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In the late-80s and early 90s, the quaint suburbs of Toronto, Canada were blind-sided by an unprecedented flurry of violent crimes: a serial rapist on the loose and young girls vanishing… only to later discover their dead bodies, dismembered. As separate investigations developed, police across the region followed leads pointing to a young, blond-haired blue-eyed duo.  

Over seven episodes, host Donnie Wahlberg traces the twisted path of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka – a couple from Toronto that appeared loving and wholesome but had everybody fooled. We’ll explore how the boy and the girl next-door captivated Canada and became the killers known as “Ken and Barbie.”   

  



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In 1974, a mass murder shook the sleepy waterfront town of Amityville, New York. One November night, police found the DeFeo family shot dead, face down in their beds. Only one survived: Ron DeFeo Jr., the eldest son with a troubled past. In this six-part series, host Donnie Wahlberg untangles the dark and complicated story of what happened that night, and unearths how these grisly murders sparked an infamous haunted tale.Starting March 18, 2022To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In the late-80s and early 90s, the quaint suburbs of Toronto, Canada were blind-sided by an unprecedented flurry of violent crimes: a serial rapist on the loose and young girls vanishing… only to later discover their dead bodies, dismembered.  As separate investigations developed, police across the region followed leads pointing to a young, blond-haired blue-eyed duo.  Over seven episodes, host Donnie Wahlberg traces the twisted path of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka – a couple from Toronto that appeared loving and wholesome but had everybody fooled. We’ll explore how the boy and the girl next-door captivated Canada and became the killers known as “Ken and Barbie.”   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
After Ron DeFeo Jr. finds his parents and younger siblings dead in their Amityville, New York, home, police begin to search for the killer. Host Donnie Wahlberg and local journalist Joel Martin revisit that horrific evening in 1974, the crime scene and the investigation — all in hopes of answering a question heavy on residents' minds: “Who would murder an entire family in the dead of night?”To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S1 Ep.2: Meet The DeFeos

S1 Ep.2: Meet The DeFeos

2022-03-1829:552

As the community reels from the shocking DeFeo murders, residents pack an Amityville church to mourn the loss of the family. Host Donnie Wahlberg dives deep into DeFeo history, only to find out that this picture-perfect family had very violent secrets.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S1 Ep.3: Mob Ties

S1 Ep.3: Mob Ties

2022-03-2530:422

As police continue their search for the killer of the DeFeos in Amityville, they discover the family's connections to organized crime. Host Donnie Wahlberg reveals how these mob ties came to light. It's a turning point in the case which brings police one step closer to their top suspect.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Amityville detectives shift all their attention to a single suspect in the murders of the DeFeo family: the oldest son, Ron DeFeo Jr. Following hours of intense interrogation, the sole surviving family member breaks. But Ron Jr.'s confession dredged up new details, complicated questions, and more secrets.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nearly a year after the grisly Amityville murders, Ron “Butch” DeFeo Jr.'s fate would rest in the hands of a New York jury. But even in front of a judge, Ron Jr. was a chameleon; his story continued to evolve. One conflicted juror recounts the disturbing trial while host Donnie Wahlberg considers the question: Will the inconsistencies in Ron Jr.'s story spare him from life behind bars?To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Found guilty of killing his parents and siblings in their home, Ron DeFeo Jr. is sentenced to six counts of second-degree murder. But the convicted killer finds new fame in prison. Back in Amityville, the story of the gruesome massacre at 112 Ocean Avenue is taking on a life of its own. Host Donnie Wahlberg untangles the story of how the Dutch colonial home that was once a bloody crime scene becomes a permanent piece of horror — and pop culture — history.To learn more about how HLN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
A beautiful young couple, Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo, are getting married on the shores of Lake Ontario in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada. Meanwhile, in the neighboring town of Scarborough, locals are gripped with fear and the police are at a loss: a serial rapist is at large, showing no signs of stopping. Host Donnie Wahlberg traces the perpetrator's steps, only to find them leading back to the blond-haired blue-eyed groom. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S2 Ep.2: Call 911

