The first episode of true crime documentary Ken and Barbie Killers: The Lost Murder Tapes aired on Sunday, 12 December via Discovery+. Part one of the four-part series introduced viewers to the horrific acts undertaken by Canadian couple Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka in the 1980s and 1990s.
Viewers are now wondering, where is Paul Bernardo in 2021? Is he still alive? Is he still in prison? Here’s some information surrounding his current circumstances.
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Who are the Ken and Barbie Killers?
Young couple Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka married in 1991 and painted a picture-perfect relationship but they soon became the most notorious killers in Canadian history after committing a series of horrific crimes.
The pair reportedly undertook shocking sex crimes over several years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. According to reports of the case, these were meant to satisfy Bernardo’s deviant desires, which were allegedly encouraged by his wife.
The couple are now known as the Ken and Barbie Killers – a nickname the press gave them based on their good looks and wealthy status. One half of the criminal duo, Bernado, is supposedly also known by the names Paul Jason Teale, “The Scarborough rapist” and “The schoolgirl killer”.
Bernardo’s partner, Karla Homolka, was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1970. Following the couple’s crimes, Homolka was convicted of manslaughter and served 12 years in prison before her release in 2005.
According to court documents from her trial, Homolka was able to obtain a plea deal after telling the court she was an unwilling participant in the crimes. Later, however, video tapes emerged that seemed to flip that narrative – and it’s these tapes the new docuseries focuses on.
But what happened to Paul Bernardo and where is he today?
Where is Paul Bernardo in 2021?
Born on 27 August 1964 in Scarborough, Toronto, Paul Bernado is now 57 years old. He was arrested for his crimes on 17 February 1993.
Global News reports Bernado was convicted in 1995 of first-degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault among other offences. Most of his almost three decades in prison have been spent in solitary confinement.
Bernardo was sentenced to life imprisonment at Kingston Penitentiary and is currently confined in Millhaven Institution.
In June 2021, Global News reported Paul Bernardo had failed in his second parole bid after the parents of two of his victims said he should never be released from his life sentence.
Paul Bernardo responded by describing his cruel and unusual punishment that entailed no meaningful human contact, insisting he was now a different person from who he was in his 20s. He said:
“I am no longer preoccupied with fantasies. Without a doubt, I’m low-risk. I have fought all deviant sexual behaviour for two years.”
The hearing officers of the Parole Board of Canada stated they were not persuaded that Bernado no longer posed a substantial risk of reoffending. The prisoner offered no release plan and was denied both day or full parole.
Watch The Lost Murder Tapes four-part series
Rated for audiences aged 18 and over, the series consists of four episodes that cover all the crimes and are named The Murders, The Tapes, The Deal, The Trial.
Despite obvious fascination with this case, some viewers don’t like the moniker Bernardo and Homolka were given as they feel it takes away the severity of their crimes:
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