the scarborough rapist
In 1988 a sexual predator was loose in Scarborough during spring time and by may alone seven women were attacked. The women were assaulted in bushes after being attacked from behind either usually getting off of a bus or on a walk late at night. They were originally just touched sexually however in thirteen months the attacks progressed to forced oral sex, intercorse and sodamy. They were also sometimes beaten and he made them call themselves degrading names such as "slut". No accurate description could be given by these women and so in autumn 1988 the police called in a FBI profiler to help them out. He analysed police reports for several months and linked four more attacks to the Scarborough rapist which then gave the total of 11. The assaults were now getting more and more serious and the risks of murder were worrying many people. In May 1990 police released a sketch of the Scarborough rapist to the media and many friends of Paul were stunned by the resemblance. They contacted the police and by november the same year many others had also gave his name to the police. Paul was then arrested, they questioned him and requested a DNA sample. DNA on the other hand was still new to forensics back then and not highly developed. Around the same time he moved to St. Catharines and live with Karla and her parents until they could afford a home of their own. Assaults then stopped in Scarborough but started in St. Catharines. Karla and her family however never came assumption that it was Paul. Shortly after this Tammy Homolka was murdered and Karla and Paul moved into their own place. One night Paul woke Karla with the surprise of Leslie they assaulted her and killed her and hid he body encased in concrete blocks and thew them in a lake. two weeks later on Paul and karla's wedding day she was found. During the next year the Niagara police were hunting for clues to find the murderer of the teenager's murderer. FBI profiler Gregg McCrary assisted with the investigation. He was also asked to help with the Scarborough rapes more than two years before but he had no reasons to connect the rapes to Leslie or the rapes in St Catharines. In 1992 on April 16th Paul and Karla abducted Kristen French however their were eyewitnesses and they saw her abduction take place. The police put together investigators and called the green ribbon task force. They made the link to Leslie however a false lead on the car that took her helped Karla and Paul get away with raping and beating her for several days until they finally strangled her. Her body was found on the 30th April 1992 in a ditch towards the cemetery that Leslie was buried in. After this Paul and Karla's relationship became very violent and in January 1993 Paul beat her so badly she had to have treatment in an emergency room. She was left with two black eyes and a broken rib and after less than two years of marriage she moved out. Around the same time as this Paul's DNA samples were finally tested and they got in touch with Karla about the results. Paul was then identified as the man responsible for the scarborough rapes and they thought the murders of Lesley and Kristen were also linked to Paul but they could not conclude this. The green ribbon task force questioned Karla and after the interview Karla broke down and confessed everything to her family as she thought the police would find out about the crimes anyway. She then hired a lawyer and told them Paul was the Scarborough rapist. She admitted to being involved in the deaths of Kristen and Leslie and she agreed to testify against Paul for a reduced sentence. She also made a full confession to the police but told them Paul forced her to get involved in the tasks. She told them about the video tapes and all the physical evidence were on these. Word quickly spread about this breakthrough. The police moved fast giving Paul no time to run. on the 17th February Paul was arrested and they searched the home. After a 71 day search they did not find the video tapes so Karla's deal for a short sentence was accepted as they didn't have enough evidence against Paul. On June 28th 1993 Karla appeared in court to face the charges against her. Journalists were allowed in however they were only allowed to comment on charges and sentence. Karla was sentenced 12 years for manslaughter and in august 1993 whilst in prison Karla filed for divorce. Paul's trial began on the 18th may 1995 and it lasted nearly 4 months. He pleaded not guilty and people queued for blocks to try sit inside. The videos were found by this point. Paul claimed he never murdered anyone and that was all Karla. On september 1st 1995 Paul was sentenced 31 years as he was found guilty of 9 charges. He then later confessed to 14 more women and the manslaughter of Tammy.