Hometown Murder: The Ken & Barbie Killers

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The story of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka is a familiar one to many true crime aficionados (particularly Canadians like myself), but it’s my closest brush with murder – at least that I am aware of!

Paul Bernardo was called the Scarborough Rapist, the Schoolgirl Killer, and he and Karla Homolka were dubbed the “Ken & Barbie Killers” because of their unsuspecting appearance. Both were good-looking, wealthy young blondes who worked together to lure, torture, sexually assault, and murder young girls. Their victims included Leslie Mahaffy, Kristen French, and Karla’s own younger sister Tammy.

Detroit police deny “serial killer” rumors sparked by woman’s murder

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whispers apparently stem from the murder of 26-year-old Elizabeth Candice Nichole Laird, whose body was found in a dumpster outside an apartment building on the city’s east side on Wednesday. “There is false information circulating on social media that there is a serial killer at large in downtown Detroit, and that five to six female victims have been found in dumpsters prior to the May 15 homicide … and that Detroit Police have failed to communicate this information to the public,” police officials said on Facebook. 

Suspect arrested in Detroit murder that sparked serial killer fears

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Detroit Police Chief James Craig told reporters at an impromptu afternoon news conference that minutes earlier detectives had taken the suspect, James Quill Cockerham, into custody in the death of 26-year-old Elizabeth Candice Nichole Laird. “I appreciate our friends in the media for really dispelling a horrible rumor that was circulating across the city that there was a serial killer and that he had dumped five bodies in dumpsters across the city,” Craig said.