Albert Johnson Walker
|Other names||David W. Davis, Ronald Joseph Platt, The Rolex Killer|
|Occupation(s)||Financial planner, mortgage broker|
|Criminal status||In prison|
|Criminal charge||Murder, theft, fraud|
|Penalty||Life imprisonment, 4 years|
Albert Johnson Walker (born 1946), also known as "The Rolex Killer" (before being caught),  is a Canadian criminal serving a prison term for embezzlement and murder. He is known for murdering an Englishman whose identity he had been assuming, and for posing for years as though his daughter was his wife.
Originally from Paris, Ontario, Walker was a high school drop-out. After doing numerous odd jobs, he was eventually hired as a bank teller for a trust company. He also started filing other people's income tax returns. Walker quit his job at the trust company some two years later to establish his own freelance bookkeeping business, "Walker Financial Services Incorporated."
In over a decade, Walker Financial grew into a six-branch operation with about thirty employees. In 1986, a stock deal that Walker had invested in collapsed. As a mortgage broker and financier, Walker defrauded about 70 Canadian clients of $3.2 million. In 1990, he fled to Europe with the second of his three daughters. In 1993, Walker was charged in Canada with 18 counts of fraud, theft and money laundering. Over a period of time, Walker became Canada's most wanted criminal and the second most wanted by Interpol.
Walker eventually made his way to Harrogate in North Yorkshire where he lived with his daughter, who was posing as his wife. During this time, that daughter had two children, the paternity of whom has not been revealed. He changed his name to David Davis and began a business career with television repairman Ronald Joseph Platt. Platt, raised in Canada, wished to return to his home country. Walker bankrolled this trip, but claimed he needed Platt's driver's licence, signature stamp and birth certificate for the business. When Platt left for Canada in 1992, initially with the intent of permanently settling there, Walker assumed his identity.
Platt was out of money and returned to England in 1995. Walker took Platt out on a fishing trip 20 July 1996 where he murdered him, weighed him down with an anchor, and dumped his body in the sea. Two weeks later the body was discovered in the English Channel by fisherman John Copik  with a Rolex wristwatch being the only identifiable object on the body.  Since the Rolex movement had a serial number and was engraved with special markings every time it was serviced, British police traced the service records from Rolex. Ronald Joseph Platt was identified as the owner of the watch and the victim of the murder. In addition British police were able to determine the date of death by examining the date on the watch calendar and since the Rolex movement had a reserve of two to three days of operation when inactive and it was fully waterproof, they were able to determine the time of death within a small margin of error.   Walker was apprehended shortly thereafter.
In the spring of 1998, Walker's preliminary hearing was held in the village courtroom in Teignmouth, England. On 27 April 1998, Walker pleaded not guilty in his murder trial in the English city of Exeter. He was found guilty in 1998 and received an automatic life sentence for murder. Had Walker not been convicted, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office would have transferred him back to Canada to face his fraud charges.
On 22 February 2005, The Globe and Mail reported that Walker would be transferred to a Canadian prison, where he faced additional charges of fraud, theft and money laundering. 
On 23 July 2007, Walker was sentenced in Kingston, Ontario, to four years for fraud and one year concurrent for violations of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada). He started serving his life sentence in Canada at Kingston Penitentiary.  When that prison was permanently closed in 2013 he was transferred to a prison in the Canadian province of British Columbia.  
In 1998 a book detailing the story of Albert Walker, A Hand in the Water: The Many Lies of Albert Walker, by award-winning Toronto Star journalist Bill Schiller, was published by HarperCollins.
Also in 1998, a second book detailing Walker's story, Nothing Sacred: The Many Lives and Betrayals of Albert Walker, by award-winning Toronto Sun journalist Alan Cairns, was published by McClelland-Bantam, Inc.
A made-for-TV movie AKA Albert Walker documenting Walker's crimes and eventual arrest was released in 2002.
In 2002, Walker's wife, Barb (née MacDonald), authored a book entitled Dancing Devil - My Twenty Years with Albert Walker, detailing her life with Walker leading up to his departure from Canada.
A documentary detailing the crime called Interpol Investigates - Body Double was made by National Geographic.
A Forensic Files episode titled "Time Will Tell" details Ronald Platt's murder investigation and Albert Walker's capture.
A theatrical play by Peter Colley, Stolen Lives, The Albert Walker Story, performed at the Blyth Festival in Blyth, Ontario in 2000.
The background behind Walker's arrest in England was featured in an episode called "The (Almost) Perfect Murder" in the documentary series Real Crime .
In 2010 British soap opera Coronation Street aired a storyline that bore a striking resemblance to the Albert Walker/Ronald Platt murder, in which character John Stape, after being struck off the Teaching Register for kidnapping a school girl, steals the identity of a former colleague, Colin Fishwick, to once again gain employment as a teacher. Fishwick had emigrated to Canada, allowing Stape to freely assume his identity. But Fishwick chose to return to the UK, uncovering Stape's deception and ultimately dying during a confrontation with Stape. Although Stape was not directly responsible for Fishwick's death (Fishwick had been beaten savagely by another man just days before their confrontation and had succumbed to his injuries), Stape chose not to report the death. He knew he could easily be shown to have a motive for murdering Fishwick and buried his body in a construction site instead.
