Karla Homolka became the symbol of evil in Canada in 1993, when she was convicted of manslaughter and given 12 years for her role in the rapes and murders of Ontario teenagers Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy. The prison term also included time for the 1990 death of her 15-year-old sister, Tammy Homolka, who died Christmas Eve after Homolka held a drug-soaked cloth over her mouth while both she and her husband raped her.
Neither the U.S., nor apparently Canada, has yet learned the lesson about releasing violent sex offenders on the innocent public. Twelve years for three murders is a pitifully inadequate sentence. It does not reflect concern for the good citizens of Canada, who deserve better.
Now the murderous sub-human is afraid for her life. Isn’t it a pity that she gets to feel some of the horror she visited on three people?
One of Homolka’s attorneys said she was in a "state of terror" about her release from a maximum-security prison outside Montreal. "She is paralyzed with fear, completely panicked," the lawyer told the Montreal Gazette. `When I saw her she was in a state of terror, almost in a trance. She cannot conceive of what her life will be like outside."
The lawyer argues that since Homolka's safety cannot be assured by police, the media must be prevented from reporting on her whereabouts to protect her from numerous threats against her life, mostly by Internet bloggers.
Quebec Superior Court Justice Paul-Marcel Bellavance last week rejected a similar plea, saying it violated press freedoms. The lawyer has asked the court to reconsider before his client's release.
I’m sweating bullets trying to work up some sympathy for this animal. It isn’t working. I don’t condone violence, but somehow in cases like this one, I’ll just look the other way and smile if something awful happens to this creature.
Perhaps justice will indeed prevail in the end.