Serial killer Paul Bernardo publishes ‘despicable’ violent ebook on Amazon


Notorious Canadian serial killer and rapist has self-published an ebook on Amazon that contains graphic scenes of violence and a female character who fakes being sexually assaulted.

The lawyer representing Bernardo’s victims said he learned of the book only Thursday but was disturbed by some of the passages that had been described to him. Tim Danson said he plans to give it a thorough read to see if it might become evidence at Bernardo’s first day-parole hearing, which is scheduled for the early part of next year.

“If I form the opinion that when you read this book, it reflects the same type of psychopathy that was exhibited during his offences, that would be, in my view, highly relevant to the parole board,” Danson said.

Bernardo was sentenced in 1995 to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French. He was also designated a dangerous offender for admitting to raping 14 other women.

He is currently serving his sentence at Millhaven Institution in Bath, Ont.

Bernardo’s 631-page enovel, A MAD World Order, is listed on Amazon with a Kindle price of $7.77.

The book revolves around a plot by Russians to launch an attack on the United States in a bid to “return Russia to a world power.”

The pages contain scenes of graphic violence, including a vivid description of someone beheading a lifeless body with a sword.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn/FileTHE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn/FileBernardo was sentenced in 1995 to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French.

Elsewhere in the book, Bernardo describes a gunfight. “Blood, flesh, and bones exploded from multiple parts of their bodies, as the oversize bullets flew through them,” he writes.

There is also a scene in which a woman in a hotel room fakes being raped. She picks up a TV remote and bangs her wrists and inner thighs until they are bruised. She also punches herself in the eye with her fist.

“We’re coming in!” the voice of a security officer said, as the door was swinging open. Three large security personnel rushed into the room. 

Mila was sobbing as she screamed, “Help me, he raped me!”

Two of the men moved towards Ryan with angry expressions on their faces.

“What? No! I didn’t rape her!” he protested vehemently.

Tony Bryant, Bernardo’s lawyer, did not respond to a request for comment but confirmed in an email to Global News that his client had released the book on Amazon on June 25.

While the book may be a piece of fiction, Danson said he planned to scour it for any passages that may indirectly reference his crimes.

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“He cannot profit from his crime. (But) if it has nothing to do with the offences he committed, it is legal for him to do this,” he said. “The ethical, moral question is something else.”

One person went on the Amazon website Thursday to say it was “despicable” that the company would make the book available, and that Bernardo was “deserving of nothing but contempt.”

“Shame on you Amazon,” wrote another commenter.

..Page one of Paul Bernardo's ebook “A MAD World Order”

Allan Hepburn, a McGill English professor, squirmed as he read the opening lines of the prologue, calling it “very purple prose.”

“It’s turgid, it’s overwritten, goodness … it’s filled with adjectives that are maybe working at cross-purposes,” he said. “I’m not going to read anything more here.”

Avely Serin, a spokeswoman for the Correctional Service of , said in an email that the agency understands the book’s content “may be offensive to some.”

“Offenders are not permitted to profit from the recounting of their crimes, however, we are advised that this ebook is a fictional piece that does not relate to the offender’s specific crimes,” she said.

“Materials contained in the book may provide additional information relevant to decision-making regarding the offender.”

National Post, with files from Daniel Kaszor

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