Karla Homolka shown in Longueuil, PQ, August 2005. (
Credits: Alan Cairns/Toronto Sun/QMI AGENCY
A new book says child-sex killer Karla Homolka is in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and now lives under a new name with three children of her own.
Journalist Paula Todd's book, Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down an Elusive Serial Child Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three, was released Thursday as a 40-page ebook.
This past spring, Todd travelled to Guadeloupe where she says she found Homolka, who now goes by the name of Leanne Bordelais.
In the book, Todd talks about how she arrived on the island and searched the phone book for Homolka.
"Of course, I hardly expect Homolka to have a listing, but you can't make assumptions. People, as I will soon discover, often slip up on the simplest things," she writes.
Homolka served 12 years for manslaughter for her part in the sex slayings of Kristen French, 15, and Leslie Mahaffy, 14, after agreeing to testify against her partner, Paul Bernardo. She has also been accused in her sister's rape and murder.
"Homolka walked free in 2005 to restart her life in the city of Montreal. Two years later, Karla Homolka simply vanished," Todd wrote.
Much of the book rehashes the crimes, for which Bernardo is serving life in prison without parole.
Through Internet searches, Todd learned Homolka may be teaching school children in the Caribbean. She also knew Homolka was linked at one time to Thierry Bordelais -- the brother of Homolka's lawyer, Sylvie Bordelais -- who also fathered a child with her when she was still in Montreal.
"My bet was that, with angry neighbours and unrelenting media on her tail, Homolka was looking for a hideaway outside of Canada and would have to use a legal name for immigration," Todd wrote. "That left 'Leanne,' her legal middle name, and 'Bordelais,' the family name of her baby's father."
During her online searches, Todd found a "routine administrative certificate" saying Leanne Bordelais was, indeed, living in the Caribbean.
It was when she was forced onto a gravel side road in a remote area after her rental car failed to keep up with local drivers, that Todd discovered a metal mailbox with the name Leanne Bordelais written in black ink.
"The 'Leanne Bordelais' mailbox is certainly promising but also incredibly careless, if she is in hiding," Todd notes.
She returned to her hotel room and changed her clothes, then hired a cab driver to take her back. In the house, Todd met an older couple who led her to an apartment.
"The wall I am standing beside has a little framed window, wide open. I look through it into a tiny, tidy kitchen. 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," Todd writes.
"I have found Karla Homolka, and I'm not sure which of us is more shocked."
Todd noted Homolka, 42, is slimmer than she was during her days in prison, her sandy beige hair pulled back into a ponytail.
"She has a light-caramel tan and wears little makeup," Todd said, adding there's no truth to rumours Homolka has gone under the knife.
"For the most part, she looks exactly the same as she did when a Montreal television reporter briefly spoke with her in 2006."
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. At one point, as they sat together after barely speaking, the children came into the room.
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.
Over the course of an hour, Homolka asked Todd to repeat her six questions three times.
"We go for stretches saying nothing at all, just watching and encouraging her children as they play," Todd writes.
Then, Bordelais returned and whispered something to his wife in French.
"And then, everything changes," Todd wrote.
The couple went into a bedroom where they had a loud discussion. After a few minutes, Bordelais left the bedroom with a portable phone, their lawyer on the other end.
When Homolka 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.