“Karla” Is Based On The True Story Of Canada’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

June 17, 2016 — The press dubbed the couple “The Ken and Barbie Killers,” a name that seemingly dispelled some of the horror attached to Canada’s most notorious serial killers. But nothing can dispel the repulsiveness of the crimes they committed. Karla tells the story of their relationship and crimes, from the perspective of one of the perpetrators.

Karla Homolka and her husband Paul Bernardo kidnapped, raped and killed three young girls and videotaped themselves performing these crimes; one of the girls was Homolka’s own sister. 

After the two were connected to the crimes, they were tried in a Canadian court of law. Bernardo was convicted on two counts of murder without possibility of parole. Karla was sentenced to twelve years in exchange for a guilty plea for manslaughter.

The film shows Homolka already in jail; she is speaking to a psychologist at Canada’s Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, trying to convince him that she deserves parole. She tries to  make him believe that she was acting under duress. She tells him her version of the story of the rapes and murders blaming it all on her former husband, who beat her brutally when he was angry

Laura Prepon, who, as an actress, has spent more than her share of time in jail — she played Alex in 30 episodes of Orange Is the New Black — plays the unrepentant Karla.

The movie caused a significant amount of outrage in Canada, where it was felt that Karla’s side of the story went uncontested — many in Canada through she had gotten much too light a jail sentence for her part in three perverse and grisly crimes.

Karla is available on DVD. 
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