Bernardo, Paul

Canada’s celebrity criminal for the 1990s. He got his modus operandi from reading business books and watching inspirational business movies like Wall Street, and is, minus the gory killings, exactly the kind of human being that the New Conservative revolution glorifies: an entrepreneur who takes what he wants and damn the bleeding hearts. During his trial, there was about 50 percent less screwing going on between married Canadian couples, and handiCam sales dropped across the country. About the only nice thing to be said about Bernardo is that he helped Canadians recognize the superiority of the Canadian judicial system over that of the United States. It shouldn’t be too much longer before Bernardo convinces himself he’s normal, and checks himself out of protective custody. He’ll live roughly two days after that, which won’t bring many people to tears.

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