This is an article I read yesterday about a rapist-killer in an area outside of Toronto. This kind of gauntlet of sexual predators that teens have to pass through to adulthood in a supposedly safe and civil society bewilders me.
There's a movie about this set of crimes. It's called "Karla" (2006), and is available from Netflix. The problem with the film, in my opinion, is that it is told from Karla's point of view.
Yes, that would be a problem. Prosecutors made a 'deal with the devil' when they agreed to let Homolka do 13 years for her role in the kidnappings and murders in exchange for info. Once they found the tapes where actual assaults and murders were recorded for posterity, they quickly realized Homolka was a much more active participant in the crimes than they had previously believed. But it was too late - the deal was made. She's now out of prison, remarried, and living in the Caribbean. Homolka also knew long before her arrest that Bernardo was the Scarborough Rapist.
I lived through those times - I was a young kid in a suburb of Toronto about an hour from St. Catherine's, where the kidnappings and murders occurred. I remember when the police composite was in the paper - Scarborough was not far from where I lived, but it always seemed like a distant, dangerous place. Turn on the news and if there was a murder, a stabbing, a shooting, a robbery, it always seemed to be in Scarborough. Scarborough still has this image for many people. I know better now, having spent plenty of time there. It's a community with its own unique challenges, but Bernardo and his crimes could have easily occurred in the neighbourhood I grew up in.
I also remember that at that time Kristen French was kidnapped, the police had everyone looking for a cream-coloured Camaro and on a woodsy street near my house a cream-coloured Camaro was always parked. My friends and I were always suspicious of this vehicle and it was eventually vandalized. After a while it disappeared - the owner must have moved it, but I bet they got a lot of inquiries from suspicious neighbours.
I grew up in Burlington during the Bernardo/Homolka crimes. I had a girlfriend that went to the same school as Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French's body was found very close to my home. This was one of the first true crime stories that I became seriously interested in. There was a publication ban in Canada so I used to drive across the boarder to the US to pick up newspapers with information about the case that wasn't available here. Even then, there was a lot of hearsay and rumours. I had a friend that lived in Scarborough during the crimes too. He was questioned by police after someone tipped them off that he might be the Scarborough rapist. He had to submit a DNA sample.
I think the most disturbing thing about these crimes - and it's really hard to choose something that is MOST disturbing in a case where there are so many extremely disturbing aspects - is the way Homolka acted all buddy-buddy with the victims. She is one twisted broad, and really seemed to get off on the same things as her then-husband. She offered her own sister up for his use because he was disappointed at her for not being a virgin.
More recently, we here in Southern Ontario had to deal with another male-female kidnapping/killing team, but the psychopathic freak who murdered little Tori Stafford ain't getting out anytime soon. The prosecutors saw Terri-Lynn Mclintic for what she was and she didn't really make much effort to hide it - I believe she admitted to doing the actual killing after her boyfriend assaulted the poor girl. In prison, she has apparently seriously harmed at least one inmate.
McLintic did say she killedTori Stafford. I've always wondered about that. I think that Rafferty killed her and that McLintic took the blame as a last symbol of devotion. There's so much going on in that type of dynamic.
nowhereman: If you didn't see Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey on Netflix...yikes. I was aware of most of that stuff but when it's all explained chronologically in great detail holy cow. Those FLDS people are out there.
Jun 12, 2022 2:22:32 GMT
mcfetty: YEahhhhh, just watched it and that was insane!
Jul 4, 2022 16:08:22 GMT
vivazapata: Peoples Investigates 2 hour show on "The Hammer Killer" in case anyone interested
Jul 12, 2022 4:12:24 GMT
billthom56: Just noticed this shoutout from SammyT. Thank you so much. Bill Thomas
Jul 18, 2022 18:42:27 GMT
sammyt: You're well deserving a shout out Bill. You put yourself out there, year after year. A truly inspirational person within the true crime world.
Jul 24, 2022 21:46:30 GMT
sammyt: After the new 12-26-75 book, perhaps it's time for a similar investigation into the CPK crimes. Seems like there were a lot of dirty police chiefs around back in the day...
Jul 24, 2022 21:54:28 GMT
sammyt: And big shout out to daedra.. another really good researcher on here!
Jul 24, 2022 21:59:34 GMT
kg: Thanks SammyT. I have to give credit to SammyT for the fact that I am still plugging away on Coe. If it were not for his candid feedback and encouragement I am sure I may have landed in the looney bin a long time ago but most likely I would have quit.
Aug 3, 2022 1:42:45 GMT
kg: Dragnet Season 2 Episode 28, March 27, 1968. Amazon Prime. A 50+ year old breath of fresh air. The bad cops get a lot of press time. I wish we could hear more about the Sergeant Fridays out there giving all they have so we can have safer communities.
Aug 31, 2022 1:40:54 GMT
mcfetty: All of you folks are Sgt Friday's. What we do is what helps <3
Aug 31, 2022 5:39:22 GMT
elroacho: hey mcfetty, you got a Replika friend?
Sept 3, 2022 7:17:50 GMT
vivazapata: The Queen is dead, long live the King !
Sept 9, 2022 4:08:59 GMT