S2 Ep.2: Call 911

2023-10-2328:105

Paul Bernardo is questioned by police after receiving multiple anonymous tips in response to a composite sketch of the Scarborough Rapist published in the local newspaper. At the same time, he’s falling in love with Karla Homolka and spending time with her family in the quiet town of St. Catharines. During their first holiday together, tragedy strikes close to home, her sister is found dead.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S2 Ep.3: Kristen French

S2 Ep.3: Kristen French

2023-10-3025:374

The Saint Catharine’s community is rattled by a tragedy of their own. Sixteen-year-old, Kristen French, goes missing while walking home from school. The case quickly draws national attention and sparks a massive search effort.  Eerie similarities are found between Kristen’s case and another teenage girl, Leslie Mahaffy, who was murdered just a year earlier. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S2 Ep.4: The DNA Sample

S2 Ep.4: The DNA Sample

2023-11-0630:216

A long-shelved DNA sample in the case of the Scarborough Rapist is finally tested. The sample matches Paul Bernardo. And after a physically violent dispute between Karla and Paul that sends Karla to the hospital, the police get more details about just how monstrous Paul can be. The police start to zero in on Paul for the murders of Leslie and Kristen.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S2 Ep.5: The Videotapes

S2 Ep.5: The Videotapes

2023-11-1329:574

Law enforcement gain a very helpful tip. They tirelessly search Karla and Paul’s little pink house for video tape evidence that would prove all of their suspicions and be enough to convict Paul of murder. As the investigation develops, it turns out that Karla isn’t as innocent as she’s let on.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S2 Ep.6: Tammy Homolka

S2 Ep.6: Tammy Homolka

2023-11-2026:471

Now that long sought-after video tapes are finally in the hands of the police. Karla has one final, shocking confession that leads investigators to revisit the night of her little sister Tammy’s untimely death. It turns out, Tammy’s death wasn’t an accident. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S2 Ep.7: Ken vs. Barbie

S2 Ep.7: Ken vs. Barbie

2023-11-2746:367

Paul Bernardo finally gets his day in court and the trial becomes a national spectacle. With limited physical evidence of murder, it’s Karla’s word again his. Host Donnie Wahlberg takes us through the nearly 5-month trial that captivated all of Canada and the aftermath of the violent saga of the Ken and Barbie Killers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Comments (14)

Lenora Thorium

This is such a great podcast! Rich in historical details and facts, plus Donnie has the most amazing podcasting voice 🧡

Jan 16th
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Barb Hecht

For me this is the perfect podcast format all around. the presenter has a great voice, with a tone that is steady and pleasing to the ear. The information is simply presented, there's no goofy back and forth talking or opinions that are off the wall, it's straightforward with the information that's available. if anyone knows other podcasts similar to this format and subject please list them, I'd almost given up on finding a podcast I could listen to that wasn't like nails on a chalkboard.

Dec 6th
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bluehaze73

wtf I don't give a shit what happens to him but her wtf she got away with it

Nov 22nd
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Carlos Barron

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Nov 4th
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Aakash Amanat

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Oct 25th
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Julie Moore

what's next?!?!

Jun 21st
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Dawn Cooke

Ok so this is how a podcast should be done !! Donnie giving me Good Fellas vibes sounding like Ray Lioota !! I love it ! I am hoping he continues making these !!! I’m hooked !! ❤️

Jun 7th
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Annette Virgilio

I thought that sounded like Donnie Walburg! Donnie, I like your voice, you should try an erotica podcast for women! Great job!

Apr 2nd
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Mar 28th
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Trish O

I'm so excited that this is a podcast! I love the TV show too.

Mar 23rd
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Laura

Excellent podcast. Waiting for next episode. Donny has a great podcast voice.

Mar 23rd
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