Russell Maurice Johnson (born 1947), also known as The Bedroom Strangler, is a Canadianserial killer and rapist who was convicted of raping and murdering at least three women in London and Guelph in the 1970s, although the total number of victims later turned out to be higher. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and indefinitely confined at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene.
In the span of four years, Johnson, an automotive store clerk and weightlifter who worked for Ford Motor Company of Canada in Talbotville, raped and strangled at least seven women in their apartments in London and Guelph. He would stalk his victims to their apartments, waiting until he thought they were asleep, gaining access to their apartments by scaling the outside walls, sometimes for many stories to enter. There, he attacked them, sometimes watching the women sleep before sexually assaulting and suffocating them. Aside from his murders, he non-fatally assaulted 11 other women in the same area.
- Mary-Catherine Hicks (20)
- Alice Ralston (42)
- Eleanor Hartwick
- Doris Brown (49)
- Diane Beitz (23) – Beitz’s body was found on New Year’s Eve, 1974, by her boyfriend James Britton, with whom she had been engaged to the previous night. She had been strangled with a brassiere and her hands tied behind her back with a nylon stocking. She had been raped after death. The Guelph police offered a $5,000 reward for any clues leading to the discovery of her killer, while also searching for a dark-coloured, four-door Buick automobile seen parked at the rear of the apartment building in the early morning. At the time of her murder, Johnson was visiting his father in Guelph, and knew of Beitz because his ex-wife used to live in the same apartment building.
- Louella Jeanne George (23) – George was killed in April 1977, after Johnson climbed to her fourth-floor apartment balcony and barged in, raping and killing her on the spot.
- Donna Veldboom (22) – Veldbloom, who lived in the apartment above Johnson’s, was strangled to death in July 1977.