3. The Hidden Tapes
After Bernardo’s arrest, police began an extensive search at 57 Bayview Drive, the home Bernardo and Homolka had shared. The investigation hung on the word of Homolka; she insisted that her statements could be confirmed if detectives found a series of videotapes documenting the rape, torture, and murder of Tammy Homolka, Leslie Mahaffy, and Kristen French. Investigators searched the home for 71 days. Over 100 tapes were discovered—including those documenting the rapes of Jane Doe. The Schoolgirl tapes were not found.
Once the police search concluded, Bernardo’s defense team entered the property. They claimed they were clearing out personal items on behalf of Bernardo. On May 6, 1993, Ken Murray, Bernardo’s lawyer, said he found a letter in his briefcase from Bernardo. The letter instructed Murray to open it only when he was inside the home. The letter contained directions to a pot light, leading to a small attic space. It was here that Murray claimed to discover the tapes documenting the rape and torture of the schoolgirl victims.
Upon watching the tapes, Murray found that Karla was far more involved than her testimony suggested. He withheld the tapes from the prosecution in order to discredit their star witness. Despite his efforts, Homolka’s plea deal protected her. The tapes could not be used against Karla, and Murray was tried for obstructing justice. He was acquitted in 2000.