Paul Bernardo - Karla Homolka- child rapists and murderers- Movie

Families step aside on Homolka film

'They are not the censor police'
Distribution in Canada now likely


The families of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy won't try to block the release of Karla, a film about the slayings of the teens, paving the way for the film's Canadian distribution.

"The families recognize that they are not the censor police," Tim Danson, a lawyer for the French and Mahaffy families, told the Toronto Star. "They understand that people have a constitutional right to make a movie or write a book."

The Hollywood film company behind the controversial movie, depicting the horrific murders by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, says it's close to signing a contract with a distributor that would get the picture into Canadian theatres.

Quantum Entertainment president Michael Sellers said in an interview yesterday that he is in final-stage negotiations with a distributor in Montreal.

Sellers said the decision by the French and Mahaffy families marks "another hurdle that's been overcome in getting this movie made."

Danson said he attended a private screening of Karla in a Toronto hotel suite two weeks ago. The lawyer said he raised concerns that any nude scenes depicting the teenaged victims or visual depictions of their murders may constitute child pornography.

Quantum agreed to remove several scenes — including one eight-frame shot that depicted nudity, Danson said. A director's cut is unlikely, Sellers said.

While the film won't feature nudity or visual depictions of the murders of the teenaged girls, a DVD version to be released next spring will likely include deleted scenes such as clips of the movie version of Bernardo's trial and his relationship with Homolka, Sellers said.

While Danson said that the French and Mahaffy families, who have not seen the film, would prefer a movie wasn't made about their daughters' kidnapping and murder, he declined to elaborate on his views of the film after seeing it.

"My role is not to be a movie critic," Danson said.

Although Sellers declined to name the possible Canadian distributor, a film industry source said the likely company would be Christal Films, a production and distribution company created in 2001 by former Lions Gate Entertainment executive Christian Larouche.

Sylvain Gagne, Christal's vice president of distribution and marketing, confirmed the company is negotiating with Quantum, although "nothing has been decided."

In convincing the French and Mahaffy families not to try to block the film's release, Quantum has overcome a significant roadblock.

Canada's major theatre chains had said that they wouldn't consider showing the controversial movie unless Quantum signed a contract with a Canadian distributor.

Even with a distribution agreement in Canada, it's unclear what rating Karla might receive. Violent films typically receive a "restricted" rating, which limits their potential audience to those 18 years of age and older.

It's possible that Quantum could turn a fortune off the movie even if it didn't appear on a single Canadian screen.

Even without selling a single movie ticket or DVD in Canada, Sellers said Karla might garner as much as $100 million (U.S.) worth of revenue following its scheduled release after Christmas, bolstered by a "best-case" estimate of $50 million in U.S. ticket sales.

The movie is scheduled to be released after Christmas, said Sellers, who also produced Fortunes of War, starring Martin Sheen, and Goodbye America with James Brolin.

Karla was financed by a small group of individual investors and could generate as much as $7 million in foreign distribution rights in countries such as the U.K. and Australia and another $30 million in DVD sales and rentals, Sellers said.

It might also generate income from sales to pay television companies like HBO or Showtime in the U.S. An industry source said Quantum is also negotiating a deal for U.S. distribution with companies including Vancouver's Lions Gate Entertainment and Sony Pictures.

Karla, which stars Laura Prepon of the TV comedy, That `70s Show, was made for about $5 million, less than one-tenth the budget of some of today's large-scale Hollywood blockbusters, Sellers said.

Paternity Fraud
UK National Survey

Paternity fraud survey statistics

Scotland's National Newspaper

96% of women are liars, honest

5,000 women polled

Half the women said that if they became pregnant by another man but wanted to stay with their partner, they would lie about the baby's real father.

Forty-two per cent would lie about contraception in order to get pregnant, no matter the wishes of their partner.

Paternity Fraud

Sunday Times

DNA: Why the truth can hurt

The Sunday Times
March 27, 2005

IT sounded too good to be true and it was.

The fairytale that saw Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott reunited with the son he thought he had given up for adoption 27 years ago, ABC sound-recordist Daniel O'Connor, ended this week when DNA tests confirmed another man had fathered Mr O'Connor.

The revelations were devastating for all involved, not least Mr O'Connor.

Still reeling from the emotional reunion with his mother, Kathy Donnelly, and Mr Abbott a few months ago, a simple test of truth has thrown the trio into disarray a situation familiar to thousands of other Australians.

Paternity testing in Australia is a burgeoning industry.

The simplicity of the test cells are collected from a mouth swab grossly underestimates the seriousness of the situation.

Infidelity Causes Paternity Fraud

Time magazine - Infidelity - It may be in our genes. Our Cheating Hearts

Infidelity--It may be in our genes. Our Cheating Hearts

Devotion and betrayal, marriage and divorce: how evolution shaped human love.

Paternity Fraud - Civil Lawsuit
Unfaithful mother fined $120,170

Courier-Mail Newspaper

Unfaithful mother fined $120,170

From correspondents in Rio de Janeiro
Agence France-Presse

September 18, 2007

A BRAZILIAN woman has been ordered by the country's Supreme Court to pay a hefty fine to her husband for failing to mention that he was not the father of two of their children.

The Rio de Janeiro woman, whose identity was not disclosed, was ordered to pay her husband over $US100,000 ($120,170 Australian Dollars) for having hidden from him for almost two decades that the children in question were fathered by a lover, the court's offices said yesterday.

The husband also had sought damages from his wife's lover, the court said.

Paternity Fraud - Spain Supreme Court - Civil Damages

Daily Mail UK

Adulterous woman ordered to pay husband £177,000 in 'moral damages'

The Daily Mail, UK
18th February 2009

An adulterous Spanish woman who conceived three children with her lover has been ordered to pay £177,000 in 'moral damages' to her husband.

The cuckolded man had believed that the three children were his until a DNA test eventually proved they were fathered by another man.

The husband, who along with the other man cannot be named for legal reasons to protect the children's identities, suspected his second wife may have been unfaithful in 2001.

A Quote Worth Remembering

About The truth

"All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed, Second it is violently opposed. Third it is accepted as self-evident."

Arthur Schopenhauer

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.