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Paul Bernardo

Paul Bernardo (Teale) (1964-), Canadian criminal, is known for the shocking murders he committed with his wife Karla Homolka[?].

On June 15, 1991 Bernardo kidnapped fourteen-year-old Leslie Mahaffy who he then raped and murdered. Her dismembered body was found in Lake Gibson. On April 16, 1992 Bernardo, with the assistance of Homolka, kidnapped Kristen French from a church parking lot. Again, Bernardo abused and murdered her. Later that year Bernardo started physically abusing Homolka, and as a consequence she left him in January 1993. In return for a plea bargain (twelve years in prison) Homolka agreed to testify against Bernardo in his murder trial. (This plea bargain received much criticism.)

Bernardo's trial took place in 1995. During the trial, Bernardo claimed the deaths were accidental. On September 1, 1995, Bernardo was convicted of the murders.

Bernardo and Homolka were also responsible for the accidental death of Homolka's younger sister Tammy. Homolka reportedly wanted to "give" Tammy to Bernardo as a Christmas present. To do so, she drugged her sister with Halcion[?]-laced drinks and then used a halothane-laced cloth to further sedate her. As a consequence of the drugs, Tammy threw up and died from choking on her vomit.

Bernardo also committed a number of rapes in the Scarborough, Ontario[?] area, causing him to become known as the "Scarborough Rapist".

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