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Hi friends, how are you today? I hope you're having a wonderful day so far. My name is Bailey Sarian and today is Monday, which means it's Murder, Mystery, and Makeup Monday. (Bailey hums) If you are new here, hi. My name is Bailey Sarian, and on Mondays I sit down and I talk about a true crime story that's been heavy on my noggin, and I do my makeup at the same time. If you're interested in true crime and you like makeup, I would highly suggest you hit that subscribe button 'cause I'm here for you on Mondays. Last week we talked about the Mullis farm. Do you remember? Oh my gosh, you guys.
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I don't really like to go into graphic detail in my stories, if you haven't noticed. I just kinda like, vaguely mention things. It's just heavy, it's very, very heavy.
I think a lot of times we just wanna hear the story and not necessarily hear all the gruesome details, but with this story it's almost like you can't avoid some of the details, so I apologize in advance for how intense it is, but it just kinda involves everything. This story has been highly recommended since day one and I've been avoiding it just because I felt like, eh its been talked about a million trillion times, like what else can I add to it? But you know I'm doing it for you guys because you've been asking, and honestly I had this story so wrong. I thought I knew this story. Turns out I did not. Nay nay. I think I've been rambling enough. If you're ever curious to know what I'm using, I do list it down in the description box. Other than that I will shush my little mouth and let's get into today's story.
Today we're talking about Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. Karla was 17 years and a high school student. She had a part time job working at a local pet shop when she first met Paul Bernardo.
At this time Paul Bernardo was 23 years old, and attending the University of Toronto, and he was studying to become an accountant. Now it was said that he was doing well in school and he was on his way to graduate. October 17th 1987, Karla was attending a pet food convention in Scarborough, Scarborough, Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. So mm hmm. So Karla is working at this convention, they're doing like, pet food stuff ooh. And as the night ended she and a coworker went down to the hotel restaurant to grab some food. So the two of them, they're eating, they're sitting, you know? And then that's when Paul Bernardo walks into the restaurant. Now Karla and Paul, they made eye contact, like when he walked in, and they say or it was said, that it was just an instant connection.
Lust at first sight. Paul was over six feet tall, he was said to be an extremely good looking guy, he was quite charming, he approached Karla, and the two started chatting it up. Now the two of them, they just clicked, and the coworker that was with Karla was like, okay well I guess I'll be going now, you know?
'Cause she saw that they were just hitting it off and she didn't wanna get in the way of that, so she takes off. Now Karla and Paul, they end up sitting there at the restaurant just talking about anything and everything for hours. And when the restaurant closed, that's when the two of them headed up to Karla's hotel room where they involved in some sexual relations. From my understanding the age of consent in Canada is 16 years old, so not illegal, but she's still you know, there's a big age difference, and she's still fairly young, but okay. So Karla you know, she was just believing that Paul was the man of her dreams, and the two made a very good looking couple. Paul also told many of his friends that you know, it was just a match made in heaven, that he had found his soulmate, and how he would do anything for Karla, and Karla would do anything for him. Now Karla, she was the oldest of three daughters, and she was well liked in school, she was pretty, she was somewhat popular, and growing up she lived in St. Catharine's in the providence of Ontario with her family. In school it was said that Karla had many boyfriends and many boys interested in her, but when she met Paul it was all she could talk about with her friends.
You know, he was a much older man, he was in college, and like, she would just brag often to her friends about Paul and they all just thought it was so cool. Now Paul, he was the youngest of three children. It was said that he was a sweet kid and had a charming smile, but that he had a very difficult upbringing or difficult childhood.
His mother was verbally abusive towards him and his siblings. Then when Paul was 16 he found out that the man he called dad was not his biological father. Now this was upsetting and it broke all trust he had with his parents. I don't know because I read different things. Some people say like, it was an accident how he found out, and then some people say like, his mom just randomly like, said it when she was being verbally abusive towards him. Either way it just really affected him. So again around the age of 16, that's when Paul began peeping through the windows of his female neighbors. He would watch them as they undressed, and he would do this like, at any chance he could get. He would watch women through their open windows, so AKA a peeping Tom.
