military man killing two Canadian women on Canadian soil. And sexually abusing other Jane Does.” – Ed

Any Canadian citizen or resident who cares about gender-based violence, equality and women’s rights should condemn “An Officer and a Murderer”. The new TV movie dramatizing the real-life horror of the crimes of the former commander of CFB Trenton, one of Canada’s largest military bases, airs on the U.S. network Lifetime on July 21.

I never imagined that the unspeakable acts of sexual perversion and murder committed by one of Canada’s highest ranking officers would so easily, so soon, turn into entertainment.

And, oh, how the publicity glorifies the movie, starring Gary Cole (pictured) and Colonel Williams:

“Brilliant at being stealth and obsessive in covering all traces, Colonel Williams deceives his wife, friends, neighbors and even his military comrades.”

On display, once again, American disdain for all things Canadian. A police task force led by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Belleville Police caught Williams. He was caught because he drove an SUV with unusual tire treads.  An OPP sergeant plucked the confession out of him.

But that was too Canadian for the movie’s makers. That wasn’t dramatic enough for the U.S. audience. Instead, Williams’ “lewd behavior catches the eye of a small town police detective who is determined to stop the Colonel dead in his tracks.”  Of course the detective is aided by “an FBI trained interrogation specialist.”

We, Canadians, failed.

We failed Jessica Lloyd and Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, the two women Willaims admitted to murdering in 2010. We failed the other Jane Does her sexually attacked.

We failed on many levels. We failed because we’re a male-dominated society. Because we’re too obedient to authority. Of the political, business and military kind, especially.

We saw in Williams what we wanted to see: one of Canada’s rising stars. A man who commanded one of the country’s largest military bases.

In the meantime, the real Williams was busy. He crept around and broke into women’s houses. He stole the women’s underwear. Posed for photos wearing the undergarments. He grabbed and tied his victims up. He took photos and filmed their pain and suffering. He forced them do his perverted bidding; he filmed the horror.

And then, even as they begged for their lives, Williams executed two of the women.

We failed. The least we can do now is to say: No Place In Canada For Russell Williams TV Movie!

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