tonight on "nightline," double life. he was an air force hot shot with a sterling career, a loving wife and a terrifying secret. we go inside the mind of a cross dressing serial killer to return how he fooled the world and where he fits among history's psycho paths. ghost bear a pristine wilderness threat bd. its best hope is a rare species held say credit. tonight, we set trail on the spirit bear. and, gargantuan. as the world for world's biggest pumpkin falls. we meet the dr. frankenstein of giant veggies. how do you grow something like
that? >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," october 21st, 2010. >> good evening, everyone. he was a killer with the ultimate cover. as a base commander in the canadian air force, russell williams rubbed shoulders with the prime minister and flew planes for the queen. but no one, including his wife, knew that he was a sexual deviate, burglar, rapist and murderer. and today what began as fetish and fantasy led to a life sentence of solitary misery. for more than 20 years, he was a model airman and husband described as a bright, shining star of the canadian air force. tonight, he is the most notorious pervert, rapist and serial killer in recent canadian history. after four-daying of stomach churning evidence led to a life sentence, a nation wonders how
he could have led this double life. >> how could anybody do such a horrible, horrible thing? >> reporter: over his flawless career, russell williams rose from decorated pilot to commander of support missions in afghanistan and became in charge of ka that day's largest military base. at age 42, he began on acting on his fetish for women's undercloves, by breaking into homes to dress up, masturbate and steal samples for his personal collection. >> ever been interviewed by the police in a room like this before? >> never. >> oh no, okay. >> reporter: 27-year-old jessica lloyd disappeared in january. dedeckives found tire and boot tracks near her home, and a week later, a sharp-eyed officer noticed the tread matched the tires on williams' suv. >> this is a photo copy of the boot that you took off your
foot. >> yep. >> just a little while ago, okay? >> reporter: when his boots matched, as well, detectives were certain they had their man. >> we need to have some honesty, okay? because this is getting out of control really fast, russell. okay? really, really fast. this is getting beyond my control. all right? i came in here a few hours ago and i called you the way i call ed you because i wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt. but we both know you were at jessica lloyd's house and inneed to know why. >> reporter: williams sat frozen in the interrogation room, agonizing his own fate. but eventually, he came clean. and every a ten-hour confession described two rapes, 82 burglaries and the murders of both lloyd and 37-year-old corporate marie france carmoux. >> did you like or dislike these women?
>> i didn't know any of them. >> reporter: in both cases, he tied them up, beat and raped them repeatedly for hours while recording it all on video. on one occasion, he stopped to actually adjust the lighting while ignoring his victim's pleas. if i die, lloyd cries out on video, will you make sure to let my mom know that i love her? >> well, let's talk about jessica, because she was there with you for the whole day, right? what kind of feelings were you experiencing while you were with her that day? >> i thought she was a very nice girl. >> can you tell me why you killed her? >> right. >> do you know why you killed her? >> well, i think i killed her because i knew that her story would be recognized. >> her story would be recognized? how do you mean? >> well, because she knew i was
taking pictures. >> it seems to be intact enough to realize that this is embarrassing and that he would have some shame and acknowledging fully that he did these things, in contrast to a total psychopath that would be almost triumphant in saying, yeah, i did this to her and she deserved it. >> reporter: dr. michael stone is a forensic psychiatrist who studied and cataloged hundreds of deviant killers for his new book. so, you have how many different grade yagss of evil? 22. >> 22. >> reporter: and where does he fit on the evil chart? >> either 18, which is moderately prolonged torture or 22, for considerably prolonged and very agonizing. so, high up on the scale. >> reporter: worst of the worst. >> yes. >> reporter: dr. stone says williams may be the most highly functioning serial killer he has ever seen. and his military discipline actually helped him lead two separate lives.
