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Jailed Homolka falls for controlling killer

The London Free Press, by ALAN CAIRNS AND STEPHANIE RUBEC, Special to The Free Press, June 6, 2005

JOLIETTE, QUE. -- Karla Homolka's prison lover and avowed future husband is an abusive and controlling killer.

He is Jean-Paul Gerbet, 38, a French national serving a life sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Cathy Carretta, when she tried to leave him seven years ago.

Gerbet was named on Quebec TV yesterday by Cathy Carretta's father, Christian, who said he fears Homolka has found herself a replacement for ex-husband Paul Bernardo.

"He (Gerbet) is an individual who can be evil and I don't know what will come of him being chaperoned by Karla," he said.

"They are a diabolical couple and a horrifying couple," Carretta told the TVA network. "It resembles Bernardo."

Tim Danson, the Toronto lawyer representing the Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French families, said last night he has known about Gerbet for some time.

"It was one of many important factors which drove us to the conclusion we had to bring this application," Danson said, referring to an Ontario government application to restrict her freedom on her release from Joliette prison next month. Homolka is expected in court today to oppose the bid.

Danson said even experts who are the most "sympathetic" to Homolka and support her assertions of being a battered wife qualify their reports with, "If she doesn't associate with another Paul Bernardo."

"Her best case is premised on that fact," Danson said.

"She is attracted like a magnet to people like this is the point we're making," Danson said.

Carretta said Gerbet was a longtime family friend who had a history of violent love affairs before sweeping his daughter off her feet while at a European wedding.

Carretta said the relationship soon soured after Gerbet followed his daughter to Montreal.

"He is a kind of narcissist," Carretta said. "I asked Jean-Paul myself to leave Cathy alone, but I didn't foresee his reaction."

Gerbet broke into the Carretta family home in February 1998, strangled Cathy and stuffed her body into the trunk of his car. He then drove to the Carretta family cottage near Joliette where he attempted suicide.

The cottage where Carretta's body was found is a few kilometres from where Homolka appears in court today.

Homolka's prison affair with Gerbet began in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines maximum security prison while she was still involved in a lesbian relationship with longtime criminal Lynda Veronneau.

Homolka had referred to Veronneau as the "love of my life" and had planned to live with her after her release.

But when Homolka set eyes on Gerbet, she fell in love with him.

Homolka's link with Gerbet will be raised at today's hearing.

Ontario prosecutors are poised to tell the court experts have concluded Homolka may not be a threat to offend again -- unless she meets another Bernardo.

Homolka's controversial 12-year manslaughter sentence for her part in Bernardo's sex slayings of French, 15, and Mahaffy, 14, and the drug rape death of Homolka's sister, Tammy, 15, ends July 5.

Homolka will be released a day earlier -- July 4.

Ontario officials will today ask that Homolka report to police twice a month, disclose where she is living and working and notify police of any travel plans.

Prosecutors also will seek to have Homolka avoid other criminals and might specifically refer to Gerbet.

Homolka's affair with a male inmate was revealed in January 2003, when Sun Media reported Homolka, 35, met the man in the Ste-Anne-des-Plaines maximum security prison library, where he was an inmate helper.

That followed Sun Media's revelation Homolka had previously had a two-year affair with Veronneau.

Homolka quickly dumped Veronneau for her new boyfriend.

Chantal Meuneer, who lived in a tiny cell range at Ste-Anne-des-Plaines with Homolka for 10 months, said Homolka and her killer beau began exchanging love letters hidden in library books.

"She would talk about the love she had for him. She likes him. She wanted to marry him," Meuneer said.

When Correctional Services Canada (CSC) refused Homolka's request to start seeing her boyfriend before a marriage, Homolka "was crying," Meuneer said.

"She has photographs of him on the wall of her cell . . . He is a killer. She is still a sick woman. She likes sick men," said Meuneer, who's living with Lynda Veronneau.

Meuneer said she watched the pair fondling each other through a chain-link fence that is the only buffer between male and female cons in the Ste-Anne-des-Plaines prison yard.

"Karla was on the guy. She changed the panties and the bra, and him, he changed the boxer shorts . . . they were sexually touching," Meuneer said.

Meuneer said Homolka's red-hot love affair was put on ice about a year ago after CSC officials found out.

CSC transferred the man to another prison, Meuneer said.

CSC officials admit there were "sexual" letters, but deny there was physical contact.

"It was impossible for her to have had a physical relationship . . . they were exchanging letters," said CSC spokesperson Michelle Pilon-Santilli.

Meuneer angrily accused CSC of a coverup.

She added Homolka told her CSC refused a bid for a prison wedding and forbids letters between the two.

While Meuneer's claim can't be corroborated, a National Parole Board (NPB) panel referred to a secret sexual relationship in a January 2003 review of its decision to detain Homolka for her full 12-year manslaughter sentence.

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Woman convicted of killing 3 kids after custody battle

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, USA, August 26, 2008

HELSINKI, Finland - A court in Finland has convicted a woman of murdering her three young children and has given her a life sentence.

The Espoo District Court says Thai-born Yu-Hsiu Fu was found guilty of strangling her 8-year-old twin daughters and 1-year-old son in her home.

She tried to kill herself afterward.

The verdict on Tuesday says the 41-year-old woman was found to be of sound mind at the time of the murders.

Court papers show the murders were preceded by a bitter custody battle with her Finnish husband who was living separately from her at the time of the murders.

