"Schoolgirl Killer" now a teacher?
Surely, this cannot be...
In her $3 e-book Finding Karla, Paula Todd made a strong case for why she ventured to seek out
Karla Homolka, the woman who had reportedly fled to Guadeloupe with her new husband and child after serving a controversial 12 year prison sentence for her role in the sex-slayings of three Ontario teenagers.
Bloggers were now reporting that Homolka was teaching schoolchildren in the Caribbean. Karla Homolka teaching children?
[...] If there was a chance she was teaching children, many Canadians would want to know. And the only way to know was to find her.
Indeed, they would. Presumably, concerned parents in her new country of residence would want to know, as well. An estimated 65000 - 70000 copies of the 38-page booklet were purchased online; clearly, the public was eager to learn what "Karly Curls" was up to. However, after speaking with Homolka in person, Todd seemed convinced that the Teacher Karla myth was as good as debunked.
"Are you teaching? Are you a teacher?" Quickly she shakes her head and looks away. Something there. A disappointment. A slight embarrassment, perhaps. Earlier she'd complained to me that it was impossible to get anything official done on the island. "You have to know people," and apparently she and her husband do not.
[...] she's now a housewife trapped with her kids in a cage she built herself.
Maybe I am wrong, but I get the feeling that there is something Paula Todd isn't telling us just yet about her encounter with Karla Homolka. From where I'm standing, the numbers don't quite add up.
I found it somewhat troubling that Ms. Todd felt so compelled to investigate the reports that Karla was teaching that she took a leap of faith in travelling halfway across the world based on the word of online "stalkers, sleuths, and gossips." Yet, with the mere shake of Homolka's blonde head, the globe-trotting journalist quickly dropped the bone she had carried with her all the way from Canada, apparently satisfied that her burning question had been answered.
So... Is there any truth to the reports that Canada's Most Hated Woman is now making a living as a teacher of young minds?
Just this morning, I pulled together a few things which contradict Todd's decidedly inconclusive findings. The following snips are from social media profiles known to belong to Karla Homolka.
On one site, she posted:
well, I have given birth twice. [...] With my second, I was up pretty much immediately and went home a few hours after having her. I was back to my normal routine the next day and started teaching 10 days later.
i'm emily and this is my third baby, the second of which will be born naturally. [...] i'm 40 so i'm also ama. i'm a esl teacher and make and sell cloth diapers. i'm a natural mama all around.
What did you want to do for a living when you were a child? Did you go into that career? If not, what did/have you done instead? i wanted to be a vet, then an rcmp officer and a wife and mother. i was a vet tech for a while, never a cop and am a wife and mom. i am also an esl teacher and do translation. And I'm a WAHM.
And on another:
Posted: February 24, 2012
CRAP! I'm at work and just now got to the computer. Stupid tests taking up the computer room!!!!
Posted: December 19, 2009
I got another teaching job. I teach ESL at a private school, well, two private schools now. I've got a line on another job teaching english for the Chamber of Commerce. I really hope I can get in there because they pay extremely well. Not that I have much free time to work anymore though, lol.
Although Homolka (non-verbally) denied that she was working as a teacher during her surprise interview with Todd, she has identified teaching as her profession numerous times, in numerous online forums. As recently as 9 months ago, she complained that "stupid tests" were preventing her from scooping up limited-time offers on the web.
Please note that it took me all of about five minutes to prepare the examples listed above; I'm sure I could include a host of others if I had more time ;)