Dan Zakreski's two-page follow-up to "Scandal of the Century feared" story from July, 1991, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix June 19 feature "Lies and Shattered Lives" protects the names of the charged adults and the children, but Brian Dueck, therapist Carol Bunko-Ruys, Matt Miazga, Sonja Hansen and Richard Quinney are all named. The child referred to as "Mary Black" recently told inJusticebusters that the information on the website is all true, especially the McDueck's page (which was created as a satire). Since the StarPhoenix article appeared, she has reported that Tom is angry and that he still manipulates her.
The story is placed in the context of "Satanic Panic" which, according to Bruce Robinson from Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance, passed through most of North America ten years ago, leaving only "Utah, the southernmost states in the U.S., Saskatchewan and Alberta" in its grip.
The article mistakenly states "the controversial Internet website www.injusticebusters.com" is run by Sheila Steele and John Lucas when in fact it is owned by Steele and Richard Klassen, one of the falsely accused and the target of persistent and vicious harassment by Sgt. Dueck from the day he first became involved in the case. (The harassment included accusations against Klassen solicited by Dueck from convicted murderer Beryl Stonechild.) John Lucas had a website which Sympatico removed after direct or indirect pressure from Dueck, who was recenty promoted to Assistant Superintendent by the Saskatoon Police Department. John and Johanna Lucas were convicted of criminal defamation for telling the truth about this case. Zakreski's feature also raises questions about Martensville.
The SP feature tells more of the story than has been previously told by the "old" media. It touches upon the criminal defamation cases which arose from this case and which the paper covered erraticly at the time. We were told that Donella Hoffman wrote a 25,000 word feature at least three years ago and the editors killed it. This would be an interesting piece to see now! Surely the SP will not be so quick to accept press releases about Dueck's exploits with ritalin, drugs and street women now that he is exposed as the Mark Furman of Saskatchewan!
Sgt. Dueck helped/took part in the rape, sodomy and torture of an 8 year old girl. By reducing violent acts to a "touching problem" when the victim reported them to this policeman, Dueck demonstrated that he was incompetent to deal with the investigation. Johanna Lucas carried a sign which said that Dueck should get help for his touching problem, an ironic comment about a cop who used the English language to trick his targetted witnesses and victims. She served a year and a half jail term for carrying the sign.
And what about the judges, particularly Judge Hrabinsky who sentenced John Lucas to two years less a day and Johanna Lucas to 22 months? Evidence now shows there was no reason for him to dismiss the Lucas claims so cavalierly and rush to Dueck's defence. By trying to whitewash the reputation of this lying cop, this Queen's Bench judge totally compromised hiscredibility.
Premier Roy Romanow and then justice minister Robert Mitchell knew that every single charge in both the Foster Parent and Martensville cases was false but did nothing to stop the trials and have continued to promote the idea that this is a righteous government which owes not so much as an apology to the people whose it they ruined.
It started in 1987 with three foster children who were placed in the home of Dale and Anita Klassen who were told they were neglected and in need of lots of attention. Almost immediately, it was clear that the attention these children wanted was not what Dale and Anita were prepared to give.
Tom, who was 8, wanted to dress in lingerie and high-heels and the twin girls, 6, crawled all over adults, touching breasts and genitals. Anita was in regular and continual contact with Social Services from day one. She was advised to allow Tom to "dress up" and to encourage him to masturbate.
Still in 1987, when Anita discovered blood in Mary's panties after the three had visited their father, she called the police. Cpl. Marv Hanson investigated and determined that Tom had sexually assaulted Mary. Social Services curtailed visits to the father and told Dale and Anita to take secuity measures to keep Tom separate from the girls. Although there was no evidence that the father had sexually assaulted his children a note was placed on his file which showed up three years later and entered as evidence against him.
After more than two years of attempted damage control, Dale and Anita caught Tom accosting their newborn baby's genitals with a butter knife. They demanded he be removed from their home immediately.
Tom was then placed with the Thompson family in Warman. They were no better equipped to cope than the Klassens had been. They had no special training. Social Services, desperate to find some place to put Tom made the financial incentives attractive enough to persuade them to take him. Social Services also arranged for workers to accompany Tom to school when it was discovered the boy was jumping children in the hallways and in the bathroom. Before Tom was removed from the Klassen home, the Thompson's were warned by Dueck that they should be alert to any accusations against them which Michal might make. It was no surprise when he came forward with such accusations at which point his sisters, his victims, were brought to the Thompson home.
Carol Bunko-Ruys was given the Social Services contract to fix Tom. She involved Corporal Brian Dueck of the Saskatoon City Police Department. They spent many hours with Tom. Tom responded to all the attention. Responding to leading questions, he spun a wild and wonderful tale which revolved around orgies of murder and mayhem and sometimes just parties of drinking blood and swearing.
