Paul Bernardo plans to marry Ontario woman

Sam Pazzano and Randy Richmond, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:48 PM ET

TORONTO -- From a prison cell, serial sex killer Paul Bernardo has charmed and manipulated an attractive, university-educated woman into planning to marry him, QMI Agency has learned.

The 30-year-old London, Ont., woman admitted she has been writing letters to the Scarborough Rapist, telling friends the schoolgirl killer is "innocent" and was a bystander to the rapes and torture slayings of Kristen French, 15, and Leslie Mahaffy, 14.

She's been corresponding with Bernardo since last fall. But with the relationship now coming to light, the woman said she "did something that got people upset and she is rethinking ... and struggling with it."

The bride-to-be told friends she has wedding bands.

"He is a kind man, a Christian, a very nice man," she told QMI Agency.


Paul Bernardo in prison in 1995.

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An independent source confirmed the woman, whom QMI Agency has decided not to identify at this time, took steps to advance a plan to wed Bernardo. However, her parents insisted their daughter is reconsidering the decision as "reality has set in."

Her father said the woman's intelligence, emotional fragility and belief in her own street smarts made her the perfect victim for Bernardo.

"She has had a number of bad relationships that undermined her self-esteem despite her brilliance. She is looking for someone who will love her unconditionally."

He and his wife learned earlier this year she had been writing letters to Bernardo to "research" a book.

When they confronted her, "we believed that was the end of it," her dad said.

A few months ago a friend of the woman noticed something new on her left ankle -- "Paul's girl" tattooed in scroll.


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