Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka
This case is interesting for many reasons. First of course is the fact that one of the first victims was Karla’s younger sister and that it’s a husband/wife team. Then came the trial and the media publication ban. Although it was originally said that the ban on publication of details of the case was to protect Bernardo’s right to a fair trial, the Crown would later reveal, in a memo from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, that it was really to protect the families. Facts were being twisted. Some would take facts and information from other serial killers and would make it part of the Bernardo/Homolka case. Time to try and seperate fact from fiction.Karla and Paul are considered the “Ken” and “Barbie” of serial killers. The young Canadian couple appeared to be the perfect couple but like most serial killers, behind closed doors were secrets and gruesome tales.
Like many previous serial killers, Paul grew up in a highly dysfunctional family. His father was a Peeping Tom who molested his own daughter. He grew up to appear to be a normal young man but inside hid a monster. Everyone thought he was an accountant but he actually made his money by doing some small time smuggling.
When he met Karla it was a match made in Hell. She was eager to please her new man and encouraging as well. Paul later on expressed the fact that he wanted to take away Karla’s younger sisters virginity. Oddly enough, Karla basicly jumped at the chance to help him. She stole animal sedative from the clinic she worked at and on December 23rd, 1990 their violent history together started. After Christmas dinner, the pair drugged the 15 year old and then raped her in the basement. Karla even held a halothane soaked rag over her sisters mouth to make sure she stayed unconscious. During the attack, the sister threw up and choked on her vomit which caused her death. Somehow this death was called “accidental.”
Between June of 1991 and April of 1992, the couple snatched three more teenaged girls. Karla and Paul would take turns raping and torturing the girls. In an idiotic move, they would video tape their crimes. When they finished, they would dump the bodies in a lake or ditch. While all of this was going on, Paul began raping women on his own, with Karla’s encouragement of course. When he started to abuse Karla though, she turned on him. He was already under suspicion as the “Scarborough Rapist” and now murder charges were added.
Paul Bernado was sent to prision for life, while Karla was given a lighter sentence. In fact, Karla was released from prison on July 4th, 2005. How ironic that on a day that here in the United States we celebrate our freedom, a women who took that away from others was set free.
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