How do you solve a problem like Homolka – redux

“She read a lot of books about murder, just murder, murder murder, many books per week, like “the perfect murder.”..”

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I’m looking back a little at the Homolka affair, not because I’m terribly interested, but because the media appears to be missing things… AND I DO have an interest in Quebec.

Homolka’s home in Chateauguay is minutes away from the murder sites of 12-year-old Norma O’Brien and 14-year-old Debbie Fisher.

 

In this TVA interview Homolka’s former partner at the Joliet prison says Homolka still maintained that she was the victim because she was in a relationship with Bernardo:

Also, Homolka never expressed regret for killing the young victims.

“She read a lot of books about murder, just murder, murder murder, many books per week, like “the perfect murder.”..”

So turning again to current events and Homolka volunteering at the school in NDG:

If you look back at Homolka’s sentence in 2005 one of the conditions of her release was the following:

“Have no job or volunteer position with people under the age of 16.”

Further, Judge Jean R. Beaulieu “said Homolka had better obey the conditions over the next 12 months, or else they will be renewed. If she breaks any conditions she faces up to two years in jail.”

So at some point over the past 12-years I guess it’s safe to say that the conditions lapsed and were not renewed.My question is why? They appeared to be good measures and included the following:

Homolka must:

  • Report to the nearest police station on the day of her release and tell them where she is living and who her roommates are.
  • Notify police of any change of name.
  • Report to a police station the first Friday of every month (or arrange another time).
  • Give 96 hours notice if she plans to move.
  • Give three days notice if she plans to go away for more than a weekend.
  • Complete specific information about any travel plans.
  • Give police her travel plans if leaving Quebec.
  • Have no contact with people with a criminal record.
  • Have no contact with her former husband Paul Bernardo.
  • Have no contact with former victims Jane Doe or Nicole T.
  • Have no contact with the families of victims Kristen French or Leslie Mahaffy.
  • Not possess drugs or illicit substances.
  • Not be in a job which gives her access to benzodiazepine, opiates or barbiturates.
  • Have no job or volunteer position with people under the age of 16.
  • Continue therapy and counselling.
  • Provide police with a DNA sample.

Maintaining these conditions would have kept the public at bay, and would have ensured controversies such as what unfolded last week at the Greaves Adventist Academy would have never happened. 

Note also in the conditions that it was Homolka who was to advise authorities where she was living, not the other way around, so it is clear that Homolka chose to live in Chateauguay, it was her own, free decision. Whether that decision was influenced from the knowledge that crimes similar to the French / Mahaffy  murders (the O’Brien / Fisher murders) had occured in Chateauguay remains to be seen. 

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