he's unique in that he started his crimes later in life and among the very few who like to pose in women's clothing. dennis raider, the notorious btk killer, was another. >> yes, i had some sexual fan that sips. i took her to the basement and eventually hung her. >> reporter: but while btk never expressed remorse, williams did display empathy for his wife during his confession. >> what made you decide to tell me this today? >> mostly, to make my wife's life easier. >> reporter: and he sniffled in court as he told the judge, quote, i have committed despicable crimes, your honor, in the process, betrayed my family and friends. >> it's very uncommon psychopaths, one of the key ingredients is not to have
remorse. even jeffrey dahmer had some measure of remorse when he was put in prison. >> i did what i did not for reasons of hate. i hated no one. i knew i was sick or evil or both. now i believe i was sick. >> reporter: so, where does the science stand on nature versus nurture in this particular case? you seem to think that he was hard wired for this sort of brand of evil. it wasn't beaten into him by ape abusive parents. >> right. >> reporter: there is a section of the brain that he's lacking? is he lacking the empathy gene? >> he may have a deficiency in the certain areas of the brain. if the parents beat the heck out of the kid or there was terrible neglect. so, there are some environmental forces that may make the person more inclined to crime but those forces don't make a person that way. the forces make the person more inclined to violent crime, perhaps, but not to the sexual, which is wired in from the
get-go. >> reporter: those parents split when he was young, there was no evidence of abuse, as williams excelled in expensive schools. yet another detail to make him the subject of fascination for criminal scientists and the object of loathing for everyone else. >> we want him locked in there until the day he dies. >> how do you feel about what you've done, like, what type -- >> disappointed. >> given the risk of retribution from other prisoners, williams began his sentence in solitary today, and a bit later he will be court marshal and stripped of his colonel stripes. coming up, the ghost of the wilderness. we visit one of the most beautiful places on the earth, on the trail of the spirit bear. [ le announcer ] first is fast. first is 4g, but plays nice with 3g as well. first has an 8-megapixel hd camera and can stream live video to the web.
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surely by virtue of postcard beauty, certain tracks of wilderness make their own argument for preservation but the thirst for fuel puts the controversy in conservation. but we look at a rare creature honored by natives but rarely caught on film. david wright reports for our series, "into the wild." >> reporter: the great bear rain forest is not an easy place to get to. we traveled by float plane. there are no roads here. no landing strips. except for the flat stretches of water a
water. what brought us to this remote corner of canada is the spirit bear. black bears with white fur. they look like miniature polar bears. >> it's a magnificent bear. and it's extremely rare. >> reporter: the bear, sometimes called canada's panda, is the marquee species for a region that is crowded with grizzlies eagles and whales. but the great bear rain forest now faces a threat. a massive oil pipeline being proposed to bring oil to british columbia so that it can be shipped to china. the spirit bear's home could soon become a super highway for super tanker. >> the idea of an oil spill here would detroit it forever. >> reporter: some of the top nature photographers in the world are using their cameras here now for a cause. >> some of them do large landscapes. others are extraordinary wildlife photographers. and the idea is to create a
snapshot of this area. >> reporter: paul nicklen has what may be the most difficult assignment. photographing the illusive spirit bear. >> you have to have patience and passion. you have to have both of those. if you want to see the bear, you have to put in the 18-hour days for six weeks at a time. >> reporter: we found that out the hard way. >> they seem right now a little bit shy. >> reporter: our guide, marven robinson robinson, a native of this region. >> here's some white hair. >> reporter: a single wisp of hair. >> see that white hair there? >> reporter: yeah. >> that's from a spirit bear. >> reporter: left behind by the wear with the claw marks. >> you can see one, two, three, four, five of them. >> reporter: marven's tribe considers the bear saycredsacred.
he says until recently the tribe spoke about them only in whispers. >> we weren't even allowed to talk about it. if we were sitting at the dinner table, you know, and somebody mentioned that they seen one, everybody would tell you to, shh, keep it quiet. >> reporter: really? >> we don't want too many people to know. >> reporter: the bears seems only too happy to cooperate. by the end of our first day, the only spirit bear we saw is the totem painted on the wall of the lodge in hartley bay, marven's hometown. population, 150. the tribal elders here strongly oppose the pipeline. >> we need all of you to help us, to help our spirit bear. >> reporter: proponents of the pipeline insist there's no cause for alarm. the pipeline, they note, would skirt the great bear rain forest itself. oil would travel through the region only in modern double-hulled tankers guided by tug boats. >> we believe the potential of a spill is remote.
