Green Ribbon Memorial Garden
St. Catharines, Ontario
With the recent anniversary of the murder of Kristen French, I have been thinking a great deal about the strong and beautiful Ontario teenager who was robbed of a long and happy life at the hands of serial sex predators Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka.
Those who have followed the Bernardo/Homolka case closely may recall that Karla believes in ghosts, and at one time contacted a psychic in order to help get rid of unwanted voices and other noises coming from the basement of the house she shared with then-husband Bernardo.
Unaware that teenager Leslie Mahaffy had been raped, murdered, and then dismembered in the basement of 57 Bayview Drive, spiritualist Lori Disenthio advised Karla to pour ammonia down every drain while asking the spirits to leave. She also recommended that Homolka keep an amethyst stone in her pocket to "absorb all the bad" around her. Homolka is reported to have said that following Disenthio's instructions eliminated the disturbances for a while, but that the voices and noises eventually returned.
Knowing that Homolka is a believer in the possibility of spiritual hauntings, I would have loved to have been a fly on her wall when she logged into her BabyCenter account one day back in 2008 to find a user named KristenFrench responding to some of her posts there.
Even before WatchingKarlaHomolka sleuthed her out as love.you.forever on the popular parenting message board, a mysterious user using the name of one of Homolka's victims had also succeeded in putting together the fragments of self-identifying information left here and there by the net-savvy murderer-turned-mom.
KristenFrench responded to several topics that Karla was involved with, making it clear that she had made the link between the serial predator and her decidedly benign alterego, love.you.forever.
KristenFrench responded to only three threads on BabyCenter (all on the same day), and then disappeared just as mysteriously as she appeared:
KristenFrench, BabyCenter Profile
Karla gives "friendly reminder" on hurtful remarks.
Heaven, help us.
KristenFrench fires back at bully "Emily," point-blank!
KristenFrench shares her due date, which just happens to be the date
that the real Kristen French was lured by Karla Homolka to Paul Bernardo's car.
She was murdered three days later, on April 19.