Tim Danson, lawyer for the families of Leslie Mahaffy
and Kristen French
, is demanding a viewing of the new Hollywood movie Deadly
, according to an article
on CNews. The movie depicts the twisted relationship of convicted child rapists and murders Paul Bernardo and Karla Holmolka. The tagline for the movie, which is in post production, is "till death do us partake".
I was not aware that a movie such as this was being made. My immediate visceral reaction was one of absolute disgust. Although movies and television shows have been based on true crime in the past, and will continue as such in the future, this is different. This movie is not based
on the horrific events, it depicts
them. Bernardo and Holmolka's names are used in the movie. The official synopsis
claims, "Every scene of the film was derived from events transcribed in court testimony using police reports, interviews between Karla and her psychiatrist, and videotape of the crimes shot by the perpetrators themselves". The crimes themselves are to be simulated using young actresses.
This was a case that absolutely shook Canada and in a way robbed a country of its innocence. The families fought to have those videotapes destroyed and are now feeling that their daughters are once again being victimized by having their final days re-enacted and available for all the world to see over and over again.
It certainly does not seem right to inflict further pain on the families of the victims simply to fill the pockets of the American entertainment industry.