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Karla: A Pact with the Devil

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"People want me in max so my life will be hard but it really isn't. There are absolutely no responsibilities here. Everything is provided. We can spend the day sleeping, sun-tanning or doing whatever we want all day every day."
--Karla Homolka in a letter to author Stephen Williams

"Well, they say 'Never say never' and they're right," Karla wrote in her startling first lette
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Paperback, 544 pages
Published May 9th 2004 by Seal Books (first published February 1st 2003)
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Paul Bernardo and Karla Holmolka were husband and wife Canadians who were responsible for the rapes and murder of at least three young women, and Bernardo also responsible for at least 19 other rapes. More infamously, the couple are responsible for the rape and murder of Homolka’s 16 year old sister, Tammy.

The book Karla, is the second by the author on the “Barbie and Ken Killers”, although mainly focuses on Karla and the inside ‘scoop’ of the deal she cut with the prosecution of her husband and
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Erin
Aug 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
A meandering mess of a book - Williams, who wrote the decent INVISIBLE DARKNESS tries to cash in on the public (well, the Canadian public) fascination with the Homolka/Bernardo case (I first became aware of it when I found DEADLY INNOCENCE, what I have found to be the best book on the subject in a bookstore in Nova Scotia). Williams began a correspondence with Homolka while she was still in prison and alternates between condemning her and condemning the Canadian justice system for their unfair t ...more
Lisa
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really liking this one so far. I am more interested in how this person (if you want to call her a person) managed to convince a lot of people that she was "abused" and was forced to do horrific acts by her equally SICK husband. I think she was/is more disgusting that he is. I wanted to know more about her and how her mind works, not hear the author get up on a personal political soapbox. blah. I also read Invisible Darkness and was not too impressed with that either. Stephen Williams is ...more
Katherine
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: true-crime, canadian
When I started reading this, I would have given it 4 1/2 stars. It sucked me in right away, and had this crazy observant perspective that actually gave me (some) empathy for Karla. It explored the massive mistakes made by law enforcement during the case, and the serious flaws in Canada's justice system. It did shed an informative light on the role of the Canadian penal institutions, though, as being a place of rehabilitation, not punishment.
Where this book lost so many points with me was about h
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Lauren
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: true-crime
I found reading this book to be somewhat of a frustrating exercise. I felt it was painting Karla as another one of Paul's victims when I believe that she was far more involved in the heinous crimes that the two of them perpetrated.
Amy
Jul 26, 2011 added it
Pretty good book.
Kyla
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I found fascinating about this book was it's in depth look at the factors leading to the deal with Karla--the bureaucracy, lack of cooperation and communication as well as face-saving.
Em
May 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Boring.
Williams' writing is irritating and self-absorbed.
Kristen Robinson
Jun 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst true crime book I've ever read. And I love true crime!!
If you want a good book about this story, read Lethal Marriage by Nick Pron
Louise
Mar 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
"Well, they say never say never and they're right," Karla wrote in her startling first letter to Stephen Williams. "Never in a million years did I think I would ever write a letter to someone from the media, let alone you who has condemned me so harshly." Thus began one of the most controversial correspondences in Canadian history.

Karla picks up where Williams's first book on the case, 'Invisible Darkness', left her, painting her nails in her cell in solitary confinement in the gothic tower of K
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Stephanie
Ok, So I started this book and out of the gate it seemed very insightful, full of great time line points and feedback on the important people that helped create the greatest mis-step ever made in Canadian legal history. Karla lawyer is brilliant and had huge foresight which is more than I can say for so many others who were thrown together at that time.
At some point in the book I started feeling like the author was speaking just to hear himself speak. I was skipping pages because he became so r
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Gregory Klages
The tale Williams tells has all the hallmarks of a great work: internationally noteworthy crime, nationally much-discussed and controversial plea bargain, and suggestions of investigative and prosecutorial shortcomings.

I found myself distracted by Williams' rather awkward story-telling, and the poor editing of the book. Williams seems to fancy himself a cross between Truman Capote and Hunter S. Thomson. He blends comments on his own adventures, the food he's dining on and the company he keeps,
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Breanna
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
I read this immediately after finishing Invisible Darkness, which I think was a bad idea. A lot of this book relays information that was given in the first book, which is to be expected, however it did elaborate on some things and was overall enjoyable. I am quite fond of Williams' style of writing and upon starting this I had intentions on reading the other two books on Homolka & Bernardo (Lethal Marriage, Deadly Innocence) and now I am aware that Invisible Darkness along with this novel wi ...more
Crystal Vojt
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
living in the next town over from this crime i wanted to read about it but as i was reading it i was hating her even more she was not victim to him but a partner and was just as bad as him if not worse cause it was not until she stepped in that people actually started dying
Erika Nerdypants
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erika by: Mary Cahill
Chilling, definitely left me feeling disturbed, but nonetheless a good study of Karla Homolka.
Jenny
Sep 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a self-righteous and vindictive rant.
Robyn
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Interesting but should have been about half as long. Was too repetitive.
Sarah Hyde
Interesting look at the Canadian Criminal Justice System and CSC, through the lens of the Homolka/Bernardo crimes.

Writing style made it somewhat hard for me to stay immersed.
Angie
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book.I LOVE this author!
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Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A direct descendant of Horace Greeley who said "Go West, young man, go West" (whereupon Greeley went East and founded "The New York Tribune" for which Karl Marx became a stringer,)

Stephen Williams began his writing career in his early teens after noting the hypnotic effect the lyrics from Bob Dylan's first album had on women and reading "Les Sous sond fait" by John Paul Satre.

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