Thanks to the tireless staff at WKH2012, this long lost episode of the award-winning documentary series The Fifth Estate is accessible once again.
As I watched the program (which I hadn't seen in years), all the same feelings of horror, sickness, sadness, and rage stirred in me anew. The Fifth Estate illuminates Homolka's role in the sex killings of three Ontario teenagers in shocking clarity; the sheer gall with which an unaffected Homolka recites the details of her crimes is nothing short of astounding.
Although the Homolka broadcast was arguably the most-watched episode in The Fifth Estate's established history, it is not available for viewing through the program's web site. To be clear, the Homolka broadcast is the only episode aired in the last ten years which is not available for viewing. Moreover, upon careful examination of the web site, it appears to have been re-designed in such a way that one can't even tell it has been excluded because it is no longer listed within the archive.
Yes, that's right -- the acclaimed episode that helped garner the program's reputation for investigative reporting is no longer listed in the menu. Only traces of the episode remain: The Fifth Estate boasts that it was a finalist in the Canadian Association of Journalists Awards for Investigative Reporting (1998), and received honourable mention in the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. The web site further boasts that more than two million people tuned in to watch the episode when it originally aired.
Why are they hiding something they claim to be so proud of?
When I published an Open Letter to The Fifth Estate and an accompanying petition on this blog, an Anonymous user (not so politely) suggested that:
"It's common knowledge why this episode is hard to find: it apparently uses extracted footage showing the sexual assault of Homolka's sister. If this is true, striving to locate it, and reaching for frankly ridiculous arguments about the freedom to watch whatever you want to rationalise viewing it, might suggest that your obsession with this case is anything but healthy. And if that's true, you wouldn't be the first creep to epitomise the irony of pointing out the obvious that Homolka is sick only to be sick yourself."
First and foremost, I found it difficult to take seriously someone who spoke with such moral conviction and then dumped a word like "apparently" into the mix. Secondly, the "extracted footage" that is referred to was omitted when the episode was re-broadcast prior to Homolka's release from prison, which renders Anon's argument entirely superfluous.
Many thanks to kouheikun for sharing this important "lost" documentary.
THE FIFTH ESTATE:
This broadcast, along with a number of other informative videos related to this case can be found at WKH2012. These programs are must-see material for anyone who is interested in this case and/or the Canadian Justice System.
More from Mascara & Murder:
Karla Homolka Speaks for Herself (Video)