Invisible Darkness: The Strange Case of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka

Invisible Darkness: The Strange Case of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka

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by Stephen Williams, Steven Williams
     
 

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Perfect for fans of Making a Murderer and The People v. O. J. Simpson, 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.

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Perfect for fans of Making a Murderer and The People v. O. J. Simpson, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553568547
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
532
Sales rank:
547,220
Product dimensions:
6.88(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Williams is a Canadian investigative journalist and writer. His reputation was solidified by the continuing success of two books, Invisible Darkness: The Strange Case of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka and Karla: A Pact with the Devil. Williams has been twice arrested for his writing, once in 1998 and again in 2003, criminally charged with more than one hundred counts of disobeying court orders and publication bans, twice put on trial over the eight-year period between 1998 and 2005, and twice exonerated. Williams has received the Hellman-Hammett Award from the Human Rights Watch, an award presented annually to journalists who have been prosecuted by totalitarian regimes such as China and Iran.

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Invisible Darkness 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Poorly written, tons of grammatical errors, jumps around too much, and too much irrelevant information
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Wendy Eichers More than 1 year ago
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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vicpf51 More than 1 year ago
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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RHale More than 1 year ago
DISGUSTING!!! Both the Writing and the Story Not worth the money or the time. I put it down less than halfway through and it is now residing in a landfill somewhere. The story itself was quite awful enough without the author's sophomoric descriptions and phrases. The subject matter being written about was so sensitive and brutal that the writer's clumsy handling of the story just turned this in to some bad B rated, soft-core porn novel. There are ways to convey messages about crawling in the gutter without actually crawling in the gutter. This story could have been told - every sick, evil and twisted detail brought to light - without using even half of the cruel, crude descriptive methods employed in this book. The people being written about are/were REAL HUMAN BEINGS. Every one of them (with the exception of Karla and Paul) deserved to have their stories told by someone that was capable of remembering that. I would NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. If you're looking for sloppy, third rate storytelling by a crude horndog then this may be the book for you. If not, give it a miss.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.