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Book Title: Invisible Darkness: The Horrifying Case of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka|
The author of the book: Stephen Williams
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Date of issue: November 25th 2013
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“Invisible Darkness” is a thoroughly researched, balanced look at the horrifying case of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. Expertly drawn, with compassion for the victims, the book draws on voluminous research and court documents unavailable until now. Williams details the incredible coincidences and mistakes that allowed Paul and Karl to elude detection for so many years. For instance, had Paul Bernardo’s DNA been tested immediately when he was questioned as the Scarborough Rapist, instead of sitting on a crowded shelf in the forensic lab for two years, he would have gone on trial for that series of attacks rather than the murders of the three young women he and his lovely bride went on to rape and kill.
Despite the efforts of the Metropolitan Toronto and Niagara Region Police forces, not to mention the vast amounts of money spent on the special Green Ribbon Task Force, Paul Bernardo almost got away. He could even have been freed after arrest and questions, given that he was not allowed to call a lawyer during his lengthy initial interrogation. “Invisible Darkness” tells the whole story behind Canada’s “Ken and Barbie killers” and raises many important questions about freedom of the press, the right of the public to have full access to the courts and Karla’s much discussed deal with the Attorney General and police.
Just as fascinating as the legal aspects of the story is Williams’ penetrating look at the characters and backgrounds of these two beautiful, seemingly successful young people. What on earth could have driven a young preppy accountant and his beautiful fiancé to such depths of cruelty and depravity, including the murder of Karla’s own sister? Was it in fact Karla who actually killed one or more of the victims? Rather than a victim of battered woman’s syndrome as portrayed by the Attorney General in justifying the deals, Karla is shown here to be at least as sadistic and twisted as her male counterpart.
The stunning result of more than three years of research and interviews with police officers, eye-witnesses, friends, enemies, psychiatrists and lawyers involved with the cases, “Invisible Darkness” is sure to become a classic study of a criminal spree that has riveted people all over the world since the perpetrators were discovered tried.
The fact that Karla was released from jail, free and clear, in 2005, married her lawyer’s brother and now has three small children makes an already tragic and unique tale of murder and mayhem even more haunting. Karla now divides her time between the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and Montreal, Quebec and lives virtually anonymously gives “Invisible Darkness” and the back story about how and why Karla got the deal she did ever resonant. Read attentively. There is far more here than meets the eye.
WHAT THE REVIEWERS SAID ABOUT INVISIBLE DARKNESS:
“The True Crime genre is, in the hands of artists like Truman Capote and Stephen Williams, a kind of poetry, a kind of austere grand guignol, exuding gaudy horror.”
George Elliott Clarke, HALIFAX HERALD CHRONICLE
“By far the most intelligent and subversive of the Bernardo triptych.”
Lynn Crosbie, GLOBE AND MAIL
"Williams has performed a remarkable, if unconventional, feat in the annals of true crime"
Judge Lynn King, TORONTO STAR
“I found Invisible Darkness a superior example of a dying breed – the straight, un-hyped, literate work of true-crime.”
Jack Olsen, Edgar-Award winning author of SON and DOC
"You may think you've heard enough but you haven't heard the half of it. It's a must read ....Based on court documents....
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Read information about the authorA 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.
First published at 19, he studied with Marshall McLuhan, Northrop Frye and Irving Layton. Shortly thereafter he got a job picking and packing books in the Toronto warehouse of Oxford University Press.
Among other things Williams has been a trucker, a poet, an advertising executive, a warehouse grunt and a bible salesman.
His reputation as a writer and a journalist was solidified by the international success of two books, "Invisible Darkness: The Horrifying Case of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka" and "Karla: A Pact with the Devil."
These two non-fiction books have been described as "stories of unimaginabel deviance set in the apocalyptic landscape in and around Niagara Falls."
"Invisible Darkness" and "Karla" have been favorably compared to Norman Mailer's "The Executioner's Song" and Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" while other critics have called him a "blowhard" and a "wannabe Hemingway."
The Attorney General for Ontario called him "a criminal" and a "serial trafficker in the misery of human victims."
One journalist probably summed him up best when she wrote, "People don't forget Williams. He thinks big. He is outspoken. And he loves the limelight, baby."
Of course, that's only one person's opinion.
In fact, Stephen Williams is something of a recluse and quite shy. All he asks is that you read his work mindfully and then make up your own mind.
Williams has been twice arrested, once in 1998 and again in 2003, and put on trial twice over an eight-year period for allegedly disobeying court orders and publication bans.
Not satisfied that the almost 100 criminal charges police laid against Williams were sufficient the Attorney General, Michael Bryant personally sued Stephen as "an enemy of the State."
The lawsuit sought unspecified damages and possession of all Williams' archives and research.
Stephen was acquitted of the first set of charges on November 30, 2000.
On January 14, 2005, he accepted a plea bargain suggested by Attorney General Bryant. He plead guilty to one count, summary conviction or misdemeanor, disobey pub ban to do with his website only.
In return the AG would withdraw the other 97 criminal charges that had been laid against him to do with both books and abandon the civil lawsuit.
It was the proverbial offer that cannot be refused, a great victory in a relentless confrontation with an unhinged government and a reckless Attorney General.
A few years later, Mr. Bryant found himself in jail accused of murder and has recently published a book about the ordeal called "28 Seconds.'
Bryant recounts the horrific details about how he killed a rancorous, drunken bike courier one evening after celebrating his 12th wedding anniversary in downtown Toronto's toney Yorkville and Bellair district.
A year later, police and prosecutors dropped all charges but by that time his political career was in shambles and his wife had left him. In "28 Seconds" he also admits that he was a raging alcoholic and recklessly chased power and publicity during his years in office.
Stephen Williams lives and continues to work on "Law and Disorder: The Globalization of the Police State" while periodically blogging (it can be accessed through his website). He lives on a rock scramble farm 90 miles northwest of Toronto with the writer Marsha Boulton and their Bull Terrier Thelonius Monk.
"Karla" has just been published in the United States and internationally as Kindle book, iBook, Kobo and a few other e-reader formats.