Crime

Convicted Murderer And Rapist Volunteers At School

| by Jonathan Constante

A serial killer who was convicted of raping and murdering teenage girls, including her own sister, was spotted volunteering at her children's elementary school.

Karla Homolka, 47, was convicted of raping, torturing and killing Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy with then-husband Paul Bernardo in 1993, the Daily Mail reported. She was also involved in the death of her 15-year-old sister, Tammy, helping Bernardo to drug, rape and murder her.

Homolka served 12 years in prison. She split from Bernando while in prison. She was released in 2005 and married her lawyer's brother, Thierry Bordelais, and had three children.

Homolka now occasionally volunteers at private Christian school Greaves Adventist Academy, where her children are enrolled, the Montreal Gazette reported. Parents of other students at the school are outraged.

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The mother-of-three recently helped chaperone a kindergarten field trip. On another occasion, she was invited into a classroom to show students how to knit, CityNews reported. Homolka also brought a dog in for a show-and-tell class.

"We don't want her here," one parent told CityNews. "How would you feel knowing that your child is interacting with a person who is a serial killer? It's not right."

The school has since issued a statement on the matter: "The Quebec Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the administration of Greaves Adventist Academy are committed to providing quality education and enriching learning experiences to its students. ... While we work through the concerns stated by parents and other stakeholders, we welcome those associated with the school to contact the Quebec Conference office of Education."

“The school board was fully aware of who she is. She is not a regular volunteer, and can never be alone with any children, either in school or churches,” Seventh-day Adventist Church spokesman Stan Jensen told CityNews. “It is protocol for all of our schools across Canada, and most of the world, to do background checks, not only on teachers, but [also] volunteers as well as clergy.

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"As I said, she is not a regular volunteer. Rarely would she have cause to go into the school, and when she is, she is never alone.”

Homolka has been bouncing around since she was released from prison. She lived in Quebec immediately after her release, but then moved to the Caribbean with her children to avoid any media scrutiny. For the past two years, Homolka lived in the Montreal suburb of Chateauguay.

Homolka and Bernardo's murder trials were high-profile cases in the early 1990s. Homolka was able to strike a controversial plea deal, which reduced her sentence to 12 years if she pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

During the trial, Homolka accused Bernardo of abusing her and claimed that he forced her to murder the teen girls. However, video footage of the crimes showed that Homolka was a more-than-willing participant.

Sources: Daily Mail, Montreal Gazette, CityNews / Photo credit: Pixabay

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