Parents of another slain woman relive their pain

Margaret McWilliam, of Deep River, Ont., was 21 years old in 1987 when she was raped and killed while out for a jog in a Scarborough, Ont., park about a half kilometre from her new Toronto home.

Her case has not been solved. Her parents, Ivan and Charlotte, have been through the worst of that pain. But something of it struck them again when police looked for connections between her death and the rapes and killings of serial killer Paul Bernardo.

Now they’re experiencing it a third time with the arrest of Col. Russell Williams on sexual-assault and murder charges, and the news that he spent some of his childhood in Deep River.

As it turns out, he graduated from the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus that same year, according to reports. He also lived with his parents in Scarborough, while attending high school at Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute.

She moved to the city in fall 1986 after graduating from Kemptville College. Bernardo, like Russell Williams, graduated in 1987 from the U of T’s Scarborough campus. Bernardo was once a suspect in Margaret’s case.

McWilliam’s case is one of a slew of unsolved sex and murder cases that may be reopened if an Ontario Provincial Police behavioural profile turns up links from any of the cases to the two murder cases already laid against Williams.


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