The Brutal Murder Of Tammy Homolka By The “Ken And Barbie Killers”
Christmas is a time for family. But Karla Homolka took that to a sick extreme when she agreed to help her fiancé, serial rapist Paul Bernardo, assault and ultimately kill her 15-year-old sister Tammy on Dec. 23, 1990.
By that point, Bernardo was known to police in Ontario, Canada, as the “Scarborough rapist,” though he had not yet been identified. Bernardo had raped or attempted to rape at least 19 women when he met Karla during his spree, and she indulged many of his dark desires.
But after the couple got engaged, Bernando confessed that he was bored with their sex life and disappointed that Karla hadn’t been a virgin when they met. So, the couple came up with a twisted solution. They decide to rape Karla’s younger sister, Tammy, during their family’s 1990 Christmas party.
Karla, who worked in a veterinary clinic, spiked Tammy’s drink with animal anesthetics. When the rest of the family went to sleep, she held a cloth soaked with Halothane over Tammy’s mouth and then took turns raping her with Paul, a brutal sexual assault that was captured on the couple’s video camera.
Though the couple had not meant to commit a Christmas murder, Tammy choked on her vomit and died. At the hospital, her death was ruled accidental as the result of alcohol poisoning. And Paul and Karla, not considered suspects in her death, went on to rape and kill again.
Between 1991 and 1993, they raped and murdered at least two young girls before Karla decided to turn Paul in after he beat her. The media swiftly dubbed the attractive, blond couple as the “Ken and Barbie Killers,” and their case captivated Canadians. But though Paul was sentenced to life in prison, Karla made a deal with the prosecution and was released in 2005.