Years ago I met this man. He was in his early 20’s and I was just at that start of my handwriting certification course. My initial handwriting analysis of Nathan was not as clear as it is today.

Nathan was wonderful with me. He helped me with my computer glitches and anything I needed in regards to added moving issues. He lived upstairs from me in an apartment building with his girlfriend and her child from another man, who he took on as his own.

I remember him coming to see me and telling me that he was really concerned about becoming a father when he found out his girlfriend was pregnant. They were both on government support. Nathan was schizophrenic. He was taking medication for it, but now and again I noticed his temper change. In this case, however, he showed true concern about how he would be able to support a child with his condition and financial position. He spoke to me about that.

I did get his handwriting sample before all this fear and future upset occurred. I believe I had some of it right, but now having completed my Master in Handwriting Analysis, and looking back on this sample, I wish I had seen more.

THINGS I MISSED: The Jealousy Loop, The Buckled “K”, The “Whimsical T” The “Unfinished”, The “Generosity”, The Slanted lower part of his Y or G. And quite a few more traits I see now, that I didn’t before completing my Certification in 2012.

Nathan did a horrible thing. He is a murderer. He killed his girlfriend.

However, like the media likes to portray viciousness, this man was not. He was a “victim” himself of “mental illness”. One which he refused to be, in his mind, a “victim” of. At the trial, he asked that he be “Tried” as a person without a mental illness and do the time he deserved for killing the mother of his “two” children.

Understand that although it was not necessarily premeditated, he obviously had the idea that, when he asked to meet up with his girlfriend to discuss matters, (she had left him for another man), he had made sure the two young children were in the hands of someone else. These are stories many didn’t hear during the media blitz.

I am not in any way condoning what he did, but I also find it strange that people don’t look at two sides of a coin. I will leave it to you to understand what I am saying here.

I wish for him that he finds mental health in the illness. And I do hope that the system will help him, in the end, to come out reformed in the best way possible and hopefully have the opportunity to see his children again.

Our system doesn’t always understand. He was telling me he needed help. He was paranoid about the Children’s Aid Society that visited regularly feeling he could not live up to their expectations. Words I heard. Not many did.

I did write an article and it was published, but since taken off, because during trial none of this was allowed to be available. But by some grace, I actually copied it. And so I share it below…. And sorry, the links don’t work. This was removed. I didn’t mean disrespect to the parents of his girlfriend, but I did want to at least acknowledge what I saw, not only in person but in his handwriting.

MURDER SUSPECT A DOTING DAD: FRIEND – BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER – ONTARIO, CA

June 19, 2011 · in Grapho-Therapy, Handwriting Analysis. ·

Murder suspect a doting dad: friend – Belleville Intelligencer – Ontario, CA.

Murder suspect a doting dad: friend

By W. Brice McVicar

Posted 9 days ago

The man accused of killing his 19-year-old girlfriend is described as a quiet person who expressed concern about financially supporting his family, says a woman who lived in the same building as the couple.

Laurie Campbell, who moved into the apartment building at 324 Victoria Street in Tweed at about the same time as Nathan Williams and Kami Keller, said she was “horrified” when she learned Wednesday that Keller was dead and 22-year-old Williams was being charged with her murder.

Though she moved from Tweed to Mississauga in December, Campbell said she had often talked with Williams who had provided her with computer help.

“I knew him quite well. I was their messaging service. They’d use my phone and he came and helped me fix my computers, I did his resumé and tried to help him find jobs,” she said. “He was just a really nice, polite kid.”

Knowing him in that light in the nine months she lived in the building, Campbell said, only added to the shock of Wednesday’s news.

“I was horrified. It’s surreal. For me, I can’t even believe that that would have happened. They were never a problem,” she said adding the relationship was, however, not without its problems.

“You’ve got a 19-year-old and 22-year-old with two small children … I know he was concerned about having that second child because he was always concerned about being able to provide for them. His kids meant a lot to him. He was a worrywart.”

Keller was less known to Campbell. She said she spoke with Keller “a few times” but much less than Williams.

Campbell, who said she is a certified handwriting analysis through the online University of Handwriting, said she analyzed Williams’ handwriting. She said she realizes some people may shrug it off but “it is a science.”

That analysis, she said, reflected Williams as internalized, very meticulous and took pride in any work he completed.

