Has a whole new meaning for the parents of children who are attending the same school as Karla Homolka's in Chateauguay, Quebec. What would you do? How would you feel? Perhaps your children have already attended at birthday party for one of her kids at her house. "Deal with the Devil" is one headline from 1993 when Homolka was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter rather than be charged in the rape/murder of 14 year-old Leslie Mahaffy who she and husband, Paul Bernardo,chopped up with a circular saw and encased in cement before throwing her in a lake and the rape/murder/torture of Kristen French, 15, who they kept for three days before killing. The Deal with the Devil was the revelation of videotapes of their heinous acts which Homolka reportedly viewed with "feral joy."
Homolka was sentenced to 12 years in prison and she did serve all 12. However, she had sexual liaisons with male and female partners while serving her time and their memories of her are disturbing to say the least.
In 2005, Karla was released from prison and by 2007 had married and given birth to a baby boy. She moved to the Antilles and lived under the name Leanne Bordelaire. She has surfaced in Quebec and her children are attending a public school.
The children can't be held accountable for the inhuman crimes their mother committed. She has 'paid her price to society' and yet, and yet. What if your child was friends with Karla and wanted to go to a sleepover? What if they were best friends? Karla's son is the same age as my grandson. Would I want them to be friends? The parents and teachers in Chateauguay are grappling with a complex problem whose solutions will suit no one... how would you Deal with the Devil?
I've been writing on and off for years and this is where my more serious pieces will be.