But as he got older peeping through windows just wasn't cutting it for him anymore, and Paul said that his fantasies just started to become darker and darker, and he would dream about taking advantage or just taking control over women, but at that age he wasn't acting on it just yet, but it was like, starting to happen. So yay. So in September of 1983, that's when Paul starts studying at the University of Toronto in Scarbor, Scarborough, come on Bailey, Scarborough.
(Bailey sighs) He's studying there. His friends and the people that knew him, they really liked him, he had again, this charm about him, he could make friends with anyone, and overall everyone just thought, Paul's a great guy, you know? Just, people wanted to be around him. Often Paul was seen as the life of the party and if Paul was at the party then you knew it was like, it was gonna be a good time. Paul did have a few girlfriends throughout college, things would always start really well, it would be like those picture perfect relationship, but then as time went on the relationship or at least the sexual relationship would turn more abusive, violent, and sometimes controlling. And then at that point is when the women would break it off. In the Spring of 1988, a sexual predator was roaming the streets in Scarborough. By May there had been seven different reports made by women to the local police sharing their attacks. The local police, they got on TV, and they were just warning women who were watching, look there's this predator, he's still out on the streets.
They were telling women to not walk around at night alone, to not stay out late unless someone was with them, and just trying their best to warn everybody. Whoever this attacker was would grab women when they were leaving the bus stop at night and were walking alone, some women were attacked when they were on their evening run in the park, they'd be approached from behind, the person would get them behind some bushes or kind of like in a little secluded area, and that's where they would be assaulted. His victims were forced to perform oral, intercourse, sodomy, and were sometimes beaten afterwards.
It was pretty intense and pretty freaking scary. The first reports that were made about this predator were just, not that this is like, not as bad, it's still bad, but it was just about a man groping the victims, but then after about a year went by with still no suspect in custody, the attacks turned more violent. The media gave this person the name the Scarborough R. Everybody in the city was just on high alert. Many statements were made from witnesses and the victims, but the police could not seem to get an accurate description of who this person was because the women had been attacked from behind. They really didn't get a clear shot of their attackers face. All that they could tell was that whoever this guy was, it was a guy for starters, he was young, he was good looking, and he had light colored hair. So that didn't really narrow it down too much, but that's what they had to work with. Now as time went on police were able to collect about a hundred different DNA samples from potential suspects, but so far like, nothing was a match.
That's when the Toronto police had called in an FBI profiler to help create a profile of who this guy was. So the profiler analyzed the police reports and was able to link four more attacks to the Scarboro, Scarborough R****t, I'm so sorry I keep butchering this name, I'm trying my best. But they linked four more attacks to this person, which brought the total to 11 victims.
So the FBI analyst determined that the attacks were anger based and sadistic in nature, which was like a rare combination, but whoever this person was was very dangerous. Now the profiler, they felt that this was a high functioning, intelligent, psychopathic, sexually sadistic offender, and they believed that whoever it was lived in the area. Most likely in a family household, had to be in their early 20's, and had to have violent relationships with women. So again when Paul and Karla first met in the fall of 1987, there had already been three attacks linked to the Scarborough R****t. Now Karla, she never suspected Paul could be the one linked to these crimes because their relationship seemed picture perfect. Paul would show up with flowers, and he would do this pretty often, he would give her gifts at every chance he could, and he just treated her really well, always thinking of Karla, and just expressing how he wanted to just be with her forever and take care of her. Their relationship seemed to move quickly, but they were infatuated with one another and they just couldn't keep their hands off of each other. So they had been dating for over 18 months and Paul would drive over 80 miles to St. Catharine's to visit Karla several times a week.
Now Karla's family, they loved Paul. It was said that they loved Paul. They thought he was a great catch, he was well educated, he was handsome, his life was on the right track.