“Really, it’s a character reference thing,” she said. “When it came to work ethics he shined through all the way, though he was stubborn, he was determined and he had a huge amount of pride.”

Williams has been charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. He remains in Kingston General Hospital, but a request for an update on his condition was answered by OPP with “he remains in hospital.”

As the provincial Special Investigations Unit is investigating the incident — an officer was wounded, it’s believed by a knife — police are not talking about the specifics of the incident, including how many times Williams was shot by the officer.

bmcvicar@intelligencer.ca

FINAL CONVINCTION:

Man gets life for Tweed murder

By Luke Hendry
More from By Luke HendryPublished on: April 16, 2013 | Last Updated: April 16, 2013 4:33 PM EDT

A “perfect storm for a tragedy” ended Tuesday with a Tweed man sentenced to life in prison for killing his partner and wounding a police officer.

Central Hastings OPP charged Nathan Williams, then 21, with first-degree murder in the June 7, 2011 stabbing death of his partner, Kamilliah “Kami” Keller, 19, and the stabbing of OPP Const. David Haywood.

Williams pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder and aggravated assault, averting a trial in a deal struck by Hastings County assistant Crown attorneys Mike Lunski and Pardeep Bhachu and defense counsel Ed Kafka and Pieter Kort, all of Belleville.

Lawyers and Justice Robert Scott described years of domestic disputes, mental illness and poverty leading up to what Scott called “a senseless death.”

Kafka revealed Williams has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and suffers from psychosis and is medicated for each. The defence did not use mental illness as an excuse for Williams’ crimes. Instead, Kafka raised it in support of his request, granted by Scott, that Williams be recommended for mental health care during his automatic 25-year sentence.

“I think it’s fair,” the victim’s mother, Tammy Keller, said of the sentence.

“I think Mr. Williams did the right thing” by “giving the family a little bit of closure … although we’ll never have complete closure.”

Prosecutor Lunski, reading from an agreed statement of facts, said Williams and Keller met through family in 2008 while living in Durham Region east of Toronto. They moved to Tweed in 2010, living together in a third-floor apartment on Victoria Street North.

Also living there were their son, Gabriel, who was five months old at the time of the murder, and Keller’s older son, Dominic, who was 2.

Lunski said Keller’s family and friends described Williams “as being possessive, controlling and jealous.” Neighbours reported repeated arguments between the couple, escalating after Keller became interested in another man.

On the night of the murder, Lunski said, Williams followed Keller into her eldest son’s bedroom. He closed the door, isolating them, then told her to pick up something on the floor.

“As she did, Mr. Williams thrust the knife into her abdomen … then stabbed Ms. Keller in the neck and torso,” said Lunski. She bled to death.

Williams took the children to the superintendent’s apartment, then tried to kill himself with the knife, police said.

As police arrived, wounded Const. David Haywood in the shoulder. Haywood shot Williams in the shoulder and stomach.

Lunski said Williams “dropped to the floor and said, ‘Thank you.’”

Kafka told Scott Williams had tried only to get police to kill him and did not mean to stab Haywood.

The lawyer said the couple’s relationship was marred by their poverty, domestic problems, a lack of help from community agencies, his client’s mental illness and “compounded by the fact of children having children.”

“These are people that needed help and there was no one to help them,” said Kafka. He called it “a perfect storm for a tragedy.”

He also said there was no evidence Williams planned the murder.

Many of Keller’s relatives wore purple – the colour of an anti-domestic violence campaign – while describing her as a proud mother who in recent years had reconnected with her father and whose children are now being raised by Tammy Keller.

“He is a monster,” Jannelle Gales, Kami Keller’s sister, said in a victim impact statement as Williams wept.

“They trusted me to be a provider and a protector,” Williams told the court. “I failed them miserably.

“Never would I have dreamed it could have been me.”

He said he may “never see the light of day again.

“I will spend each of those days remembering her … and never forget that day,” said Williams.

“They only way I can understand it is perhaps through the mental illness component,” Scott said of the murder.

He told Keller’s family that while he agreed with the Crown and defence submission for parole eligibility in 15 years, it did not mean Williams would be released after that period.

Scott also commended Haywood for stopping Williams without killing him.

He banned Williams for life from possessing weapons and ordered him to provide a DNA sample for the national criminal DNA databank. He also denied a defence request to allow Williams to have contact with his son.

luke.hendry@sunmedia.ca

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