Homolka. If you're Canadian, the name alone still strikes fear into your heart. Who can forget the trial that shocked the nation in the early 1990s?
Karla Homolka, who played a role in the torture and murder of Ontario school girls twenty years ago, and served 12 years in prison for it after striking a deal with prosecutors, has rebuilt her life—and now has three children of her own.
In a 46-page ebook called "Finding Karla," journalist Paula Todd described how she tracked down Homolka and found her living happily in the Caribbean under a different name with a husband and children.
Even though Homolka's then-partner Paul Bernardo was sentenced to life in prison, for crimes related to the rape and murder of two schoolgirls, Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy, Homolka appears to have put the past behind her.
Todd claims that Homolka has remained in the Canadian conscience. Even though she claimed during the trial to be a reluctant accomplice in the killings, the video footage showed her to be a more active participant.
"The thing about Karla Homolka...is that she fooled everybody," said Todd. "While I was in discussions with her, I was in conflict. Because on the one hand she appeared to be a really good mother...but I don't think anybody is ever going to believe Homolka."
Todd was curious enough about Homolka's new life, that she decided to follow an obscure lead all the way to Guadeloupe. More digging around culminated in a tense hour spent in the 42-year-old convicted killer's apartment.
"She said to me, 'What makes you think I feel safe?'...She said to me nobody cares about me, people only care about me in a negative way," said Todd, who observed Homolka breastfeeding one of her children during the visit. "She presented as a very good mother, but who knows. I have no reason to believe that those kids are not well cared for."
"Finding Karla" is is available on Kindle Singles, Kobo, iBooks and Nook for $2.99, and a more detailed account of her experience with Homolka will feature in her upcoming book, "Inside Out."
Homolka has served her time. Should she be allowed to live in harmony? Is it time for us to move on, just as she has?