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Pictures of obsession: Colonel Russell Williams in stolen lingerie

This photo gallery contains images that may be disturbing to some readers.

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Colonel Russell Williams former Commander of Canadian Forces Base Trenton is escorted from the Belleville courthouse, October 18, 2010.

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In this artist's sketch, Col. Russell Williams lowers his head in court in Belleville, Ont., on Monday, October. 18, 2010. Williams indulged his fetish for women's and girl's lingerie by taking thousands of pornographic photographs of himself wearing their stolen underwear - and sometimes masturbating for the camera - before his sexual obsession escalated to sex assault and murder, court heard Monday.

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This image of women's underwear, carefully arranged, was submitted as evidence in court on Oct. 18, 2010, in the trial of Colonel Russell Williams.

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The evidence was introduced at a sentencing hearing for Colonel Russell Williams, who pleaded guilty to two counts of murder, two counts of sexual assault and forcible confinement, and 82 counts of fetish break-ins to steal lingerie and other clothing belonging to women and young girls.

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The collection of "extremely disturbing" photos presented in court (some of which we show here) shows Col. Williams's path from stealing lingerie and wearing women's clothes to a terrifying sexual assault and eventually murder.

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These thousands of break-in pictures, Crown prosecutor Robert Morrison Morrison told Mr. Justice Robert Scott, “are invaluable in explaining Williams’s makeup – his unusual sexuality, gradually escalating risk-taking” which culminated in him videoing “Ms. Comeau and Ms. Lloyd and their violations.”

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Col. Russel Williams is seen wearing women's lingerie in this court released photo on Monday Oct. 18, 2010.

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Col. Russel Williams is seen wearing women's lingerie in this court released photo on Monday Oct. 18, 2010.

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Col. Russel Williams is seen wearing women's lingerie in this court released photo on Monday Oct. 18, 2010.

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Col. Russel Williams is seen wearing women's lingerie in this court released photo on Monday Oct. 18, 2010.

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