The Murder of Mindy Tran
raped and murdered remains were found down by the river in Kelowna,
B. C. three weeks after her disappearance.
The pressure was on the RCMP to find her murderer. Shannon Murrin fit the profile,
even though he had a solid alibi and had been cleared on the
initial investigation, before he body was found.
So Sgt. Gary Tidsbury put the word out to some local tough guys that Murrin
had done it. Since they faced charges themselves, it was an offer
they could not refuse. He defamed Murrin to these thugs and to
Another view of Kathy's story from the Mindy Tran website stating:
"Her's is a well crafted tale transforming Shannon Murrin from a monstrous child killer into the lovable falsely accused rogue" - injusticebusters.org
Just an evening's entertainment in a boring town -- find a guy to beat up for the RCMP.
But Murrin was the wrong guy and he lived to ID his attackers. One went to jail.
Did Tidsbury care? Not really. He put Murrin behind bars for 5 years. It furthered
his career, even though the target turned out to be innocent.
Fifth estate covered this story so the public is
somewhat familiar with it. However, we know that getting the
story out is only the first step towards obtaining justice. Often
we think that when we haven't heard anything more about a case
for a few years that justice has finally been done. After all,
don't we live in a democracy?
Convicted pedophile-turned-snitch Doug Martin dubbed 'Father Confessor' who Police used dozens of times including to convict Thomas Sophonow and Shannon Murrin
Snitch Doug Martin (right) had already
claimed to have heard confessions from Thomas Sophonow and eight
or nine other convicted persons. The Fifth estate called their
show on him "Father Confessor".
Sophonow was cleared by proven eyewitness misidentification. The recommendations
of Judge Peter Cory's inquiry into what went wrong in his case
pointed to the withholding of exculpatory disclosure and putting
strict limitations on the ways in which testimony from jailhouse
informants is used.
Manitoba Justice Minister Gordon Mackintosh legislated some limitations
on the use of snitches. Nonetheless, Doug Martin has not been
charged with perjury.
Yes, we live in a democracy
but it is one where the powerful have many secrets which the
keep from the public claiming it is not in the public interest
to know certain things.
Once we have posted a story,
injusticebusters pledge to keep it on the internet
until justice has been done and afterwards so those interested
in expanding authentic justice can study the mistakes of the past.
We also pay tribute to those whose
lives have been irrevocabably changed by a system which is not
only imperfect, but sometimes harbours malicious individuals
who abuse their power.
The likes of Tidsbury usually
have more than one case of wrongfully charging, seting up innocents,
or generally abusing their offices. While occasionally a wrongfully
convicted person is publicly exonerated and even apologized to,
the system cannot yet seem to go so far as to hold bad cops totally
accountable for what they do.
A proper accounting would be
firing, obstruction of justice charges, jail time and a loss
of promotions or any other privileges gained since the time of
Murrin is back in Newfoundland working on a book.
B.C. lawyer Peter Wilson joins the
growing ranks of lawyers experienced in successfully fighting
against corruption in the justice system.
Publisher: Sheila Steele 1943-2006
• Index to injustice stories on this site
Index to Saskatoon Police stories
Good scrapbook for the 1998-2002 period.
Most of the wrongfully convicted are walking
wounded of a dirty, greedy and unfair war on the public -- others
are casualties. The war is conducted by those within the system
who have a different agenda from the stated claims of the system.
For one reason or another, police conduct improper investigations,
prosecutors take tainted evidence to court and judges fail to
protect the rights of the accused. The reasons do not really
matter; the outcome is always malicious. -- Sheila Steele
23 YEARS FOR NOTHING
Frank Ostrowski: Prosecutors concealed the fact that witness perjured himself for favours
5 YEARS FOR NOTHING
Herman Kaglik: 5 years for raping his niece that never occurred. Freed by DNA
Gets quiet 1.1M payoff
Canadians wrongfully convicted because of improper investigation along with zealous Crown