They didn't mind the age difference between the two, they just thought he was great. That sucks. This is a side note, I think a lot of us have this image of what we think these awful people look like, right? We just think of these monsters, these atrocious beings, right? Like ugh, but we need to get out of our heads that these sickos look like monsters, they don't look like monsters. They're attractive, normal, you would never guess type of people. So yeah, I don't know what to do with that information though because it sounded like there was no red flags with this guy, well yes there was, I think they were being, okay we continue. In the Spring of 1989, Karla graduated from high school and was really now trying to plan what the next chapter in her life was, you know? But when it came to Karla and Paul, like their relationship, it went from Karla telling her friends that you know, everything was great and perfect to now Karla telling her friends that Paul was becoming verbally abusive towards her.
But soon after they would have an argument, Karla would forgive Paul and apologize for his wrongdoings, he would maybe show up with a gift to show he was sorry and then they would just move on. Yeah, so things just kind of were changing. In December on 1989, Paul and Karla, they went on a romantic getaway to the Niagara Falls, and that is where Paul got on one knee, and purposed to Karla and she said yes.
So Karla went back home like, all excited you know, and told her parents like, that they're engaged, and the parents were thrilled 'cause now they're gonna have Paul like, their son-in-law. And he was such a dream to them at that time. So Paul and Karla decided to set their wedding date for the Spring of 1991. On May 29th 1990, police released a sketch of what they believe the Scarborough R****t looked like to the public. Now when the sketch was released it was on the front pages of the papers and so everybody was seeing it, right? So friends of Paul Bernardo were like, hey have you seen this? Like it kinda looks like Paul a little bit, if you squint that guy looks like Paul. With this information, one of Paul's best friends actually contacted Toronto police and said that the drawing looked just like his friend Paul Bernardo, so they make a note of this. And then by November of 1990, so a couple months go by, there were several people who had contacted police saying that the sketch looked just like Paul Bernardo.
So with this information the police find Paul, they bring him in for questioning, and then they ask if they can get a DNA sample from him, which Paul willingly gave them. The DNA was sent over to be tested, but at this time they had hundreds upon hundreds of DNA samples waiting to be tested. So it sat on a shelf with all the other ones just waiting for its turn.
A very, very unfortunate move. Now it was said that at this time DNA testing was still somewhat new and the technology was just a lot slower than it is today. So going through all of the DNA was gonna take some time and it did take some ******* time. Way too much time. So after Paul was questioned, I don't know if he got freaked out or he just didn't care, but he decided to move from Scarborough to St. Catharine's to live with Karla and her family. Now they thought, Karla and Paul thought, it would be best to move in with Karla's family because then they could save money, and then once they had enough money they could get a place of their own. But it was kinda funny because after Paul moved, all of the sudden all the crime stopped happening in Scarborough and seemed to pick up around St. Catharine's, hm.
The family really did not think Paul could be related to these crimes in any way. They just really adored him, especially Karla's younger sister, 15 year old Tammy. She looked up to Paul as like, the older brother she never had.
Paul was developing very dark urges towards Karla's younger sister Tammy. It was said that you know, he would watch her undress from time to time all creepily when she was unaware. So Paul gave into his urges and he told Karla that he really wanted something that Karla couldn't give him, and that thing was a virgin. He made Karla feel bad because you know, she wasn't a virgin, but the closest thing to Karla's virginity would be her younger sister Tammy's virginity. So Paul pressured Karla to let him have her virginity and Karla said that she wanted to please Paul or he would leave her. So she and Paul came up with a plan to drug her younger sister, so Paul could have s*x with her. Yeah, yep, yeah. I told you this story is disturbing, okay? Now this would be Karla's Christmas present to Paul.
mmkay. So December 23rd 1990, Karla's family went to bed, but Karla and Paul, they asked Tammy to stay up, and they could sneak some alcoholic beverages together while everyone was asleep. So Karla made the drinks for everybody, she would end up crushing up pills to put in Tammy's drink.
Now at this time Karla was working at a veterinarian clinic and she stole animal tranquilizers from there to use on Tammy. Now these pills would knock anyone out and Karla thought like, it would be best to use these to keep her sister asleep while Paul raped her. Karla also soaked a rag in halothane, which is a general anesthetic. She held it over her sisters face while Paul r***d her. They also busted out a video camera and recorded the entire thing you know, for Christmas memories. Sick. Now when Paul was done he told Karla, it's your turn, your turn to assault your sister, which she did and they also recorded on tape. Now soon after, Tammy began to vomit, and then she started to choke. So Paul and Karla, they're kinda freaking out, they quickly dress her, they hide the camera, and then they call an ambulance.
