The beautiful young lady in the photograph above is Karla Homolka's little sister, Tammy, who died tragically on Christmas Eve, 1990. An evening of holiday merriment at the Homolka home turned dark when Tammy died as a result of being drugged and raped by older sister Karla and her fiance, Paul Bernardo. Although Tammy's death was initially ruled an accident, an unfortunate consequence of consuming too many holiday cocktails, the awful truth about what really happened that night was eventually revealed.
Years later, Karla testified against Bernardo (her estranged husband at that time) as he stood accused of two counts of first-degree murder in the sex-slayings of 14 year old Leslie Mahaffy and 15 year-old Kristen French. Behind closed doors with her lawyer and the police, and then again on the witness stand, Karla confessed that she helped Bernardo procure young victims to appease his desire for brutal sex with under age girls. She also confessed that one of those victims had been her own sister, Tammy.
In her 2005 interview with CBC Radio-Canada, Karla Homolka told reporter Joyce Napier that she has a particularly hard time coping with what she did around the holidays, presumably because of what she did to Tammy:
I think about it all the time. At every anniversary, every Christmas, all the time.
That makes sense, right? It seems perfectly logical that drugging, raping, and "accidentally" killing your baby sister on Christmas Eve would make it difficult to embrace the holiday spirit in years to come. Fortunately for Karla, Christmas hasn't been all bad since that unfortunate drug/rape/murder incident.
The following snips were taken from a social networking account known to belong to Karla Homolka:
December 4, 2009
Q: Tell us where you go, or where you have gone to see the best Christmas lights display.
A: Niagara Falls! I love the displays there, especially how the falls is lit up. Gorgeous!
For those familiar with the more intimate details of this horrifying case, Bernardo proposed to Karla in Niagara Falls on December 24, 1989 -- exactly one year before the fatal attack on Tammy. Evidently, her memories are so fond that they could not be tarnished by something so trivial as marrying a serial sex predator and heading down an utterly repulsive path of sex, death, and videotape.
December 8, 2009
Q: Tell us about how you decorate your Christmas tree! What color lights, what type of decorations…are they hand made? Passed down through generations? What’s on top?
A: we just decorated our tree last night! we use white lights and a bunch of different ornaments. every year we buy a new, special ornament for each of the kids. i love that. and we have a star on the top of our tree.
A bright, shining star atop the Christmas tree; sounds lovely, doesn't it? Her description calls to mind a tree I know I've seen before...
Paul & Karla spending their last Christmas together.
Just out of frame, a picture Karla's dead sister adorns a tabletop.