Karla Homolka, a convicted killer and rapist from Toronto, was found volunteering at school among children in Montreal a few months ago, causing quite a stir among concerned Canadians.
Homolka was released from prison in 2005 after serving a reduced 12-year sentence. Since then, she had changed her name multiple times and quietly moved to a small town in Quebec with her kids. She began working at their school, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, where she would often offer her time to be a supervisor on class field trips.
Since her whereabouts were discovered, people have been adamant on tracking her every move. Some have even gone as far as creating a Facebook page called “Watching Karla Homolka” which provides crowd-sourced updates on her locations. There’s also a petition going around urging the RCMP to put Homolka on the National Sex Offenders Registry, with over 38,500 so far and counting.
“I think she’s dangerous and I certainly wouldn’t take the chance with my kids to be around her,” said lawyer Tim Danson to the Toronto Star. He added that she was never rehabilitated and should not be allowed to work with children.
Homolka and her ex-husband Paul Bernardo were convicted for the rape and murder of two school girls, Leslie Mahaffy in 1991 and Kristen French in 1992. Homolka was also linked to the death of her sister Tammy in 1991, but was never charged for it as it was ruled an accident. She struck a deal with prosecutors to serve a reduced sentence in exchange for her testimony, while Bernardo was sentenced to life for murder.
Homolka is no longer allowed to work at her children’s school and is now living under the radar with her new husband, Thierry Bordelais. While several people are praising the Facebook page, some lawyers have warned that it isn’t right to post pictures of her whereabouts and anyone who does so may be exposing themselves to be sued.
“Once a criminal serves their time, they have the right to be left alone and lead a normal life, otherwise they could be pushed to re-offend,” reports Global News.