and we will put in thorough plans what we will do in the event of a spill. but the public needs to understand and be confident we can respond effectively. >> reporter: the oil company planning the pipeline, enbridge, has unfortunately had some practice. a pipeline in michigan burst over the summer, speming a million gallons of oil into a river that flows into the great lakes. little wonder the native fishermen are skeptical. >> this is my bread and butter right here. >> reporter: worried any future oil spill here could destroy their way of life. day two of our hunt for the spirit bear involved a hike into an even more remote patch of woods. this is certainly a bit more off the beaten path. the moss here is so thick and soft, you could use it as a pillow. the place, so quiet. the only sound, aside from the rapids, comes from the salmon swimming upstream and the ravens flapping their wings overhead. hiking in, we saw plenty of evidence that the bears were
recently here. fresh salmon, killed on the rocks of the river. and in the woods, fresh bear droppings. i guess that answers that question. using a giant log as a blind, we sit quietly by the side of the river. almost immediately a white form emerged from the woods. a lone wolf, surprised to see humans here. black bears came, too. one by one, just a few feet away. aware of us, but not too curious. and we waited. and waited. and waited in the forest, until the light was fading. then, disappointed, we trudged out. well, day two, we've been very patient. but still no white bears. we'll try again tomorrow. our last day of shooting, we set off early, hoping for better luck. and suddenly, there he was, in an open field at the only of the
woods. we've been at this for three days now and this is the first glimpse of the spirit bear. it's just amazing. they're rarer than panda bears. no more than 500 of them on earth and the only place in the world you can see them is right here. >> you feel like you've seen a ghost. they just slip back into the forest and they're gone again and it's just -- you have to look at the pictures to realize what you've just seen. >> reporter: the pictures, afterall, are what this expedition is all about. >> photography has a power to captivate audiences. and we can put conversations around these images. >> reporter: raising awareness of a place off-limits to most humans. one of the last truly wild places on earth. >> you know, our hope is that this place will be illustrated in images so that we can show the world what's really at stake here. >> reporter: canada's panda is now poised to become the next environmental superstar. i'm david wright for "nightline"
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stephens tips the scales at 1810 pounds, shattering the old record by 85 pounds. and i know who you're thinking, how can i grow a vegetable big enough to house my inlaws? well, nick watt introduces us to the man with the giant green thumb in tonight's "sign of the times." >> reporter: roller coaster season for the 12-time world champion champion. >> hot spell, end of june effected my onions. >> reporter: humongous radish and tomatoes flourished in the hot house. a wet august swelled his squash. >> this year's been good year for it. >> reporter: this little puppy 156 pounds. that weighs as much as me. not quite. may i? >> yeah.lump?
a giant beet root. hang on who is that guy? ahh, a giant veg e fish had doe who stopped by. >> just saying, this is the winning onion this year. >> reporter: in case you didn't know, harrogate is the onion show. it weighs nearly 16 pounds tantalizingly close to the world record. just look at that. back to that beet root i was holding. all 38 pounds of it. it would make borcht for every man man, woman and child. the longest beets estest beet, 19d feet. the heaviest parsnip. >> this is what i beat the world record with. but it was bigger. >> reporter: and just last week, he won the crown for the worldest heaviest potato. what was the feeling like when you lifted it? did you know you had a world record? >> well, i think i did.
i think i did. and i got me camera and i took a picture of it. i thought, i knew it was pretty big. >> reporter: he's a titan. how many hours a day do you spend on this? >> 24. >> reporter: a machine. best in show 12 years running at the british giant vegetable championships. and is your wife on board? she's supportive? >> yes, that's right. you couldn't do without it. >> reporter: here she is. you're happy that your husband has -- >> yes, because he's happy doing it. if he wasn't out in the garden it would be miserable. i wouldn't want him in here watching the television every evening. he'd be bored stiff. >> these are cucumbers. i did very well with them. >> reporter: it's good, clean fun. there's no doping, injecting or cheating in the world of competitive vegetable growing. trying to think how you could
cheat. hollow out the beet route and put ball bearings inside. >> yeah, you could, but -- >> reporter: clearly, he thinks i'm an idiot. i'll show him. your apples aren't very big. >> no, that's true. >> reporter: but peter doesn't care about apples. onions are his true passion. >> this was the winning onion this year. >> reporter: he's a three-time heavy onion champion. so, three years, the world's heaviest onion. >> it's not the world record. i'm still after that. >> reporter: he's still hungry. next year. maybe next year. as long as there isn't a dry spell again come the end of june. i'm nick watt for "nightline" in england. >> after the apocalypse, we know where the vegetarians are headed. thanks to nick watt for that. when we come back, npr fires juan williams. first, a glimpse of what's up next with our friend jimmy kimmel. jim? >> jimmy: tonight, clint eastwood, rod stewart, we have
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