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The Klassen story

Breaking through to the public

During 1991, in preparation for the forthcoming trials, Social Services contract therapist Carol Bunko assigned herself to many hours of costly therapy for the Ross children. Some of this therapy consisted of getting the children to write reports and letters and to draw pictures. There are many such documents which recently came to light in boxes gathering dust in prosecutor Don McKillop's office in Regina. Think of these pages as a virtual fridge displaying the work of dispossessed children wanting the approval of adults who made them extremely conditional promises. Ten years later, these cries for help are finally being heard.

Michael's pictures of blood and bones | Michael's black candle | Michael's "knifes" | Michael's letter (front) | same letter (back, signature) | Michael's angel | Michael: Sorry! | Michael spinning his wheels | Kathy's Dear Carol | Kathy's letter | Michelle: Relaxation award letter | Michelle: Help!


Michael's pictures of blood and bones

Michael's pictures of blood and bones

Michael's black candle

Michael's black candle

Michael's "knifes"

Michael's "knifes"

Michael's letter (front)

Michael tells them outright what he is doing

This particular piece was written when Carol Bunko left her three charges in a room alone, Michael locked the door and assaulted them. From her report:

In response to this regression, writer held a group session in late June which focused on the victim-perpetrator cycle noted within this sibling group. The overall nature of this session was highly confrontational. Near the end of the session, the children were instructed to record their plan as a group. Writer left the room briefly and listened outside the door. After initial sounds related to anger (chair banging), the children were talking about the new plan. While this session appeared to impact Michael in particular, the girls later told the Thompsons that Michael had sexually abused them in the writer's absence. Michael denied this initially and later confirmed the allegations.

Michael's letter (front)

Michael's letter (back, signature)

Michael's signature to the assault letter

This is the reverse side of Michael's piece written when Carol Bunko left her three charges in a room alone, Michael locked the door and assaulted them. From her report:

In response to this regression, writer held a group session in late June which focused on the victim-perpetrator cycle noted within this sibling group. The overall nature of this session was highly confrontational. Near the end of the session, the children were instructed to record their plan as a group. Writer left the room briefly and listened outside the door. After initial sounds related to anger (chair banging), the children were talking about the new plan. While this session appeared to impact Michael in particular, the girls later told the Thompsons that Michael had sexually abused them in the writer's absence. Michael denied this initially and later confirmed the allegations.

same letter (back, signature)

Michael's angel

Michael's angels and demons spinning round his head

Michael's angel

Michael: Sorry!

'Please help me' 'I'm sorry'

Michael: Sorry!

Michael spinning his wheels

Michael depicts himself tied to a table

Michael spinning his wheels

Kathy's Dear Carol letter

Kathy's Dear Carol letter

Kathy's letter to Carol Bunko-Ruys reporting assault on her

Kathy's letter to Carol Bunko-Ruys reporting assault on her

Michelle: an oscar for best performance as a witness

Michelle: an oscar for best performance as a witness

Michelle's message in a bottle

This particular piece was written when Carol Bunko left her three charges in a room alone, Michael locked the door and assaulted them. From her report:

Michelle's message in a bottle

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