The Canadian media was ablaze yesterday with news that a journalist by the name of Paula Todd had managed to track down convicted serial killer accomplice extraordinaire Karla Homolka in her new home country of Guadaloupe. Todd has published a report of her encounter with Canada's most-hated woman in an e-book, Finding Karla, which is available through Kobo Books at the bargain basement price of $2.99.
I, for one, will not be purchasing a copy. While the byline is enticing: How I Tracked Down an Elusive Serial Child Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three, it is representative of what I already knew, and have known for some time now (courtesy of Watching Karla Homolka). Paula Todd merely did what nobody else within the subculture cared to do; she bought herself a plane ticket and travelled to the Caribbean in the hopes of catching a glimpse of wolf in sheep's clothing.
From what I can tell, Ms. Todd sleuthed out her target using information that has been readily available through the Internet for quite some time. She took a chance that the detective work undertaken by concerned online watchdogs was correct -- and it was -- and now she's selling her "story," and has priced it to clear!
Even if her report contributes absolutely nothing to the broader discussion, Todd stands to make a tidy profit. My own blog statistics prove that, in spite of what some may like us to believe, Karla Homolka is still very much an attention-getter; interest in this enigmatic woman (my own included) seems to have no end.
Todd claims to have spoken briefly with Homolka (aka Leanne Bordelais) in her home, and even observed her interactions with the three small children she has with partner Thierry Bordelais. The two women engaged in a brief interview before Mr. Bordelais interjected, and Homolka cut the discussion short:
"Nobody cares, and everything I’ve said is off the record."
Todd has said that, in the interest of protecting the safety of Homolka's children, she has elected not to publish the exact address. However, given the fact that, by way of her e-book, she has confirmed that online reports on her current whereabouts are true, anyone with the desire to find her can probably manage the task easily enough; just look for the mailbox that's marked "Leanne Bordelais."
I will save my 3 bucks and stick to online sleuthing, as opposed to real-life stalking.