A life sentence in Finland mean convicts usually serve at least 11 years in prison.

Canadian Press - New Brunswick woman ruled responsible in burning of baby's body

New Brunswick woman ruled responsible in burning of baby's body

ST. STEPHEN, N.B. - A New Brunswick judge says a woman who burned and dismembered her newborn son is criminally responsible for her actions.

Becky Sue Morrow earlier pleaded guilty to offering an indignity to a dead body and disposing of a newborn with the intent of concealing a delivery.

Judge David Walker ruled Friday that the 27-year-old woman may have been suffering from a mental disorder when she delivered the baby but that that was not the case when the baby's body was burned and its remains hidden.

It is not known if the baby was alive at the time of birth.

At a hearing last month, the court heard contrasting reports from the two psychiatrists. One said Ms. Morrow was in a "disassociated" mental state when the crime occurred. The other said she clearly planned her actions and understood the consequences.

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Canadian Press - Mother child abuse - sentenced 16 years in jail

Ontario woman convicted of son's starvation death granted full parole

Canadian Press
Wednesday, May. 22, 2002

KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) -- An Ontario woman who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in one of Canada's stiffest penalties for child abuse will be released on full parole after serving less than half her term.

Lorelei Turner, 38, and her husband Steven were convicted of manslaughter in July 1995 for beating and starving their three-year-old son John to death in a case that horrified Canadians who followed the trial.

But on Wednesday, a panel of the National Parole Board in this eastern Ontario city ruled Turner will be released but placed on probation until July 2011.

Until then, she must remain within 25 kilometres of her residence, is not allowed unsupervised contact with anyone under 16, and must continue to receive counselling.

"The board would have looked at the risk and obviously found a low risk to reoffend," Carol Sparling of the National Parole Board said Wednesday.

Mainichi Daily News| Woman who cut off her newborn son's genitals handed 5-year prison term

Woman who cut off her newborn son's private parts handed 5-year prison term

Mainichi Daily News, Sakai, Osaka, Japan, November 26, 2006

SAKAI, Osaka -- A woman accused of cutting off her newborn son's private parts in 2004 was ordered Monday to spend five years behind bars.

The Sakai branch of the Osaka District Court convicted Shizue Tamura, 27, a resident of Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, of inflicting bodily injury.

"The way she committed the crime was unprecedented, inhumane and cruel," Presiding Judge Masahiro Hosoi said as he handed down the ruling. Prosecutors had demanded an eight-year prison term.  Read More ..

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Canadian Press - Mother child abuse - sentenced 16 years in jail

Ontario woman convicted of son's starvation death granted full parole

Canadian Press
Wednesday, May. 22, 2002

KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) -- An Ontario woman who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in one of Canada's stiffest penalties for child abuse will be released on full parole after serving less than half her term.

Lorelei Turner, 38, and her husband Steven were convicted of manslaughter in July 1995 for beating and starving their three-year-old son John to death in a case that horrified Canadians who followed the trial.

But on Wednesday, a panel of the National Parole Board in this eastern Ontario city ruled Turner will be released but placed on probation until July 2011.

Until then, she must remain within 25 kilometres of her residence, is not allowed unsupervised contact with anyone under 16, and must continue to receive counselling.

"The board would have looked at the risk and obviously found a low risk to reoffend," Carol Sparling of the National Parole Board said Wednesday.

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Yeeda Topham killed her baby son but walks free

Australian Associated Press
December 05, 2008

A WOMAN who killed her infant son by jumping with him from the eighth floor of a city apartment block has walked free after being convicted of manslaughter.

Yeeda Topham, 40, of Roleystone near Perth, had pleaded guilty in the West Australian Supreme Court to a charge of unlawfully killing 21-month-old James Topham on November 5 last year.    Read More ..

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Firefighters Find Baby's Body In Washing Machine

Fire Officials Claim Fire Intentionally Set

NBC4-TV, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

LOS ANGELES, USA -- Murder charges are expected to be filed against a woman whose infant son's body was found in a washing machine after firefighters doused what they say was an intentionally set fire, authorities said Tuesday.

Latunga Starks, 32, was taken into custody last night, according to the Sheriff's Department Web site.

Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Dennis Shirey identified the mother and her nearly 3-month-old son, Michael Kelvin Thompson.

Toronto Sun - Mother found guilty of killing all 4 babies

"Murder in the nursery"
Australian mom killed her 4 babies

TORONTO SUN, May 23, 2003

It seemed a tragic coincidence - at first.

Craig and Kathleen Folbigg's first son died in his sleep at 19 days old. Their next child, Patrick, died two years later at nine months.

Still, it was after their fourth baby died before Australian police suspected something was terribly wrong.

In Sydney's New South Wales State Supreme Court this week, Kathleen Folbigg, 35, was found guilty of killing all four of her babies.

The jury's work would have been made much easier if they had been allowed to read Folbigg's entire secret diary. In it, she practically confesses to following in her dad's deadly footsteps.

"Obviously I am my father's daughter," the Australian woman wrote in her diary Oct. 14, 1996, having already killed three of her four children.

"But I think losing my temper and being frustrated and everything has passed. I now just let things happen and go with the flow. An attitude I should of had with all my children, if given the chance, I'll have it with the next one."

Folbigg was pregnant at the time with her fourth child. She would go on to kill her as well.