3. Canada’s “Barbie & Ken” Killers Rape And Murder Three Girls On Videotape—Including Barbie’s Sister
They seemed like the perfect couple—far too good to be true.
This pair of toothy Canuck yuppies committed all three of their murders shortly before getting married, after which they applied to have their last names changed to “Teale” in honor of a serial killer from a fictional book.
Paul Bernardo—superficially charming, handsome, and hell-bent on success—was actually the “Scarborough Rapist,” who committed an estimated twenty or more sexual assaults of escalating severity on Canadian women in the late 1980s. When he met Karla Homolka—a veterinary assistant with a pretty yet emotionally flat face—she became the first of his girlfriends to egg on his sexual proclivities. She nicknamed his penis “Snuffles” and made it her duty to find young virgins for Paul to forcibly deflower.
Their first victim was Karla’s youngest sister Tammy, offered up because Tammy was still a virgin. In July of 1990, Karla fed Tammy some spaghetti sauce that had been laced with crushed Valium. Paul was able to rape Tammy for about a minute before she became conscious. Then in December, Karla knocked Tammy out with anesthetics she’d stolen from the veterinary clinic. The couple then proceeded to film themselves raping Karla’s unconscious sister while her parents slept upstairs. Tammy eventually choked to death on her own vomit, whereupon her killers cleaned her up and notified the authorities, who ruled it an accidental death.
On one of the many videotapes they made, Homolka performs oral sex on Bernardo while rubbing his genitals with her younger sister’s panties. She tells him:
I loved it when you fucked my little sister. I loved it when you fucked Tammy. I loved it when you took her virginity. I’m glad you made me lick her cunt….I want to rub Tammy’s underwear all over your body.
They would drug, rape, and kill two more girls who were in their mid-teens, all while videotaping it. Bernardo would later claim that it was Homolka who actually killed both girls.
Homolka was a seasoned manipulator skilled at playing the public’s presumption of innocence when it comes to female predators. An examining psychologist once said that “there is a moral vacuity in her which is difficult, if not impossible, to explain.” A Canadian reporter suggested that Homolka “simply lacks the moral gene.” Karla was able to plea-bargain to a sentence of only 12 years for her role in the murders. She was offered the deal before prosecutors became aware of all the videotapes that suggested her role in the murders was at least equal to that of Bernardo’s. She was released from prison in 2005 and now reportedly lives in Canada with at least three children she bore after her release.