KARLA HOMOLKA, WHAT’S ALL THE HOOPLA?

Being a Canadian, it is impossible not to know about the horrific past of Karla. We know about the tragic events that made her infamous, and the evil that she has committed. While I know this is a touchy subject, and that I will hear about this column from friends and loved ones, I feel I must at least touch on a few things that are on my mind.

As of the last few months, there has been talk of the release of the major studio film ‘Deadly’, which is all about Karla and her husband, whose name I am not going to waste pixels on. The outcry has been loud here in southern Ontario where I live, and understandably so. The thing that bothers me is that people here are demanding that this film not be aired in Canada.

What makes this film so special that it should warrant censorship? The problem is not that this film will play here, the problem lies in the fact that so many are bound to go and see it. That is indeed troubling. We ought to be a better society. The reason I ask what makes this film special is that this will not be the first movie that has aired here that deals with real life events that are horrific and evil, and that someone wants to recreate on celluloid to make a profit off of.

What about those films? What about the families of those victims? My heart goes out to the Mahaffy and French families, truly it does. But my heart goes out to all of the other families that have had the memories of such evil resurrected in the name of art or entertainment. I agree that this film should not play, I will go further to lament the fact that anyone even desired to produce or star in it. The question remains. What makes this film so special? Shouldn’t we stay away from all such portrayals of evil? Shouldn’t we have more respect for all the victims of such acts, regardless of where they took place? Are they any less worthy of our compassion and respect? Of course not.

Another issue is all of the attention that the release of this woman is generating. Day after day I hear the media pander to public outrage, not to publish the truth, but to sell papers. It used to be that the media published facts, and now they just keep the hype going. Consider this; our system of justice is based on the premise that once you have served your time, your debt to society is paid in full. Karla is not being released on parole or probation. She has served her full sentence, and as such, she has the right to be left alone, to live where she wants, to go where she wants, with whom she wants.

You may ask me, what about the rights of those girls? Indeed. What about them? That is one of the reasons for this website, that it may cause you to think. The problem isn’t with Karla being released after serving her sentence, the problem lies with the fact that her sentence was a joke to begin with. If she were to have done this in the United States, for example, the chance that she would ever walk down a street in any city as a free person would be so close to zero that it wouldn’t register. But alas, this is Canada, country of the kind and compassionate, a liberal love zone. Canadians get what they vote for, that is why Karla Homolka will have the constitutional right to live next door to you.