Who is Thierry Bordelais? The story of Karla Homolka's second husband

Who is Thierry Bordelais? The story of Karla Homolka's second husband

Thierry Bordelais became a subject of public scrutiny when people learned he was Karla Homolka's second husband. Karla drew international attention after being found guilty of multiple killings and sentenced to twelve years in prison. The Canadian murder convict helped her first husband, Paul Bernardo, in murdering and molesting at least three teenagers between 1990 and 1992.

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Thierry married Karla after she completed her jail sentence. Photo: @Fascinated with serial killers and true crime, @WatchingKarlaH (modified by author)
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The media and the public have followed up on Thierry and Karla's relationship since they made it public. His being the brother of the lawyer who represented Karla in her murder case made the public even more invested in their relationship. Many believe Thierry Bordelais' background is related to the legal profession.

Profile summary

Full nameThierry Bordelais
Place of birthCanada
Current residenceQuebec, Canada
Relationship status Married
WifeKarla Homolka
SiblingsSylvie Bordelais

Who is Thierry Bordelais?

Thierry Bordelais is famously known for being Karla Homolka's current husband. He was born in Canada and has a brother named Sylvie Bordelais.

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Bordelais' wife was born on 4 May 1970 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, to Karel Homolka and Dorothy Homolka. She is 53 years old as of February 2023.

What is Thierry Bordelais' job?

Karla Homolka's husband is a Canadian attorney but keeps his career low profile to avoid attracting attention to himself.

How did Thierry Bordelais and Karla Homolka meet?

Karla met Thierry during her trial when his brother was her trial lawyer. They fell in love and married in 2005 after completing her 12-year jail sentence.

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Facts about Thierry Bordelais. Photo: @WatchingKarlaH on Facebook (modified by author)
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How many children does Thierry Bordelais have?

The couple has three children, two boys and a girl. The family moved frequently to avoid public scrutiny and harassment from reporters. They once lived in the Antilles before settling in Chateauguay, Quebec.

When did Karla and Thierry Bordelais divorce?

The two are presumably still together as a couple since there is no reliable information about their divorce from any valid source.

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Is Karla Homolka still married to Thierry?

It is believed they are still married but live separately. Due to protests from parents of her children's schoolmates, Karla left Chateauguay and has resided in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield without Thierry and their children since January 2020.

How long have Thierry Bordelais and Karla Homolka been married?

The couple is believed to have been married for over 18 years, from 2005 to date.

What is Thierry Bordelais' current residence?

He reportedly resides with his children in Chateauguay, Quebec, in Canada.

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Karla (L) aided Paul in killing her sister, Tammy (R). Photo: @WatchingKarlaH, @Fascinated with serial killers and true crime (modified by author)
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Thierry Bordelais' wife's story

Karla's father was a traveling salesman, while her mother was a stay-at-home mom. She had two younger two siblings: a sister called Tammy, whose murder she contributed to, and a brother named Logan Valentini.

Growing up, Karla enjoyed reading and drawing. She was drawn to crime stories after reading The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. As she grew older, her love for crime stories increased when she began using addictive substances.

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Things would later take an unexpected turn in her life. At 17, she met Paul Kenneth Bernardo at a conference in Toronto, and they developed a dark, sadomasochistic relationship.

Bernando was allegedly upset that Karla was not chaste when they met. So, she is said to have offered up her 15-year-old sister, Tammy, as a "maiden sacrifice" to him.

Tammy became their first victim in the mid-1990s. Due to Bernardo's obsession with teenagers, Karla helps him molest her by injecting Valium into her pasta. The girl was asleep when he molested her.

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Paul and Karla had a dark, sadomasochistic relationship. Photo: @criminalbehaviours, @horrorvsreality (modified by author)
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Six months before their 1991 wedding, Karla stole the anesthetic agent halothane from the clinic. On 23 December 1990, the couple sedated Tammy with halothane, an animal anesthetic agent, by administering the sleeping pills in a rum-and-eggnog cocktail.

After the assault, Tammy fell sick while unconscious and choked to death on her vomit. Karla and Bernando covered up the assault evidence and called an ambulance after failed attempts to revive her. She passed away at St. Catharine's General Hospital while still unconscious.

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Since the autopsy could not detect inhalation anesthetic substances in Tammy's system, her death was ultimately deemed an accident as a result of choking on vomit after consumption of alcohol, despite the chemical burn on her face.

Between 1991 and 1992, the couple assaulted and killed two other teenage girls and made video recordings of both crimes.

On 15 June 1991, Paul came across Leslie Erin Mahaffy, 14, outside her house on his way to steal license plates. She had been locked out of her home for a missed curfew after attending a friend's wake. Paul kidnapped her and drove her in his car to his and Karla's house, where they assaulted and killed her.

Kristen Dawn French, 15, was Karla and Bernardo's last victim before they were arrested. The pair kidnapped her at a parking lot of nearby Grace Lutheran Church. They tortured and molested her over the Easter weekend, then murdered and dumped her uncovered body in a ditch in Burlington.

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Paul and Karla video-recorded themselves assaulting Leslie (L) and Kristen (R). Photo: @In Loving Memory of Angels, @Murderpedia (modified by author)
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French's body was found on 30 April 1992, about forty-five minutes from St. Catharine's and a short distance from the cemetery where Mahaffy is buried.

In 1993, Karla left the marriage and went to the police to report his abusive behavior. The videotapes the couple had made of their crimes clearly showed she not as a victim, as she had initially claimed, but as a willing partner.

Bernando and Karla were apprehended in 1993. She was sentenced to 12 years in prison for manslaught*r, while her now ex-husband was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Between 1987 and 1990, Bernardo committed increasingly vicious serial sex assaults in and around Scarborough. He attacked most of his victims after stalking them as they got off buses late in the evening. There are over 15 known cases of him assaulting teenagers and adult women.

Karla was released in 2005 with nine conditions, including attending therapy, keeping the police updated on her residence and workplace, and never associating with anyone under the age of 16. She attempted to change her name to Emily Chiara Tremblay, but the authorities denied her request.

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Who is Paul Bernardo married to now?

Paul Bernardo has never remarried ever since he parted ways with Karla Komolka. The man is serving a life sentence for the murders of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French in the early 1990s.

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Karla served 12 years behind bars. Photo: @WatchingKarlaH, @Fascinated with serial killers and true crime (modified by author)
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Will Bernardo ever be released?

Bernardo might never be released from prison. He was considered an "inmate in danger" when he was first sent to the Kingston Penitentiary in 1995 and was involuntarily segregated for 18 years until the prison closed. He applied for transfer to La Macaza in November 2022 and had applied to move to Bath Institution in Ontario earlier in the year but was rejected.

Facts about Thierry Bordelais

  • His wife, Karla Homolka, is also known as Karla Leanne Teale or Karla Leanne Bordelais.
  • Thierry is not on any social networking site.
  • He keeps his life and children out of the limelight.

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Many judged Thierry Bordelais negatively for marrying a Canadian serial killer when the news broke out. The public still wonders why he decided to be Karla Homolka's husband, of all the people he could have married.

Yen.com.gh listed the most notorious black serial killers. Statistics show that about 82% of American serial killers are white, 15% are black, and 2.5% are Hispanic.

Around 87% of American serial killers act alone, while 10% are in pairs or groups. Some commit crimes in specific geographic areas, while others travel widely.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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