Canadian serial killer Karla Leanne Homolka is also known as Karla Leanne Teale and Leanne Bordelais. She was born on May 4, 1970. Karla and her husband Paul Bernardo, raped and murdered three or more young women. She was convicted of manslaughter and then had a plea bargain in 1991 which was followed by rape and murder charges for Ontario teenagers, Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French in 1992. She was also accused of the rape and murder of her sister, Tammy.
Karla and Paul were arrested in 1993, and Paul received life imprisonment after he was convicted in 1995 of killing Leslie and Kristen. Karla claimed during her 1993 investigation that she was an unwilling accomplice and that Paul abused her. She made a deal with the prosecutors that if she pleads guilty to manslaughter, then she will receive a sentence of 12 years in prison. The Canadian press dubbed Karla"s plea bargain deal as a "Deal with the Devil" because evidence such as tapes of the crimes committed surfaced and showed that she was a willing participant.
Karla and Paul were given an exam where Karla scored 5/40 and Paul score 35/40 on the Psychopathy Checklist.
Karla lived in Quebec after she was released from jail and gave birth to a boy after she remarried. According to the Canadian Press, Karla moved to the Antilles with her family and changed her name to Leanne Teale. Journalist Paula Todd discovered that Karla Homolka was living in Guadeloupe in 2012 with her husband and three kids, but she was using the name, Leanne Bordelais. It was assumed by a jury on October 17, 2014, that Karla was living in Quebec.
1990 summer - Paul Bernardo and Schoolgirl Killer murders
According to Paul Bernardo, he was fascinated with Karla"s younger sister, Tammy and Karla agreed to help him in the summer of 1990 to drug Tammy. He said drugging Tammy was "an opportunity to minimize risk, take control, and keep it all in the family." and mentioned that he and Karla put Valium in Tammy"s spaghetti dinner. Karla stole the Valium from her workplace. Paul Bernardo raped Tammy while she was knocked out, but Tammy woke up about within a minute after Paul started to rape her.
Karla stole halothane which is an anesthetic from her workplace, Martindale Veterinarian Clinic.
1990, December 23: Paul Bernardo and Karla drugged Tammy with halothane after a family Christmas party, and they raped her while she was unconscious resulting in Tammy dying from choking on her vomit. Karla and Paul got rid of all evidence and put back Tammy"s cloth on her before calling the police. They also move her body to her bedroom in the basement. Tammy did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead a few hours later at St. Catharines General Hospital and her death were determined as an accident.
May 18, 1993: Karla Homolka was charged with two counts of manslaughter and Bernardo was charged with one dismemberment, first-degree murder, two kidnapping, unlawful confinement and aggravated sexual assault.
Bernardo"s first lawyer, Ken Murray viewed the rape videotapes and held on to them so that he can use them in court against Karla but a hearing was not held, and he did not get the chance to display his evidence. The tape shows Karla sexually assaulting four females, having intercourse in Atlantic City with a female prostitute and drugging someone who was unconscious.
There were limited details regarding Karla"s trial/case that was released to the public which was held on June 28, 1993.
The videotapes were released which made the public furious to know that Karla was a willing accomplice to the murders and sexual assaults. The tapes did not help much because Karla had made a plea bargain where she discloses sufficient information leading the Crown not to reopen the case.
Canadian authorities decided in December 2001 that they do not need the six videotapes displaying Bernardo and Karla torturing and raping their victims, so they destroyed the tapes. They, however, kept the disposition of the tapes of Karla"s comments during her viewing the tapes.
Several psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health officials and court officials had evaluated Karla before she was imprisoned. One evaluation mentioned Karla "remains something of a diagnostic mystery. Despite her ability to present herself very well, there is a moral vacuity in her which is difficult, if not impossible, to explain."
Karla Homolka and Lynda Veronneau had a sexual affair in Joliette prison. Lynda was imprisoned for numerous armed robberies.
Karla Homolka accepted and participated in all of the treatment programs that the prison authorities recommended except for the male sex offenders treatments because she started that she was not a male and was/is not a sex offender.
2004: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation started that "The National Parole Board has ruled that Karla Homolka must stay in prison for her full sentence, warning that she remains a risk to commit another violent crime."
2005, June 2: A network mentioned, "the Ontario Crown will ask a Quebec judge to impose conditions under Section 810 of Criminal Code on Homolka"s release." CTV said, "The French and Mahaffy families want even tighter restrictions on Homolka, including asking that she submit to electronic monitoring or yearly psychological and psychiatric assessment."
2005, June: Judge Jean R. Beaulieu said during a two-day hearing that Karla would still be a large risk to the public when she was released on July 4, 2005. Criminal Code section 810.2 was used to place certain restrictions on Karla upon her release.
The restrictions are:
She must inform authorities/police of her work address, home address and everyone that lives with her.
She must inform police if any of the above information changes.
She has to notify police of any name change.
Karla has to give a 72-hour notice to police if she wants to go away for more than 28 hours.
She is restricted from contacting Paul Bernardo, Leslie Mahaffy, Jane Doe and Kristen French families or any violent criminals.
She cannot be with anyone who is under 16-years-old.
She was not allowed to consume any type of drugs except for prescription medicine.
She had to continue therapy and counseling.
She needed to give police a DNA sample.
She will receive a maximum of two-years in prison if she violates any of the above orders.
Karla Homolka filed a wide-ranging injunction request in the Quebec Superior Court so that the press will not report when she will be released or where she will be/is located.
Karla received several death threats while she was serving her sentence at Joliette Institution which resulted in her being transferred to Ste-Anne-des-Plaines prison, located north of Montreal.
2005, July 4: Karla Homolka was released from Ste-Anne-des-Plaines prison.
Karla gave her first interview which was in French to Radio-Canada television and said that she chose Radio-Canada because it was less sensationalist than English-language media. She also said that discover that Quebec accepted her more than Ontario and mentioned that she would live somewhere within the province.
2005, July: It was reported by national media that Karla moved to the Island of Montreal.
2005, November 30: Quebec Superior Court Judge James Brunton said that there was not enough evidence and lifted all restrictions that were imposed on Karla.
On December 6, 2005, the Quebec Court of Appeal upheld Brunton"s decision. The Quebec Justice Department decided not to take the case to the Supreme Court, despite Ontario"s urging.
2006, June 8: TVA said that Karla requested to have her name legally changed to Emily Chiara Tremblay, but it was declined.
2007: Sun Media said that Karla Homolka gave birth to a baby boy and that several nurses refused to help/care for her before she gave birth to her baby.
2007, December 14, 2007: CityNews said that Karla moved to the Antilles so that son can lead a "more normal life."
2010, April 19: The Vancouver Sun reported on April 19, 2010, that Karla Homolka would be eligible to ask for pardon in the summer of 2010 for her crimes. Karla could ask for grace because she was sentenced with manslaughter and received less than a life sentence but convicted felons who were sentenced to life in prison cannot ask for pardon. Karla"s criminal records will not be disclosed to the public during background checks, but her records will not be erased if she receives a pardon. Her criminal records, however, will be disclosed if she will be working with children or people who are vulnerable. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said on June 16, 2010, that all federal parties have agreed to pass a bill to prevent notorious offenders from receiving a pardon.
2014, October 17: The jury in Luka Magnotta first-degree murder trial found out that Karla Homolka was living in Quebec.
2016, April 20: According to the news report, Karla Homolka is believed to be residing in Chateauguay, Quebec with her children and she gets angry when reported tries to talk to her. It is also said that the parents of children attending the same school as her kids are very bothered for their children"s welfare.