Injustice Busters* originated out of a chance meeting between two people, Richard Klassen and Sheila Steele, who were looking for justice at the Provincial Courthouse in Saskatoon. The case they were watching was that of T. S., a young woman charged in the infamous Martensville case. Klassen had been charged in what the StarPhoenix called the "Scandal of the century". (T.S. did not find justice at the Provincial Courthouse during that lengthy trial in 1993; two years later, the Supreme Court of Canada acquitted her so some kind of justice was eventually done.)
* We changed to the one word spelling in late August ‘98 when we got our domain name.
Sympatico pulled our webspace 3 weeks after we launched our site in July, 1998
One of the two above named people was Richard Klassen who travelled to Saskatoon from Red Deer to witness the proceedings and get to the bottom of the injustice which had been done to his family. Charges of sex crimes against him had been stayed in 1992, but he was unclear why he had been charged in the first place. The other was Sheila Steele, a local activist who was curious because her son sometimes was in Martensville and as a mother she wanted to make sure he wasn't in danger from a Satanic cult. She was horrified by the proceedings but watched helplessly as everything she had ever learned about citizens' rights to full answer and defense and to confront their accusers in an impartial setting was violated. Klassen and Steele witnessed lying police officers, incompetent and lying social workers, and a grossly biased judge, Albert Lavoie, who used his office to make smutty and degrading comments to T.S.'s father, based on the workings of his own filthy mind, not on any evidence. We also met Evelyn Morgan, suspected child abuse and satanic cult activity, at this trial
A few weeks later, in August 1993, Steele was busted herself and charged with cultivating marijuana. When they raided her house, the police seized not only evidence relating to marijuana, but all the files she had accumulated regarding the Martensville and other cases of false charges of sex crimes.
Update: We are only now (January 2001) getting some of the files back and are posting the clippings on the Scandal of the Century page.
Klassen moved to Saskatoon to pursue the injustices in his family's case. The disclosure on his case consisted of more than a dozen hours of videotape and thousands of pages of Court transcripts. These contained leads which he followed up.
Everything he found led him to believe that one police officer, Brian Dueck, with the help of a social worker, Carol Bunko-Ruys, had used the gullibility of children to manufacture a case against him and the others who were charged. And if this was not bad enough, they had ignored the cries for help from one of the children who clearly told him she was being raped and tortured during the month while the interviews were going on.
Steele, Klassen and others carried on a legal campaign to have this matter dealt with.
Evidence was taken to the police station, letters were written to every possible authority, calls were made for judicial inquiries, Saskatoon city streets were plastered with posters, public offices were picketed.
Klassen, Klassen's nephew Rob (who was sixteen), Steele and her son Marlon (who was fifteen) took to the streets with a police scanner, videocamera and audiotape recorder. We taped Dueck calling us "that inbred group" and complained to the Saskatchewan complaints department who acknowledged Dueck's choice of words was bad but didn't take the matter seriously. (Eventually Gary Treble from that department would pay us a personal visit to try to shut us up. No action was ever taken on any of our complaints.)
Since going on the Internet, we have succeeded in getting the attention of several journalists and this story is gaining wider attention. In March, we learned through the StarPhoenix that Dueck had used the same bullying tactics he used in 1991 on a postal employee as recently as 1997! Our website has been visted by more than 25,000 people, many of whom continue to watch this story and cheer us on as the truth of our allegations is revealed.
Two of the childwitnesses have now come forward and are assisting us in trying to get justice in the form of punishing the guilty and gaining compensation for those that they harmed.
During late January, 2001, the third childwitness, Kathy who is shown in the graphic above with her face blurred, came forward. The three are credible, much of what they have told us confirms what we suspected and they have told us more information which demonstrates the malicious mind-set of those who pushed this case.
We hope that you will take time to look at the material we have posted for the public to see.
Unless we have full public disclosure of the workings of our justice system, there can be no justice and the likes of Dueck and Quinney will continue to rise to the top!
The material we wanted to share on the Internet: A report (now four reports) prepared by Carol Bunko-Ruys where she recommends that children, aged 8 and ten be kept together despite her knowledge that brutal incest is occurring. She describes it as "agreeable sex." Marilyn Thompson was asked by Dueck, Bunko-Ruys and social worker Liz Newton (who we understand has returned to England) to quiz the children and make notes of her observations. A history of Dueck's rise from Corporal to Superintendent can be found here. On Nov. 29, 2000, the CBC public affairs show fifth estate told the story which they found by visiting our website. By this time Rick Klassen had moved to Manitoba (after being harassed and intimidated in other communities where he had tried to make a life with his family).
inJusticebusters are grateful to fifth estate and Linden McIntyre for having the courage to run the story the way it needed to be told. This would not have been possible without the previous efforts of Dave Roberts, who wrote a piece in the Globe and Mail in June, 1995, and Dan Zakreski of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix who did another piece in June, 1999.
We are beginning to realize some of the aspirations we had, back in 1994 while we were under the gag order, through the dark days following while Sheila Steele was in jail, held illegally for four months and Richard Klassen was gaining his acquittal on charges of criminally defaming Brian Dueck.
We suffered uncountable personal losses: a tiny group of people kept us alive during that time: Steele's mother and son and Klassen's father-in-law. We were called kooks and much worse (the police did much to spread the rumours and as recently as January, 2001 went to court and told a judge we were dangerous vigilantes who were putting Dueck's life in danger!)
Throughout the dark times we did not stop believing that people would rally to support us and emulate us as long as we stood for the truth. We got on the Internet and waited for hits to the website, fought back against the server who shut us down and eventually got the story out. We developed an idea for a chain of inJusticebusters Internet cafés located close to court houses all over the country where people suffering injustices could come to research and publicize their stories and help each other out. We kibitzed about our story becoming a book, a movie -- we hungered for fame, not so much for ourselves but for what we stand for.