Thursday, June 21, 2012


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Karla Homolka gives an interview to Radio Canada in 2005. A new ebook says Karla Homolka is now a mother of three living in the Caribbean

The cover of the e-book.

TORONTO — A new ebook says Karla Homolka is now a mother of three living in the Caribbean.

The publishers of Finding Karla say the 46-page book by journalist Paula Todd details Homolka's new life as a wife and mother.

A news release about the book says Todd, following an obscure lead, boarded a plane to the island of Guadeloupe this spring.

She subsequently tracked down Homolka and spent an hour in the convicted killer's apartment.

Todd explains the initial moment of finding Homolka as a second of shocking recognition.

"There, bent over the sink, is a petite woman with light hair. She turns her face sideways to see who's arriving. Then she freezes," Todd wrote. "We reach into each other's eyes at the same moment. A wave of amazement sweeps over me: I'm staring straight into the face of Canada's most notorious female serial killer."

When explaining the set up Homolka shares with her husband, Thierry Bordelais, says that it isn't either the "posh retreat by the sea" many suggested or a "den of sexual torture," but a fairly normal looking apartment, though she can't determine how either the convicted killer or her husband are employed.

Homolka's first reaction after being confronted is to ask "Why would I talk to you? I have everything to lose, you have nothing."

Despite the hostility, Homolka eventually talks with Todd about her current life and her three children. Todd gives the impression that despite everything, Homolka seems to care deeply for the children, though Homolka is dismissive of Todd's assertion saying "That's funny that you think you can judge that after seeing me this short time."

In the end, as per the agreement to get the interview, Todd gives Homolka the documents she used to find the apartment so that the convicted killer could clean up her trail.

The ebook is published by the Canadian Writers Group and is available on Kindle Singles, Kobo, iBooks and Nook for $2.99.

In the early 1990s, Homolka and her then-husband, Paul Bernardo, were convicted of crimes related to the rape and murder of two teenage girls.

Homolka struck a deal with prosecutors in 1993 to serve 12 years in prison for manslaughter.

Little is known about her life since she was released from prison in 2005, as the only major contact she has had to the media since her release was an interview given to Radio Canada the next summer which was entirely in French.

Since then, there have been many rumours about her whereabouts, including that she was living in the Caribbean and in a relationship with a man named Thierry Bordelais.

Many reports tied her to infamous alleged killer Luka Rocco Magnotta, though it's unclear if he ever had any specific connection to her or if the reports were part of a broader campaign of self aggrandizement from Magnotta.

The connection was initially made in 2007 when reports surfaced that he was dating Homolka, which was the first time Magnotta gained any national spotlight. He went to the Toronto Sun in 2007 to deny the rumour and deny that he was behind the rumour.

One blog with only one entry, from August 2008, contains biographical information about Mr. Magnotta, but also says "he is in fact now living in the (Caribbean) with his new wife Karla Homolka," that he is a "master manipulator" and in love with his sister, though the blog was possibly one of the hundreds of online personas Magnotta maintained.

After Magnotta was named a suspect in the body-parts murders, Montreal police initially reported that he was a known associate of Homolka, although they backed off from that assertion relatively quickly.

With files from National Post Staff

  Jun 21, 2012  


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