So when the paramedics arrive, Paul and Karla told them that they tried to revive Tammy after she passed out from drinking, but like, they don't know. Tammy ended up being taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead. So one of the doctors that was examining Tammy noticed a burn around her mouth where Karla was holding the halothane soaked rag.
She had like, a burn around her mouth. Karla and Paul said that it was rug burn on her face, when they pulled her they pulled her off the bed onto the floor, they were trying to revive her, she got rug burn on her face and like, that was a good enough answer for them. It was concluded that Tammy died of natural causes at 15, she died of natural causes, so that makes sense. Karla's parents were devastated, but they honestly thought that her death was just a tragic accident. Teenagers you know, they just experiment with drugs and alcohol so like, Tammy must of just been experimenting and she just took it too far. And it was like, nothing more than that, which is just awful, it's so sad. So a month goes by, Karla and Paul have saved enough money to get their own place. It's a two story home in Port Dalhousie. It's a small town near St.
Catharine's. It's a cute little house too. Well it's since been knocked down, but it was a cute house that they just ruined.
So when the two moved into their own place it's said that's when Paul's abuse really went up a notch. He would jokingly tell Karla that he was the Scarborough R****t, and went from just being verbally abusive, which is still awful, to now physically abusive towards Karla. Now when Karla would tell Paul that she was leaving him or she wanted to leave, he would threaten her, saying that he was gonna go to police and tell them about her involvements in Tammy's death, you know? And he had the videotapes to prove it, so if he was gonna down she was gonna go down too. Karla said that she felt like she really couldn't leave. June 15th 1991, two weeks before Karla and Paul's wedding, Paul came home with a surprise for Karla. Now you would think like, flowers or something, but no, course not. Paul came home with a 14 year old girl named Leslie Mahaffy. Paul said that Leslie was in her own backyard, and he pulled up in his car, he offered the girl a cigarette, which was back in his car, and when she approached the car, she got in and then he kidnapped her.
Karla and Paul ended up holding her captive in their home, assaulting her repeatedly, all while recording the attacks on videotape. So after holding her captive for about 24 hours, the couple ended up strangling her, then dismembering her body. They took different parts of her body and they like, mixed it in with concrete blocks, then they dumped it into the local lake, Lake Gibson, they dumped it in there.
On July 29th 1991, Karla and Paul, that's when they got married in a ceremony with over 100 friends and family around to celebrate their special day, but on that very same day a fisherman came across some of the body parts of the 14 year old victim Leslie Mahaffy in the lake. It was all over the news. People were just like, in the community were just horrified. Like it was, it's, I mean it is like, such a brutal what the heck. So it was just everywhere. So over the next year police looked for any clues into who the teenagers killer could be, and that's when they brought in the same FBI profiler from the Scarborough R****t case. Now at the time the FBI profiler, he said he had no, he had no reason to connect the two cases, which sounds absolutely ridiculous, but he didn't. So there was no connection being made between the two and they didn't really have any leads either. So time went on and you know, Paul and Karla's life continued as newlyweds, but of course like, Paul was just probably, I don't really know 'cause you know, I don't know, but I'm assuming he was probably getting cocky because he's like getting away with this and he's just wanting more, he's wanting more 'cause he feels like he could get away with it because he is getting away with it.
So Paul asked Karla to get in touch with some of her sister Tammy's best friends. He was like, hey get them on the phone, invite them over, have them come over to the house where then we can drug them the same way that we did to Tammy. So over the next year Karla actually was able to get several young women to go over to, not even young women, young girls, to come over to the home and hang out where they would then drug and sexually assault them.
