Journalist Paula Todd finds Karla Homolka
Journalist Paula Todd has spent years hunting down the schoolgirl killer Karla Homolka. She tracked her down to the small tropical island of Guadeloupe where she lives with three of her children and her husband Thierry Bordelais.
Homolka now 42, was convicted of manslaughter in 1993 after striking a deal with the prosecutors to give them information leading to the conviction of her then husband Paul Bernardo.. She served 12 years in prison and was released in 2005. For his part, Bernardo received a life sentence.
The pair were arrested for the rape and murder of two young girls and the drug-induced death of her sister Tammy.
Paula Todd has written a book about tracking down Homolka.
In the short e-book titled Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down an Elusive Serial Child Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three, Todd describes how she followed a tip she found on the Internet that Homolka was living in Guadeloupe for several years.
Using tips she found on the internet and through social media, Todd tracked down one of Canada’s most infamous criminals to the small island.
Todd writes that she stumbled on Homolka’s home while walking along a gravel side road. She found herself staring at a residence with mailbox that read, “Leanne Bordelais,” the name that Homolka now goes by.
In the window on the second floor, she spotted Homolka in the window
“I look through it into a tiny, tidy kitchen,” Todd writes. “There, bent over the sink, is a petite woman with light hair. She turns her face sideways to see who’s arriving. Then she freezes…
“I have found Karla Homolka, and I’m not sure which of us is more shocked,” Todd writes.
Thierry Bordelais joined her and together, they formed a human wall, which Todd said hid three children from her view — two boys and a girl.
“One son I was prepared for, but does the woman who killed three children now have three of her own?” Todd writes.
Homolka invited Todd in. Shortly after they sat down the children came in.
Todd watched Homolka interact with them, nursing the baby, and said Homolka appears “to be an excellent mother.”
“That’s funny that you think you can judge that after seeing me this short time,” Homolka responded.
Todd says they talked for nearly an hour before Bordelais spoke to their laywer on the phone and whispered something in Homolka’s ear.
“And then, everything changed,” Todd wrote.
The couple went to another room and had a heated converstation. When Karla returned to the room with Todd, she ended the interview.
“A long time ago, I said that I would never speak to anybody and I’m going to maintain that,” Homolka told Todd, adding she doesn’t trust journalists and no one cares about where she is or what she’s doing.
“Nobody cares, and everything I’ve said is off the record,” Homolka says.
In the interest of the children, Todd did not reveal their names.
The 42 page book is available on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Nook for a cost $2.99.
Todd is now writing a longer book called “Inside Out” that will describe her experience tracking and meeting the schoolgirl killer.