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Invisible Darkness: The Strange Case of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka [NOOK Book]

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Invisible Darkness is the story of one of the more bizarre cases in recent memory--killings so sensational that they prompted the Canadian government, in the interests of justice, to silence its national press and to lock foreign journalists out of the courts.



To all appearances, Paul and Karla Bernardo had a fairytale marriage--beautiful working-class girl weds bright ...
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Overview

Invisible Darkness is the story of one of the more bizarre cases in recent memory--killings so sensational that they prompted the Canadian government, in the interests of justice, to silence its national press and to lock foreign journalists out of the courts.



To all appearances, Paul and Karla Bernardo had a fairytale marriage--beautiful working-class girl weds bright upper-middle-class guy and they buy a fashionable dream house in the suburbs. But, bored with his straight, prestigious accounting job, Paul soon went freelance as an international smuggler. He also revealed his boredom with conventional sex--enough so that, one Christmas Eve, he persuaded his wife to drug her own sister and engage in a menage a trois, during which the sister died (a bungling coroner ruled her death accidental).The couple then upped the ante, kidnapping and imprisoning several high school girls for sexual marathons, which they videotaped before savagely murdering their captives. When the girls' bodies were found, the police were stymied (although Paul had been accused of rape and given a DNA test that vanished for two years and only recently was linked to some fifty sexual-assault cases) until Karla tried to have her husband arrested for wife beating. During questioning, she confessed to the crimes and is now serving two concurrent twelve-year sentences for manslaughter in exchange for testifying against her husband who was jailed for life.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307569653
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/14/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 158,031
  • File size: 4 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2001

    No Regard for Human Dignity

    This is a true story of how evil is so much a part of the world in which we live because of deranged or possessed people--you decide. It is also the story of how the police force is not always there 'to protect and serve'; sometimes they are not even 'there'. The book is a compilation of facts that anyone could have thrown together. Steven Williams has done great research and is very knowledgeable about the subject, but his dismal style is long and drawn out. He could easily have eliminated 200 pages of irrelevant text. If you want a list of all the horrifying criminal activities of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka with the Canadian police force missing every clue along the way, then this book is for you. If you want a well-written story that gets to the point, then I suggest you pass on this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Invisible darkness

    Both karla and paul are mentally ill. Karlas mom and dad had to have a clue of what was going on in their own basement. Are they that clueless! I hope karla has a crappy future. May she always think about what she did. At least that psyco paul will never be free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Poorly written, tons of grammatical errors, jumps around too muc

    Poorly written, tons of grammatical errors, jumps around too much, and too much irrelevant information

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Horrid

    Not a crime novel or a novel period, this book is indecent and stomach churning. I didnt get far nor did I want to continue when I deleted this book, its horrid. I thought it was a crime novel its not, Frankly, its sick. Its a complete waste of money

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    These two are bad news!

    For those of you that dont know, Karla Holmolka has been out of prison for several years. Someone tell me why this horrible woman was able to get out of jail when she helped her sick partner turned husband committ every single one of these crimes including murdering and raping and sodomizing her own 16 yr old sister! Those poor parents lost their innocent daughter and their other daughter is guilty for the crime. Ive read many true crime books but i dont think i have ever read such a horriffic story. So where is she now? Just watch your back!

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Too Many Gory Details

    Although i pretty much liked reading this book it is not well written. Too much attention was placed on the gruesome details. Paul Bernardo disappears at the end of the book and all the emphasis was placed on Karla. The author could of cut out about 100 pages and i would have gotten his message. Karla's interviews go on too long and Paul is nowhere to be seen or heard. It should also be update as Karla is now out of jail and married with a child. (!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2006

    very xplicit

    wow i think thi was the most distubing and chilling book iv ever read and i cant believe i go to the same school paul went to and also my brother goes to tammys school i still cant bealive a killer a devil came from a quiete peace full community like ours but grew up to be a horrible devil. and i cant beleive karla got out in 12 years she should be locked up with that horrible man beacasue shes just the same but the book was very well written id defitnetly give it a 5 star the author took time and got word for word and those girls life had to cut short soo young.i took a great interest in this topic and it just made my cry knowing ppl like paul and karla can do to girls like me and how horrible it may have been.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2005

    That muderous & evil woman got out this month!

    I had to read this book after the story broke that she was being released. I wanted to know what all the hype was about. After reading this book, I can now understand why the press was all over it. This book was extremely graphic and I recommend it to those wanting to know more about the sicko 'battered wife' and the 'deal with the devil'. I heard on the news that she met a nice man while she was in prison. She wants to marry him. Such a surprise that it's convict that's in prison for crimes against children. Good luck Canada!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    The injustice is mind boggling

    Excellent book. Well written and fully fleshed out. The book meets its goal: to inform the world of what these two people did, and publicize the unbelievable fact that Karla will be back out soon. She may never kill again...but she shouldn't have the right to live among the free again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    I can't believe it

    I can't believe how graphic it is! I bought this book because i was interested in learning more about the couple but i learded more and if you like graphic stuff read this book but if you don't then pass it on!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2002

    Excellent Book

    This is another book, one of 4, written about Paul and Karla. Although this doesn't contain any interviews with any of their friends, you'll have to read 'Deadly Innocence' for those, it's still VERY informative. This book focuses mainly on Karla, while she's in the hospital after their arrests. Nevertheless, it's a very good book. You'll definitely want it if you have the others!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2001

    Couldn't finish the book. to disturbing.

    I bought this book because I was interested in the case. But it was so graphic in detail that I couldn't finish it. the way they killed the girl Kristen was just to awful. If you like a book that is very detailed, then read it. But if you are tender hearted, pass on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2000

    Absolutely The Best

    I started to read the book, and I felt I really shouldn't read it (as I am not exactly of appropriate age). However, I could not put it down. I read it all in 1 day. The descriptions were magnificent. My friends agreed with me. It was truly the best and most horrific book I have ever read (but I'm only 13, so I haven't read thousands of books. I'm sure that it will take a lot to top this one, though).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2000

    Not for the squeamish!

    I only gave this book 4 stars because it didn't tell what Paul said in his defense about the actual killings of Kristen and Leslie, though the prosecution did ask Karla some interesting questions about them. Other than that, this book was very complete in its description of Paul and Karla, their upbringings, and their life of mental depravity. This is a very good true crime book, in that it explains a lot of background in Canadian laws and draws the reader into the story right away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 1999

    Chilling descent into evil

    This book affected me in a very deep way. Watching how Karla and Paul continued to spiral downward further into evil is truly chilling. I like the fact that the author chose not to portray Karla as a 'victim,' but shows her in the true light of who she is...cunning, calculating, and truly frightening. I definitely recommend this book as the definitive title on this horrifying subject.

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