ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Ken and Barbie Killers: Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo

Updated on April 5, 2016
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Source

In 1990, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 20-year-old Karla Homolka was engaged to handsome, successful accountant Paul Bernardo. There was just one problem: Paul couldn’t get over the fact that Karla was not a virgin. And Paul was insistent that she do something to compensate for the shortcoming.

Tammy Lyn Homolka was Karla’s 15-year-old sister. Still a virgin, she seemed the perfect peace offering for Paul.

Karla worked in a veterinarian’s office and was familiar with the drug Halcion, which they used to induce unconsciousness in their animal patients and she felt certain she could administer it to her sister. Paul would be able to have sex with her and Tammy would never know what happened.

On Christmas Eve, Paul and Karla celebrated the holiday with the Homolka family; all the while lacing Tammy’s food and drink with Halcion. The drug soon took affect and Tammy fell asleep on the couch. When the rest of the family went upstairs to bed, Paul and Karla set about making Paul’s fantasies come true. As Paul raped Tammy, Karla held a drug soaked rag over her face to make sure she didn’t wake up while filming the disgusting event.

Tammy Lyn Homolka
Tammy Lyn Homolka | Source

Suddenly Tammy, full from the dining festivities, began to vomit. Realizing this, Karla held her sister upside down – just as they did with patients at the animal clinic. Despite her efforts, Tammy choked on her own vomit and died. Paul and Karla hid the drugs, video camera, and other evidence of their crime before calling for emergency aid.

Long before Tammy died, Paul had been raping women. At one point after they began dating, he asked Karla what she would think about him if he were a rapist, to which she replied she’d think it was cool. So The Scarsborough Rapist carried on with his crimes, now often accompanied by a videotaping female. Police had good descriptions from victims and semen left behind by the rapist, they just couldn’t identify their man.

On June 15, 1991, Paul was in the process of stealing license plates when he met 14-year-old Leslie Erin Mahaffy, as she stood in front of her Burlington home contemplating what to do about being locked out of the house after missing curfew. Paul forced the young teenager into his car and drove her to the home he and Karla shared. There he stripped Leslie naked, blindfolded her, and, along with Karla, sexually assault the girl for the next 24 hours. As usual, the couple videotaped their indiscretions, including a scene in which Homolka “pretties” herself for the camera.

When the new wore off, they killed Leslie (Karla claiming Paul strangled her, Paul saying Karla killed her with a drug overdose), cut up her body, encased the parts in cement, and dumped their victim into Lake Gibson.

As the date of the wedding drew closer, Paul had doubts about marrying Karla but on June 29, 1991, the couple was wed in a fairy tale wedding that spared no expense at Niagara-on-the-Lake. As the couple rode away in a horse-drawn carriage, a couple canoeing on the lake at the edge of St. Catharine’s discovered Leslie’s dismembered body.

Shortly after returning from their honeymoon, Karla dined with an underage teenage friend. Knowing the girl was a virgin, Karla plied her drinks laced with Halcion and, once they took effect, took her home to Paul as a wedding gift. The next morning, the unidentified girl woke up with no memory of the evening before or of having met Paul until that morning.

Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo
Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo | Source

In January 1993, Karla, at the urging of her parents and while sporting two black eyes, filed assault charges against Paul. In February 1993, the laboratory test results were finally returned and police learned that Paul Bernando, despite their misgivings, was indeed The Scarsborough Rapist. Shortly thereafter, Paul was arrested on the rapes and for the murders of Mahaffy and French.

Karla was terrified and assuaged her fears with painkillers and alcohol. And she lawyered-up. It served little good, however, when a search warrant produced a written diary kept by Paul in which he thoroughly described each event as well as the video library of the crimes.

A plea bargain was made with Karla in exchange for her testimony against Paul in which she was to only serve 12 years was heavily criticized by the public as a “Deal with the Devil.” She was paroled, under heavy restriction, on July 4, 2005, and moved to Quebec. In February 2007, she gave birth to a baby boy and a year later moved to the West Indies with her new husband, Thierry Bordelais, where she claimed her son could “live a normal life.”

On September 15, 1995, Paul Bernardo was sentenced to life in prison. In December 1995, her was declared a dangerous offender, meaning he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

© 2016 Kim Bryan

Share Your Thoughts on Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)