In the early 1990s, Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo committed multiple rapes and murders together – torturing, sodomizing, and killing schoolgirls in Ontario, Canada – making them one of the most notorious killer couples in Canadian history. Because of their middle-class lifestyles – she a veterinary technician and he an accountant – and their classic good looks, when their horrifying crimes were uncovered, the press dubbed Homolka and Bernardo the "Ken and Barbie Killers."
However, long before Bernardo attacked teenage girls with the help of Homolka, he'd acted alone when he committed a series of brutal rapes all over the city of Scarborough. When biological evidence found on one of the teenagers the Schoolgirl Killers (another nickname for Homolka and Bernardo) murdered together matched semen collected from one of the victims of the Scarborough Rapist, investigators closed in on Bernardo and discovered the shocking secrets he and his wife had been hiding.
They Drugged And Raped Homolka's Sister
In July 1990, Homolka – with the help of her boyfriend – drugged her younger sister, Tammy, by serving her a meal of spaghetti laced with Valium, which she’d stolen from the veterinarian’s office where she worked as a vet tech. Bernardo raped the unconscious teenager for approximately one minute, but he stopped when the 15 year old regained consciousness.
Several months later, on December 23, 1990, the couple drugged Tammy – who was unaware of the prior sexual assault – using eggnog spiked with Halcion, and both Bernardo and Homolka raped the 15-year-old while she was unconscious. The couple had hatched their depraved plan months earlier when Bernardo became obsessed with his girlfriend's little sister.
Homolka, unlike Tammy, was not a virgin when she started dating Bernardo, and he was upset that she’d had sex with other people prior to sleeping with him. As a deranged sort of consolation, Homolka agreed to provide her boyfriend with her younger sister’s virginity in an effort to make up for her own lack of chastity.
Homolka's Sister Choked On Her Vomit And Died
After Tammy – who was unconscious – was raped by both her older sister and Bernardo, she awoke and began vomiting. The 15 year old choked on her vomit, and when Tammy fell back into unconsciousness, Bernardo and Homolka unsuccessfully attempted to revive her. Fearful that their despicable acts would be discovered and they would be blamed for Tammy’s death, the pair re-dressed the girl’s lifeless body and hid any evidence of the drugging and rape.
Bernardo and Homolka called for an ambulance, and Tammy was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead. Despite the presence of a large chemical burn on the 15 year old’s face, her death was deemed an accidental choking caused by alcohol-induced vomiting.
Bernardo Abducted, Raped, And Murdered A Teenage Girl
Approximately six months after Homolka’s younger sister Tammy died, Bernardo abducted 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy in the early hours of June 15, 1991. The teenager had attended the wake of a friend and, when she arrived home around 2:00 am, she found all of the doors locked. Without a key, Mahaffy was outside of her house in Ontario, Canada, when Bernardo forced her into his vehicle.
After kidnapping the teenager at knifepoint, Bernardo took Mahaffy back to the home he shared with his fiancé, and he and Homolka repeatedly raped, sodomized, and sexually assaulted the 14-year-old as she screamed and begged for her life. After subjecting Mahaffy to 24 hours of sexual and phsyical torture, Bernardo strangled the teenager to death with an electrical cord, and the pair dismembered the girl’s body using a circular saw. Then, Homolka and her boyfriend encased the teenager’s remains in concrete and dumped her dismembered corpse in a nearby lake.
A Victim’s Remains Were Found On Their Wedding Day
Less than two weeks after Homolka and Bernardo brutally raped and murdered Mahaffy, they were married on June 29, 1991, in an extravagant ceremony near Niagara Falls. On the same day the killer couple was united in holy matrimony, a couple who were paddling in Lake Gibson found one of the chunks of concrete containing Mahaffy’s dismembered body.
Because Mahaffy had experienced some conflict with her parents prior to her disappearance, before her body was found, the police thought the 14-year-old had been a rebellious girl who had run away from home, not the victim of a sickening crime. Shortly after her remains were recovered, the authorities identified Mahaffy’s corpse – which showed clear signs of rape and torture – using dental and orthodontic records.