By Nate Hendley

The most despised woman in Canada has been found.

“Tanned, slimmer but still wary of strangers, Karla Homolka now has three children and lives in Guadeloupe under the name Leanne Bordelais, says a new book by journalist Paula Todd, who met the notorious former convict at her new home.”

“The book is the first confirmation of previous, sketchier news reports that Ms. Homolka married her lawyer’s brother, gave birth and moved to the French Caribbean island to escape public scrutiny,” reads an article in the June 21, 2012 Globe and Mail.

Homolka is the former wife of Paul Bernardo, convicted Canadian rapist, torturer and killer. While living in St. Catharines, Ontario in the early 1990s, the two of them drugged, assaulted and killed three teenage girls—including Karla’s own sister, Tammy. This on top of a string of rapes Bernardo committed in the Toronto area back in the late 1980s.

When the pair were caught, Homolka claimed she was a battered spouse. Her husband, she said, forced her into depravity. Homolka cut a deal, testified against her husband (who received a life sentence) and served but a few years in jail. Videotape evidence that later came to light revealed Homolka was actually an equal partner in Bernardo’s murderous sexual mayhem. Homolka even provided the anaesthetic drugs (from a veterinary clinic she worked at) that Bernardo used to dope up her younger sister in preparation for a videotaped assault and rape. Tammy died in the process and Homolka assisted with the cover-up.

Homolka was released from prison in 2005 and headed to Quebec, in the hope that the francophone community wouldn’t know who she was. Needless to say, this plan failed miserably. People hated her where ever she went. Homolka tacitly acknowledged the public’s loathing of her by leaving the country.

And now, she’s been found, living a quiet life in the Caribbean, with three young kids.

The Globe article doesn’t offer many details about the new man in her life, Thierry Bordelais, but he’s evidently a forgiving sort. The type of man willing to create three lives with a woman best known for helping her first husband end three.

(Nate Hendley is a Toronto-based author and writer. Click on this link for information on his books)

(Here are my crime books at Amazon, Barnes and NobleGoogle Books, my publisher ABC-CLIO, my publisher Five Rivers and my publisher Lorimer)



7 thoughts on “Karla

  1. Her lawyers brother, eh? Can’t even plead ignorance… I hope her children grow up to despise her sensing the evil entity that she is. The only place she deserves to reside is hell.

  2. She should have been made sterile as part of the bargain!! Can’t believe that woman was allowed to reproduce!!

  3. Your conclusion says it all. What disturbs me is how she got a teaching job, especially around young children. And how will her kids deal with the fact that their mom is a serial killer. There is no justice!

  4. I think I am more curious to hear about Thierry (her husband). What kind of weird denial to you have to live in to hook up with that ? As for finding her, she has been easily located on line for several years as she frequents a variety of discussion sites and runs an online business.

  5. She should have been sterilized – those kids will be threats to society one day. It is impossible for a psychopath to raise psychologically healthy children. Think about it for a minute. Homolka should be dead or in prison & those children should not exist. Damn Canada, you really screwed up this time.

    • Umm, James, you may want to brush up on your biology. Male serial killers can also reproduce. But, nonetheless, I get what you were going after. Female serial killers are more likely, one might presume, to create and foster more dangerous people. Not the ideal parent, by any means.

      However, it certainly isn’t a given that her children will grow up to be monsters, as someone else posted above. See coverage of the daughter of the Happy Faced Killer on the Dr. Phil Show for more info. It’s far more likely that they are in danger themselves.

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