Bunko and Dueck, in consultation with quack preacher Colin Clay, adopted the premise that children do not lie. They encouraged Tom to embroider details and to name as many people as he could think of. Given such encouragement to express his theatrical talents, Tom told cop and the therapist that he greatly feared for the safety of his sisters, who were still with Dale and Anita. It would seem that Tom's ability to distinguish fact from fantasy was faulty to begin with. After months of supportive encouragement from apprently totally gullible grown-ups, he must have been astonished to discover his powers! His wishes became their commands.
Julie anad Mary were brought to the Thompson home and Dueck, Bunko and Marilyn Thompson spent several months writing down his every word. Eventually they had compiled a list of forty people. Never mind that Tom was all sexed up by this and regularly raped Julie, who dutifully reported his transgressions to the adults. They treated her like a tattle-tale! Never mind that Tom was threatening members of the Thompson household! Or that he screwed the pet dog Pansy to a condition where the SPCA mercifully destroyed her. The project was to expose cult activity in Saskatchewan bigger and more horrifying than the McMartin case in California or the North Carolina case, or the Kelly Toms case -- utterly discredited by most reasonable people already as they set about to show that Saskatchewan could take the Guinness Book of Records prize for the most hysteria created with the least amount of evidence.
The project got out of hand -- they had identical evidence against forty people but decided to charge only sixteen!
The birth parents, the Klassen extended family, some of whom hardly knew the children, were picked up on a cross-country R.C.M.P. warrant on July 10, 1990 and charged with unimaginable sex crimes against these and other children.
The above animation shows Dueck and Bunko-Ruys urging Tom to make up stories from a list of members of the Klassen family in the "Softroom" at the Saskatoon Police Station in November, 1990.
In the dozens of hours of taped interviews made to persuade the Crown to lay charges against the extended foster family, Dueck and Social Worker Carol Bunko Ruys can be seen leading these disturbed children with props and lists and dolls. Dr. Bruce Hanley, criminal psychologist who does contract work for Federal and Provincial agencies said their interviewing "techniques" were the worst he had seen.
When Dueck went to Red Deer to interview Dale and Anita Klassen, the formerfoster parents, and Rick and Kari Klassen, he used interrogation techniques that would have made former Chilean dictator Pinochet proud. he made a big deal of reading them their rights to counsel and then proceeded to ignore repeated requests. This is all on videotape.
Dueck taped everything he did so his own butt would be covered when he took his cases to the Crown. He never intended that the accused would get any more than a cursory glance at the videotapes. These tapes are truly creepy. One can only remember that the Nazis also kept pictures and records. The concentration camp experience is amazingly well documented when you consider the subject matter!
Of course the death camp victims didn't get to see the files and pictures. And there is one area of Sgt. Dueck's meticulous files that did not turn up in the disclosure: the notes of his discussions with Carol Bunko-Ruys and other people at Social Services. He now claims that he had no choice but to leave the situation as it was because that was the advice of the "experts".
We have no idea what Carol Bunko-Ruys' notes might have to say on this score: after initially having us charged for defaming her, she withdrew the charges. We really wish she hadn't done that because she denied us the right to ask her questions.
Dueck has not stopped his tactics. His position in Narcotics gives him more latitude: Courts are inclined to be more accepting of manufactured cases and underhanded methods like using addicts-in-trouble as agents instead of offering them the help they clearly need. Police and Courts all over Canada are implicated in stomping all over Charter Rights in the name of fighting a war on drugs. Disclosure is harder to get in drug cases. And any communication between the Crown and the defendant pasees right through Dueck's desk.
Saskatchewan Justice became so distressed when it learned the falsely accused persons had in their possession the videotaped Crown "evidence" that it has devised a whole series of rules and bureaucratic red tape regarding disclosure material. They are claiming such rules are to protect the innocent! Julie was innocent and they didn't protect her! The whole foster family and birth parents were innocent and the Crown didn't protect them, either!
Sec. 486, the so-called rape shield law, does not protect the innocent. In many cases it adds to more shame.
Without full disclosure, including all names, justice can neither be done nor be seen to be done. Instead we have a society full of half-truths and idle speculation which Richard Quinney and several Justice Ministers have been able to spin and twist to manipulate public opinion.
inJusticebusters! call for full public disclosure. The Crown, the police and the Department of Social Services have shown themselves to be corrupt and not to be trusted with sensitive information. Perhaps the public would show itself to be more sensitive to people's privacy if they had access to the whole story instead of just the bits the authorities dole out.
The animations in the section above are from the interviews Sgt. Dueck conducted at the Red Deer RCMP Station. He interviewed Anita, seen here in her Dairy Queen uniform, for almost an hour, making her cry and telling her the very children she had worn herself out caring for for three years were telling the truth and that he simply did not believe her. Dale refused to answer his questions and Dueck tried very hard to override his resistance. Kari asked for a lawyer, also and he acts as though he doesn't hear her. And a more detailed account of his interview with Richard is on a separate page. We also devote a page to Dueck's treatment of Tom's birth mother Helen R. More about Social Services' treatment of Anita.