Karla Homolka Rape

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Karla Homolka is among the most notorious criminals (“Karla Leanne Homolka”). She is famous for the plea bargain she made with prosecutors before her trial. She testified against her then husband, Paul Bernardo, in exchange for a 12-year prison sentence ("Homolka's Plea Bargain Revealed”). Little did Crown officials know that she was just as involved as her husband in the rapes and murders of two school girls ("The Karla Homolka Files: A U.S. Perspective on Karla Homolka’s Plea Bargain”). Now Karla is remarried and has three children ("Karla Homolka Lives in Guadeloupe And Has Three Children, New Book Reveals”). She served her time in prison and is now out free, living a somewhat normal life. Karla Leanne Homolka was born in Port Credit, …show more content…
Paul was upset that Karla had not been a virgin when he met her, so Karla wanted to give Tammy’s virginity to Paul as a present. The first time Karla and Paul tried to rape Tammy was in July 1990. Karla cooked spaghetti and mixed in the drug Valium. Tammy ate it and passed out. Paul was only able to rape her for a few minutes before she woke up (“Key Events in the Bernardo/Homolka Case”). After a Christmas party in December 1990, they were given their second opportunity. The two of them gave Tammy a sleeping pill mixed in an alcoholic drink. When she was asleep, Karla put a cloth over her face soaked in the anaesthetic, halothane. She had stolen the drug from her work. With Karla’s parents upstairs, they videotaped themselves raping her. When she started coming to, she choked on her own vomit and died. Karla claimed that her and Paul tried to revive her and called 911. But they cleaned up the house to make it look like an accident. Despite the chemical burns on Tammy’s face, the police ruled her death an accident (“Karla Leanne …show more content…
A publication ban was issued so that any details surrounding her trial would not get out to the public. This protected Paul’s right to a fair trial. Paul’s lawyer made the mistake of keeping the videotapes he found in the Bernardo household (“Karla Leanne Homolka”). So Karla received her promised 12-year prison sentence after she “…[pleaded] guilty to two counts of manslaughter” (“Key Events in the Bernardo/Homolka Case”). Paul’s trial began on May 18, 1995. The videotapes had been handed over to Paul’s new lawyer, as the one who held onto the tapes, quit (“Karla Leanne Homolka”). Karla was a witness for the Crown and she testified against Paul. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He “[was] sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for 25 years” (“Key Events in the Bernardo/Homolka Case”) As for the videotapes, which provided all the evidence of the rapes, they were destroyed (“Karla Leanne Homolka”). Also in November 1995, Paul “[was] declared a dangerous offender, meaning he [would] likely spend the rest of his life in jail” (“Key Events in the Bernardo/Homolka Case”). Karla Homolka’s case is so significant because of the fact that she made a plea bargain with prosecutors, later known as “the deal with the devil” (“Key Events in the Bernardo/Homolka Case”). She was just as guilty, if not more guilty than Paul (“The Karla Homolka Files: A U.S. Perspective on Karla Homolka’s Plea Bargain”). Paul was sentenced

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