Now these victims would survive their attacks. They would wake up the next day having no memory of the night before or of the assaults. Some of these attacks were also caught on videotape or they videotaped it, and it was kept in Paul's growing collection. April 16th 1992, Paul and Karla went on a drive, on an afternoon cruise, but only with the intention of bringing home a new sex slave to keep. That's when they spotted 15 year old Kristen French. She was walking home from school, they drive past her, and they pull into a church parking lot, like it was a little ways ahead of her, and then they were just waiting for her to walk by. Karla was sitting in the passenger seat, and she called out to Kristen asking like, hey can you help us with directions because like we're lost? And Karla was holding a map, so it just, it seemed legit. She walks up the car and then that's when Kristen was shoved into the car and the couple drove off heading back to their house.
Now it wasn't long until Kristen was reported missing and then many witnesses came forward saying that they saw Kristen in the church parking lot and she was talking to a car that had two people inside of it. The witnesses also reported seeing them drive away in a beige Camaro. So now that they had a description of the car, police started searching heavily for a beige Camaro.
Now there were tons of billboards put up or posted around saying, have you seen this car? Have you seen this car?! And then on the billboard there was a picture of the beige Camaro, but what they didn't know was that the eye witness reports were actually incorrect. Paul actually drove a gold colored Nissan, not a Camaro. I could see the confusion, how that could happen, but it still wasted a lot of time because they were looking for a beige Camaro and you know, it wasn't a Camaro, it was a Nissan. So the media started linking the disappearance of Kristen French to the murder of Leslie Mahaffy. They were just like, hey these things gotta be linked, right? Now the FBI profiler, I'm laughing because like, you just think he woulda made this connection, but he didn't. The FBI profiler described the suspect as being a white male, in their late 20's, probably have a history of sexually violent crimes, a history of domestic violence, someone who was most likely violent in their personal relationships, kind of like the Scarborough R****t, but still no connection was being made.
Paul and Karla ended up keeping Kristen French for several days. They videotaped her assaults, just to add to their growing collection, and then when Paul was satisfied, that's when they strangled and they killed her. On April 30th 1992, Kristen's body was found more than 30 miles away in Burlington, and it was left in a ditch not far from the local cemetery.
Just all around awful. And then in January of 1993, Paul ended up beating Karla up like so bad, to the point that she went to the local emergency room to receive treatment. Paul had attacked her with a torch, and he ended up giving her two really bad like, black eyes, a broken rib, and severe bruising. After two years of marriage it was at this point that Karla decided to leave Paul. Now around this same time finally, Paul's DNA was being submitted and tested for the Scarborough Rapist case. His DNA was positively identified as the man responsible for these attacks. So police finally are connecting the two, the murders in St. Catharine's. They finally had their person.
So before going straight to Paul, police actually, they reach out to Karla, and they wanted to like, create a wedge in the relationship knowing that they could probably get more information from Karla. Now Karla thought that she was being called in to be questioned about the domestic assault, but after the interview with police, Karla went back to her family home, and she ended up breaking down, she confessed to everything. Karla was afraid that the police, they already knew what she was involved with or at least the police were close to uncovering the truth, and she wanted to tell her parents before you know, s**t hit the fan.
I'm sure her parents were like, devastated. I mean, I don't even know, I don't even know, but her parents suggested that she hire a lawyer, which Karla ended up doing. So she told her lawyer that Paul was indeed the Scarborough R****t, and also admitted to being involved in the two local murders, and the death of her own sister. Karla would end up agreeing to testify against Paul in court in exchange for a reduced sentence for herself. So police end up agreeing to this, and then Karla sits down with police, and gives them a full confession. The great debate around this, well there's a lot of great debates around this story, but one of them is like, Karla's involvement, okay? She told police you know, that she was a victim and stuff, and Paul like, forced her to do this and what not. I saw clips of her being questioned by police and let me just say, I think she like knew, she's a little smarter than she let on. Because when she goes to like, be questioned by police, first of all, she's dressed like a very innocent little school girl, okay which is fine, like that's fine, but that's not normally how she would dress.
