Karla Homolka, a Canadian serial killer who was in prison for the rapes and murders of three teen girls, including her sister during the 1990s has been discovered to have been volunteering at her children’s elementary school.
Homolka, 47, served 12 years in prison after being convicted of raping, torturing and killing schoolgirls Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy with her then-husband Paul Bernardo in 1993. Homolka was also found guilty of playing a role in the death of her 15-year-old sister Tammy after she helped Bernardo drug, rape and ultimately kill her.
Homolka, who divorced Bernardo while serving her sentence, was released in 2005 and subsequently married her lawyer’s brother, Thierry Bordelais.
Homolka was pictured outside the Greaves Adventist Academy, and reportedly even helped supervise a group of kindergarten students during a field trip and was invited into a classroom to show the children how to knit.
Homolka reportedly supervised kindergarten children from Greaves Academy on a field trip in March. Parents told the Montreal Gazette on Wednesday that Homolka has been seen in the schoolyard with her dog, allowing the children to pet it. Homolka was also permitted into school to show off her dog to the students, and she came into a class to instruct students about knitting. The academy, a private Christian school, was aware of Homolka’s criminal past before she started volunteering there.
Several parents told the Montreal Gazette they became aware of Homolka’s involvement with their school only after a man, who called himself a concerned citizen, passed out leaflets to parents in March. One parent, who tried to raise the issue with the school, was told he would not be welcome back when the new school year starts in September.
Homolka, who lived in Quebec after her release before moving to the Caribbean with her children, has been living in Chateauguay, a suburb of Montreal, for the last two years.
The murder trials of both Homolka and her then-husband Bernardo were high-profile cases in the early 1990s, and she was able agree to a controversial plea deal in which she pleaded guilty to manslaughter to have her sentence reduced to 12 years. While Homolka had claimed Bernardo abused her and forced her to murder the teens, video evidence showed that Homolka as the more willing participant.