May 16, 2015

Review: Paul Bernardo/Karla Homolka by Peter Vronsky

Title: Paul Bernardo/Karla Homolka: The Ken & Barbie Killers
Series: Crimes Canada #3
Author: Peter Vronsky
Genre: True Crime 
Publisher: Vronsky Parker Publications
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Source: Self purchase
Reviewer: Kat

Book Summary

Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka were so perfectly iconic as a newlywed couple that they were dubbed "Ken and Barbie". But their marriage had a dark side involving sex, death, and videotape. The 'perfect couple' first raped and murdered Karla's little sister and then kidnapped teenage schoolgirls whom they enslaved, raped, tortured and killed while gleefully recording themselves on video doing it. Vronsky will take you on the journey from the Scarborough Rapist (Bernardo) to Bordelais (Homolka's current last name) and her return to Canada in October, 2014 from the island of Gaudeloupe where she lived for several years with her husband and three children.

WARNING- This book contains police and court transcripts of audio and descriptions of extremely graphic sexual violence contained in videotapes made by the perpetrators. 


My Thoughts

Blown away and extremely impressed with this account of the case that is no doubt one of the most notorious crimes in Canada. It instantly comes to everyone's mind when asked what the most infamous crime in our country was. I've read a lot about this case over the years, however, what I read before was nothing like this. Well written and expertly conveyed, this book is simply remarkable. As a fan of true crime, you will not be disappointed. Vronsky is a master of his craft and a first rate author. 

The transcribed videos of these two together was truly the stuff of nightmares. I did in fact have a fitful nights sleep after reading it. The extent of Paul Bernardo's depravity completely blew me away. I mean we all have a general idea of how sexually deviant a rapist is by the nature of their crime, however the insight we get from the details on these videos shows a level of degeneracy that shocked me to the core. 

And Homolka? well I'm still a bit torn of what to make of her. Ruthless? Undoubtedly. Cold-blooded? You bet. However was she as bad as Bernardo? I may not be too popular saying this but I don't think she's quite as sick as he is. Feel free to disagree with me but I don't think she would have done those things on her own. With what I've read so far about this case, she was led by him and his deviant sexual needs, and agreed to them because of her ruthless nature to do whatever it took to get what she wanted. And she wanted a picture-perfect life that she thought Paul could give her. But who know really.     

Highly recommend this one to all my fellow fans of True Crime.  

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