Karen De La Carriere
Born: Christine Anne Rosair aka: Christine Anne Skinner
Birth date: July 12, 1944, Calcutta, India
Family and relationships: Common-law wife of Jeff Augustine
As Plato said in Phaedrus, “Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.”
Karen de la Carriere is an enigma to those who associate with her, resulting from the intricate web of lies and deceit she has spun for more than 60 years that enshrouds her life. One judge later dismissed her testimony as “false, conflicting, exaggerated and evasive,” words that encapsulate her entire life.
Unraveling de la Carriere’s serial deception required examination of firsthand accounts, historical research, photographic evidence and court documents to find answers to these questions:
Why did Karen de la Carriere reinvent herself every few years and use a dozen or so aliases to cover her tracks?
Why was she obsessed about her birthplace, to the point of refusing to discuss it or conversely, spinning tales of nobility or royal lineage to hide the truth?
What is the truth behind the rumors of her mysterious and purported mistress liaisons with a British parliamentary lobbyist while in her early 20s, as well as other adulterous liaisons?
Why did she take a job as a croupier and hostess for a reported Mafia-connected London illicit business?
What is behind the plastic surgeries and change of her jet-black hair and dark skin color to a blond-wigged and pale septuagenarian Barbie?
Why did she profess high moral standards at the same time she posted photoshopped, seminude images of herself on the internet and sent them to skin magazines?
Why do so many of her former coworkers detail de la Carriere’s rampant abuse and her Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde behavior?
Why did this mother profess undying love for her son while not disclosing she had disinherited and banished him from her life?
On this website, we will attempt to disentangle Karen de la Carriere’s sordid web and present a true representation of her life.
Karen de la Carriere is an aging and somewhat pathetic 74-year-old woman with a history of instability and erratic behavior. She is notorious for lashing out in “retaliation” against the fancied offenses of family and friends.
She is known for her penchant for creating and representing herself as entirely different personas complete with dramatically different appearances and names—she has gone by 13 different names in her 74 years. But ultimately, no matter who she pretends to be, the negative traits of her character ultimately reassert themselves.
Born in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, in 1944 to a British father and Indian mother, Karen began her life as Christine Ann Rosair. Her childhood was extremely unstable, with an abusive, alcoholic father and a mother who was in and out of mental institutions.
An attractive dark-haired, dark-skinned teenager in Calcutta, Karen tried to recreate herself as a fair-skinned blonde. She moved to London as soon as she was of age and dramatically changed her name and appearance.
When Karen was born, India’s caste system was even more oppressive than it is today. Perhaps that is why she displays such erratic behavior when asked about her Indian roots. But why continue the charade when she lived in a society that gave no credence to India’s repressive caste system? At least one former friend believes there is more to the story.
Karen’s childhood may well have left its share of psychic scars. According to friends, her father, who died when Karen was 12, was an abusive alcoholic.
Throughout Karen’s childhood and teen years, her mother was in and out of mental institutions where she was subjected to as many as 50 electroconvulsive shock treatments.
Was Karen’s behavior a product of this dysfunctional and unstable childhood? And what role do her parents play in Karen’s own instability, obsessions and other psychotic behavior?
Emigrating to England as soon as she could do so, the 18-year-old found employment as a croupier and “hostess” at the Victoria Sporting Club, a London gentleman’s club. Christine Ann Rosair changed her name once again, this time to Karen de la Carriere.
The owner of the casino was rumored to have mob connections, and while the establishment was not strictly speaking a brothel, the hostesses were expected to be more than a little “friendly” to the clientele.
Intent on distancing herself from her roots, de la Carriere craved acceptance from London’s polite society.
In a bid to join the British upper class, she became the paid mistress of a well-connected married gentleman. For several years, she hosted his parties, accompanied him to events and lived in high style as his paid “companion.” The arrangement included a luxurious apartment, expensive clothes and a generous stipend in payment for her favors.
In 1969, in what seemed to be an effort to turn over a new leaf, Karen joined the Church of Scientology. In 1974, she became a member of the Church’s religious order. For the next 16 years, her erratic behavior and instability had her continually in and out of trouble.
But nowhere was her irrational behavior more apparent than in her marriages—shades of her father’s abusive treatment of her mother but with the roles reversed.
In 1990, divorced and unable to maintain the responsibilities and ethical level required of members of the religious order, de la Carriere left the religious order to continue as an active Scientology parishioner.
She decided to try to reconnect with the brother she left behind in Calcutta in the 1960s and had not seen in nearly 30 years. The private investigator she hired to track him down didn’t locate her brother but did find her mother, whom de la Carriere had also not seen for nearly 30 years.
And how did that reunion go? Not well.