Okay so she was trying to play up this like, I'm so innocent thing, and then she would answer all of her questions just very like, very innocent. She'd be like, "then he chopped her up, and I just was so scared, yeah so I was just there."I Like that's how she talks the whole time. Okay so after Paul gets arrested, which I'm kinda jumping here, but Paul gets arrested.
And then they ask Karla to go around their house to show like, where Paul did things at, describe in detail where things took place. I'm not kidding, she takes them into the bathroom, the police and all them, and she's like, "this is where we put her, and then we bathed her in the bathtub, and then we dismembered her," and then she turns around to like where the kitchen, not the kitchen, the bathroom sink and all that's at, and she's like, "can I ask you guys something? Where did all of my perfumes go? I had a bunch of perfume samples in here and I'm just wondering where they all went because the detectives took everything and I don't know where my stuff went." And you're just like... girl read the room. You just talked about dismembering a girl and you're wondering where your perfumes at? Like it just like, okay. And then she doesn't really show a lot of emotion, but then the moment she talks about one of the victims came over, Paul like, took out really expensive champagne flutes, is that what they're called? Like the glasses that you put in champagne.
And you could just see all of a sudden she just, her emotion comes out over these glasses that Paul decided to use to drug the girls with. So she was like, "those glasses, they were from France, and they were very expensive, and we never use them, they were only for a special occasion, and I was so mad and like", she's getting all worked up over Paul's choice of glasses that he used and that's one of the only times you see her like, getting worked up over something and you're like, okay girl. This doesn't make no, okay, okay.
And then like, it just keeps happening 'cause then she's like, describing again like, what happened and then she's like, "can I ask you something? Do you know where all of my furniture went? because they just came and they took all of the furniture, and I'm just wondering where they went with my furniture, can I get it back?" Do you not understand like, what's happening right now? Like, hello? And then another one, they were in like the basement, she sees a book on the ground and she goes, "excuse me can I have this book? Because my sister really wants it, she's been asking about this book, and I'm just wondering if I could take this book." And that's like the only time that you get these little snippets of like, mm, mm hmm, hmm, hmm. So Karla kept telling police that Paul forced her to participate in all of the attacks against her will. Karla also told police that there were videotapes in the house that would have everything they needed because everything was recorded. So she's like, you have to get those tapes, they're in the house.
On February 17th 1993, that's when Paul Bernardo was arrested. They began searching the home, their goal being to find those tapes because that was gonna be their smoking gun. They would end up spending 71 days searching the home, but the police could not locate these videotapes, which Karla claimed showed the attacks.
Now without these tapes they had no direct evidence that linked Paul to the crimes, so they arranged the plea agreement with Karla because they're heavily relying on her to give her testimony, that's what's gonna put Paul behind bars, and in exchange Karla would receive a reduced sentence for her involvement, which this deal was kept secret from the public and that caused a whole upset. On June 28th 1993, Karla appeared in court for her involvement with the crimes, and the court put a publication ban on her trial, which was very unlikely of the courts to do. This caused a huge upset with the media, and the public was angered because their right to know was being denied and like, this was a really, really big case, so people are just trying to figure out what happened. Oh and by the way I forgot to mention like, correct me if I'm wrong here, but from my understanding it was the US who gave them the title the Ken and Barbie Killers, like they would, you know? Because of their good looks. Like oh my god, they're so good looking, how could they be killers?! So Karla was convicted on manslaughter charges and she ended up receiving a 12 year sentence, which again caused a lot of upset. The plea agreement was said to be kept a secret in order to make sure that Paul had a fair trial. So Karla was sent to prison and then on August 2nd 1993, she ended up filing for divorce from Paul.
On May 18th 1995, Paul's trial began. Paul pleaded not guilty on nine charges in connections with the deaths of Leslie and Kristen, including kidnapping, unlawful confinement, aggravated sexual assault, and murder. The prosecutors had presented new evidence during trial that was not known about.
