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June 28, 2018
June 28, 2018 8:57 PM EDT
It was 25 years ago Thursday the Crown made the deal with the devil, Karla Homolka.THE CANADIAN PRESS
She had those icy blue eyes that chilled to the bone.
There was the blond hair and that blue school marm dress.
But worst of all was that smirk that cruelly winked: ‘I got away with it’.
And for the past 25 years, she has haunted us. A profound failure of the justice system that punctures our hearts at the mere mention of her name.
Thursday marked the 25th anniversary of the Crown’s “deal with the devil” and the beginning of a trial that stunned Canadians.
That blond Beelzebub was named Karla Homolka.
Paul Bernardo, left, and Karla Homolka on their June 1991 wedding day. (Postmedia file)
In 1993, Homolka began serving her 12-year jolt in jail after pleading guilty in the sick sex slayings of schoolgirls Kristen French, 15, and Leslie Mahaffy, 14.
The trial lasted just a day and a controversial publication ban left the public in the dark.
“I didn’t want to go to work knowing that girl [French] was in the house and could escape … I was afraid,” she told detectives.
“I didn’t suggest to him that we kill her – but I knew that she had to be gone.”
She would point the finger at her estranged husband, Paul Bernardo, a fly-by-night bookkeeper whose hobby was raping women in Scarborough.
For whatever reason, we knew. Better than the cops, better than the crown prosecutors.
One look at those eyes and that smirk and we knew she was as guilty as Bernardo.
Homolka cagily played the role of a battered wife married to a monster.
She didn’t think it germane to inform Niagara Regional Police detectives or the Crown Attorney, Ray Houlihan, that she was an active participant in the depraved tortures the two teens endured.
Nor did she reveal that her little sister, Tammy, 14, died drugged out of her mind at the hands of Homolka and her husband. She had gifted Tammy to Bernardo as his sexual Christmas present.
And cops missed the videos. But the tapes told the tale.
Convicted killer Karla Homolka outside Greaves Adventist Academy in Montreal, on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (Dave Sidawayz/Postmedia Network)
Stashed away in the roof of their Port Dalhousie home were the incriminating videotapes. Homolka revelling in her twisted debauchery.
And despite Homolka lying and breaking her end of the deal, the Crown chose not to renege on the deal which would have seen the veterinary assistant jailed for life.
Instead, the cold-hearted killer was a beneficiary of Attorney General Marion Boyd, who saw Homolka as a victim.
Boyd would not budge from her preferred narrative.
Homolka did all of her 12 years — in relative luxury compared to her husband locked away in the dreary and drafty, now-closed Kingston Penitentiary. She enjoyed conjugal visits and lesbian affairs while caged.
She was back in the news again last year, working at a daycare in the Montreal area.
Concerned parents were not pleased.
But the killer soldiers on. A look at recent photos shows the same cold eyes and that now nearly imperceptible smirk.
Her days of haunting us will only end when she’s buried in the cold, cold ground.
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