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SONG ABOUT TEALE CASE STIRS UPROAR

A Canadian band is bracing for a public uproar after releasing a song about the grisly sex slayings of two teen-age southern Ontario girls.

"Karla and Paul" was written by Susie Cyanide of The Banned, a Toronto rock group that is being accused of capitalizing on the murders.

The body of Kristen French, 15, of St. Catharines, Ont., was found in a ditch two weeks after she was abducted from a church parking lot on April 16, 1992.

Fourteen-year-old Leslie Mahaffy's butchered body was found encased in concrete in a southern Ontario lake two weeks after she disappeared in Burlington, Ont., on June 5, 1992.

Karla Homolka was convicted of manslaughter last July for her part in the killings. Her ex-husband, Paul Teale, is set to stand trial for first-degree murder on May 4.

"I've been getting a lot of flack actually," said Cyanide, 34, whose real name is Susan Cassady. "But there was never any intention to offend anyone at all."

She said she has been called an "insensitive profit-monger" and said protesters were "ready to hang me," in Kingston, Ont., where the five-member band filmed a video clip in front of the prison where Ms. Homolka is serving a 12-year sentence.

The song was released this week but Cyanide said record stores want to review it before they carry the tape.

Cyanide insisted the song does not glorify the case, which attracted international attention, but criticizes the Canadian justice system and the publication ban that cloaked Ms. Homolka's trial.

"This is something I had to get out of my system. You're talking to someone who has been crying over this case since the day it happened," she said.

The publication ban was sharply criticized by Canadian media and sent some Canadians flocking across the U.S. border to read details of Homolka's trial.

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