AWRW #WayBackWednesday Book Review: Deadly Innocence, by Scott Burnside and Alan Cairns

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This week’s Way Back Wednesday Post is dedicated to the true crime book, Deadly Innocence, by Scott Burnside, and Alan Cairns.

Karla and Paul seemed like the picture-perfect newlyweds, but were really a pair of vicious killers who abducted, sexually tortured and murdered innocent schoolgirls, videotaping their evil acts in suburban Niagara Falls. Billed as the crime of the century in Canada, this case has received a great deal of media coverage on both sides of the border. Includes eight pages of photos.

Paperback, 584 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Grand Central Publishing
Genre: True Crime, Non-Fiction

My Thoughts

As a teenager, and before Investigation Discovery, I went through a phase when I devoured any and all true crime books. Out of all the crime books I read, there were a few that stuck to me and left a lasting impression… Deadly Innocence was one of those books.

Deadly Innocence is the true story of a Canadian husband and wife serial killing duo. What made them special, was their looks. Nobody would have ever suspected that this preppie looking couple, were savage rapists and torture-murderers. -Not even their own family!

The Victims

The authors take you inside the story, starting with how these disturbed individuals came together, the rapes and murders, (written in graphic detail), and how they were able to compartmentalize their actions from their everyday living. This case is a true study of psychology and the human mind!

And for those who are interested, Karla Homolka is now living free in Canada, due to a sweetheart deal she made with the prosecutor. Bleh…. She barely served any time!


I would recommend this book to self-proclaimed “ID Addicts”, and anyone with an interest in true crime.



Interested in a Canadian, Barbie & Ken true crime? Purchase Deadly Innocence, here!


6 thoughts on “AWRW #WayBackWednesday Book Review: Deadly Innocence, by Scott Burnside and Alan Cairns

  1. I find true crime books really interesting. I have not actaully heard of these murders (I am from the UK) I have read the book about the Zodiac killer and the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, it’s terrible what people can do to each other. I might look into reading this book. Great review 🙂

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