They ended up finding the videotapes in the couples home. I know, it was kinda like a surprise, I don't know where they found it or like where, I don't know, I didn't.. they found it though, I think that's great. Now this was the first time that they had direct evidence against Paul, but also Karla as well. Now these tapes revealed a completely different version of events and they felt that Karla had completely misled authorities because on the tapes, Karla was seen fully participating in the attacks. Had the tapes surfaced sooner or earlier, it most likely would have effected her plea deal. So Paul's team was like, "aw s**t like, they got the tapes" you know? But they're like, "YA Paul is on the tapes, but they never show him murdering anyone!" you know? Paul instead was like, it wasn't me who murdered them, I was not the killer, it was actually Karla who murdered the victims.
On June 19th 1995, Karla testified against Paul, and that's where she stated that she was also a victim to Paul and he was the mastermind behind it all. When Karla was asked about the videotapes, she said that she suffered from battered spouse syndrome and that was her reasoning. Many believe that like, yes she was indeed abused by Paul, but she could not be classified as a person suffering from battered spouse syndrome.
When talking about battered spouse syndrome, they're mainly talking about people who are like, suffering from tremendous psychological abuse, but these tapes showed that Karla was more of an accomplice in the horrible crimes versus a victim. The judge allowed the jurors to watch the videotapes, and only allowed the public to listen to them, but not view it. They didn't wanna put the family through more grief by viewing these tapes because of just how awful they were. Paul's trial lasted months. At the end of it the jury deliberated for five hours. Then on September 1st 1995, 31 year old Paul Bernardo was found guilty of all nine charges against him, including the two murders. Paul was sentenced to life in prison. While Paul is sitting in prison he also confessed to 14 more sexual assaults of women in the Scarborough area, and the judge declared him just a dangerous offender, which will most likely keep him in prison without the chance of parole for the rest of his life. 'Cause he does have a possibility of parole after like, 25 years I believe, but let's hope that he does not get out because it sounds like he would do it again.
Like, come on. So the great debate around this case was if Karla got off way too easily. Many believe that Karla was just as sick, if not more sick than Paul was.
Now whatever was on these tapes showed a completely different side of Karla, but also just a different story. I didn't see them, I don't want to see them, so I didn't look it up, but just based off of what I was hearing from interviews with the police department and stuff and jurors, it was really bad. Karla seemed thrilled to be there. Do you know what I'm saying? Karla's plea deal became known as one of the worst in Canadian history. The following year an investigation was done on the investigation into Paul and Karla's case, as to why they fell through the cracks, and how this could be prevented in the future. I guess since then they have tried to implement a new system for tracking serial predators, improving communication between police departments, and hoping to never have a case like this go unsolved for as long as it did. So then on July 4th 2005, 35 year old Karla was released from prison having served just 12 years behind bars. Now Karla couldn't go back to St.
Catharine's, okay? She was not welcome there. So instead she moved to Montreal and started a new life there.
Karla said that she still had nightmares about the girls and felt great remorse for what she did, and then she also went to the courts in hopes to get a name change, but she was denied the right to changing her name because she is a public figure. So she wasn't allowed to do that. So over the years she remarried and she went on to have three kids of her own. From what I could find as of 2020, it was said that she no longer lives with her children or husband. And there was a period of time where she was like, a volunteer at a primary school and like, that caused obviously a lot of outrage because she was working with kids, young adults, and like, nobody did a background check, and maybe thought that's not a good fit?! It seems like wherever she goes, she's just not welcome anywhere she goes. I mean for a good reason. I personally believe that Karla, yeah she shoulda been locked up for a lot longer. Okay and like even, 'cause okay, so I went to the Museum of Death in Los Angeles, and they have their personal photos there on display.
You can go there and oh it's just, be prepared. You go there and they have all the photos and this was like, before I really even knew much about the case, but this image has been burned into my brain because it's Karla like smiling all big and she's holding up, she's like holding up someones head, and she's like, she just was excited. But yeah I think she shoulda spent a lot more time behind bars.
I mean she killed her own **** sister. What the hell?! I forgot about that. Yeah, girl no. (Bailey screeches) No, no, mm mm, out, out, go. And that my friends is the awful story about Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. Thank you for recommending this awful story, are you happy? I would love to hear your guys thoughts down below. Do you think that Karla should be in prison for a lot longer?
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