I just read in the Ottawa Citizen this morning that Mary-Elizabeth Harriman, wife of Colonel Russell Williams (who awaits trial on charges of sex killings, home invasions, sexual assaults and break and enters), has been ‘devastated’ by the charges against her husband.
“As a result of the charges, my previously anticipated future and financial security had become jeopardized,” the affidavit said.
The affidavit is in response to a lawsuit filed jointly against Harriman and Williams by one of his sexual assault victims, who claims that Williams transferred ownership of the house to Harriman on March 26th in order to protect it from legal action.
A couple of things caught my attention here. One is her focus is on her financial security. Frankly, I would think her financial security pales in comparison to what other women lost as the result of her husband’s alleged actions. And that brings me to the second point: she says she lost her security as a result of the charges.Since the charges were a direct result of the Colonel’s alleged actions, I would say she lost her security as a result of her husband’s actions, not as a result of the charges. Maybe it’s a minor detail, but the implication is that it’s the system’s fault rather than her husband’s fault.
This brings me to another question. I can’t help but wonder how much Ms. Harriman knew about her husband’s horrific hobby. Is it possible that she lived with him all those years and had no inkling that he was breaking into houses, stealing women’s underwear, raping women and occasionally murdering them? Did she never stumble across his massive collection of stolen underwear and baby blankets and other ‘trophies’? Did she never see blood on his clothing or scratches on his body and wonder where they came from? Did she never wonder where he went during his middle-of-the-night excursions?
Do you think it’s possible she turned a blind eye to her own suspicions in order to protect her “financial security” from the truth?