Sante Kimes was an American criminal who was convicted of two murders, as well as robbery, forgery, violation of anti-slavery laws, and numerous other crimes. Many of these crimes were committed with the assistance of her son, Kenny Kimes. They were tried and convicted together for the murder of Irene Silverman, along with 117 other charges.
Rolex SA is a British-founded Swiss watch designer and manufacturer based in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1905 as Wilsdorf and Davis by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, the company registered Rolex as the brand name of its watches in 1908 and became Rolex Watch Co. Ltd. in 1915. After World War I, the company moved its base of operations to Geneva because of the unfavorable economy in the United Kingdom. In 1920, Hans Wilsdorf registered Montres Rolex SA in Geneva as the new company name ; it later became Rolex SA. Since 1960, the company has been owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, a private family trust.
John George Haigh, commonly known as the Acid Bath Murderer, was an English serial killer convicted for the murder of six people, although he claimed to have killed nine. Haigh battered to death or shot his victims and disposed of their bodies using sulphuric acid before forging their signatures so he could sell their possessions and collect large sums of money. His actions were the subject of the television film A Is for Acid.
Pedro Alonso López, also known as The Monster of the Andes, is a Colombian serial killer, child rapist, and fugitive who murdered a minimum of 110 people, mostly young women and girls, from 1969 to 1980. López claimed to have murdered over 300 victims across Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.
Charles Sobhraj is a serial killer, fraudster, and thief, who preyed on Western tourists travelling on the hippie trail of South Asia during the 1970s. He was known as the Bikini Killer because of the attire of several of his victims, as well as the Splitting Killer and the Serpent for "his snake-like ability to avoid detection by authorities".
Colin Ireland was a British serial killer known as the Gay Slayer because his victims were gay. Criminologist David Wilson believes that Ireland was a psychopath.
Judias V. "Judy" Buenoano was an American serial killer who was executed for the 1971 murder of her husband James Goodyear. She was also convicted for the 1980 murder of her son Michael Buenoano and of the 1983 attempted murder of her boyfriend John Gentry. Buenoano is also acknowledged to have been responsible for the 1978 death of her boyfriend Bobby Joe Morris in Colorado; however, by the time authorities made the connection between Buenoano and Morris, she had already been sentenced to death in the state of Florida.
Wayne Clifford Boden was a Canadian serial killer and rapist active between 1969 and 1971. Boden killed four women, three in Montreal and one in Calgary, earning the nickname The Vampire Rapist for biting the breasts of his victims, and received four life sentences. Boden's was the first murder conviction in North America due to forensic odontological evidence.
Ronald Joseph Dominique, known as The Bayou Strangler, is an American serial killer and rapist who murdered at least 23 men and boys in the state of Louisiana between 1997 and 2006. On September 23, 2008, Dominique was found guilty and sentenced to several terms of life imprisonment without parole for his crimes. Following his conviction, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated that Dominique's was the most significant serial homicide case in the country over the past two decades in terms of both death toll and duration.
Andrew Walker was a British Army corporal in the Royal Scots who murdered three colleagues in a payroll robbery in the Pentland Hills, south of Edinburgh, in January 1985. After he was convicted, Walker was sentenced to 27 years imprisonment, but was released in 2011.
John Martin was an English spree killer who murdered three tourists—Gerard Lowe in Singapore, and Sheila and Darin Damude in Thailand—with another three unconfirmed victims. He posed as a tourist himself when committing the murders. He cut up all his victims' bodies, using butchery skills he had acquired in prison, before disposing of them.
The Ozone Park Boys, also known as "Liberty Posse" and "The Young Guns", are a Gambino crime family Mafia crew based in Ozone Park, Queens. They are infamous for their massive number of crimes, including an illegal $30 million-a-year sports gambling enterprise.
John Stape is a fictional character from the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, played by actor Graeme Hawley. He made his first on-screen appearance during the episode airing on 6 May 2007. The character departed on 3 June 2011 after four years on the show. Hawley made a short return to Coronation Street from 21 October 2011 until 28 October 2011 when he was killed off.
Sidney Charles Cooke is an English convicted child molester and suspected serial killer serving two life sentences. He was the leader of a paedophile ring suspected of murdering up to twenty young boys in the 1970s and 1980s. Cooke and other members of the ring were convicted of three killings in total, although he was only convicted of one himself.
Melissa Ann Shepard, also known as Melissa Ann Weeks, Melissa Ann Friedrich, Melissa Ann Shephard and Melissa Ann Stewart, sometimes given the sobriquet of Internet Black Widow, is a Canadian murderer and habitual offender. Friedrich has been convicted of manslaughter in the death of one of her husbands, convicted of poisoning another, and convicted of numerous fraud offenses.
Aimé Simard was a Canadian outlaw biker and hitman, he was a member of the Montreal Rockers Motorcycle Club, a support club for the Hells Angels. He operated on the side as a contract killer, working for the Hells Angels and other organized crime groups in Canada. He would later turn crown witness and inform on his club. The Rockers operated from 1992-Mid 2000s out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The Goat is a public house in Kensington, London, at 3a Kensington High Street, which dates back to 1695. It is where the English serial killer John George Haigh, the "Acid Bath Murderer", met his first victim.
Ronald Hinton is an American serial killer who, between 1996 and 1999, raped and strangled to death three women in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago in Illinois. In two of the cases, Hinton worked with accomplices. He pleaded guilty to each murder in 2004 to avoid a death sentence and was subsequently handed down three life terms.