4. Russell Williams
Mary Elizabeth Harriman was married to her husband, Russell Williams, for 19 years. He was a well-respected colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces who had flown aircraft for Queen Elizabeth II and the prime minister of Canada.
Mary could not have been prouder, but she had no idea that her husband hid a secret—he was a cross-dressing rapist and serial killer. Russell Williams had invaded homes at night and collected trophies such as lingerie from his victims. Later, he would photograph himself wearing those items. He also kept newspaper clippings of photographs of his victims.
In 2010, he pleaded guilty to 88 charges, including burglary, rape, and the murders of two female victims. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. Then in 2011, sexual assault victim Laurie Massicotte filed a nearly $7 million lawsuit against Williams and his wife.
Massicotte’s statement alleged that Mary was “aware” of her husband’s sadistic ways and failed to “report that [illicit] conduct to the police.” The case was settled out of court, and the details were not disclosed.