The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ritual abuse hoax
"The Scandal of the Century"
"The only sacrifices committed in the
Saskatoon case were made by the officials who
sacrificed the most elementary principles of justice on the twin
altars of pop psychology and political correctness."
"They are children
who were traumatized, in one shape or another, by their pasts. What is
tragic is they didn't get the kind of help they needed. Will there ever
be complete healing for these children? One said to me...'I wake up
every day and I don't know how to tell you I'm sorry. I cannot release
the guilt.' I wish them the best.'' Pamela Shetterly, daughter
of late Marie Klassen, one of the falsely accused. 28
Allegations of ritual abuse during the 1990s:
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is near the center of the heavily populated southern
area of the Province of Saskatchewan. It is located some 186 miles (300 km)
north of the states of Montana and North Dakota in the U.S.
During the 1990s, as the North American Satanic Ritual
Abuse scare was winding down, two allegations of SRA materialized in the
province. The other one was in Martensville, a small town just north of
Saskatoon, and involved the Stirling family.
In 1987, three foster children under the age of 10 -- one boy and his younger twin
sisters -- were placed in a single Saskatoon foster home. Michael Ross was found
to have been sexually abusive to his younger sister, Michelle. He was removed
from the family in 1989-SEP, and placed in a new foster home, headed by Lyle and
Marilyn Thompson. Shortly after being
relocated, he started to tell his new foster parents of bizarre
child-adult orgies, baby sacrifice, ritual abuse, and bestiality against a group of 13 adults.
He accused his former foster parents Dale and Anita Klassen, as well as Richard Klassen,
Dale's brother, his birth parents, and others. 6 His tales were
confirmed at the time by his sisters, who were moved into the Thompson home in
1990-MAY. Corporal Brian Dueck of the
Saskatoon Police Service investigated the allegations and brought
his findings to senior Crown prosecutor Terry Hinz. Hinz refused to have the
adults charged because he felt that the police investigation was incomplete. The file was later picked up by Crown prosecutors Sonja Hansen
and Matthew Miazga who proceeded with the case.
On 1991-JUL-10, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers arrested Kari
and Richard Klassen in Red Deer, Alberta. Their three children -- aged six
months, two years and eight years -- were seized and placed in temporary
The Klassens were charged with sexually abusing the three foster children. The children had stated that
the Klassens and many other adults had forced them to consume blood, drink urine,
and eat human eyeballs and feces.
They were compelled to eat a neighbor's newborn baby who had been skinned,
barbecued in the backyard, and buried. No body was ever found. They were forced to engage in sexual acts with both dogs and
flying bats. Eventually, 16 adults were arrested and charged with over 70 counts
of sexual assault, incest and gross indecency. Terry Hinz studied the file and
found that there was no new information added since he had reviewed the case. One of the
accused, Pamela Shetterly, said: "I thought these stories could well and
easily....be sorted out. I thought there are ways to prove such things, and to
me it would only be a matter of recourse once we were in the justice system.''
In a curious twist, on the eve of their trial in 1993-FEB, Klassen's father,
Peter, agreed to plead guilty. He already had a previous conviction from years
earlier for abusing children. In exchange for his guilty plea in this case,
charges against all but three of the other adults were dropped. Peter Klassen
said "I was under pressure. I felt I had no alternative. I figured I'd take
the fall and relieve (the other adults) of this." He spent four years in
The charges against 12 of the 16 adults were stayed. The children's birth
parents, Don Ross and Helen Ross, and their mother's 68 year old boyfriend, Don
White, were tried and found guilty.
Dr George Fraser testified as an expert witness on Satanic
Ritual Abuse (SRA) and Ritual Abuse (RA). He was
allegedly a specialist in Recovered Memory Therapy (RMT) and
Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) at that time, and headed the
Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) unit at the Royal Ottawa Hospital,
in Ottawa, ON. At the time of the trial, Dr Fraser and many other members of the
International Society for the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociation
(ISSD) believed that MPD was often caused by Satanic, sadistic or ritual abuse
to young children. The three defendants were found guilty. The boyfriend
took polygraph test at the time which allegedly raised serious doubts about the
circumstances surrounding the conviction. His conviction was later overturned by the
Supreme Court of Canada in 1996. Retrials of the birth parents are
Crown did not proceed with the retrials, claiming that the children would be
excessively traumatized by the experience.
The Klassens were harassed frequently. Rocks were thrown through their windows
more than once. Someone broke into their home and painted graffiti on
their cupboards and walls.
Richard Klassen started a
decade-long battle to clear his name and those of the other adults who had been
implicated. He put up posters in downtown Saskatoon. He staged a protest in
front of the local courthouse. Police charged Klassen with defamatory libel in
1994. He defended himself in court and was found not guilty.
A decade after the alleged crimes, the children who accused the Klassens and other adults
have become young adults in their 20's. They have all stated publicly that they lied to investigators,
and that they had admitted this early in the investigation. They have
also claimed that the prosecutors have known the truth: that
there was no Satanic cult; there was no ritual abuse. The only abuse was by the
11-year old boy who had victimized his twin sisters.
According to recently filed court documents, one Crown prosecutor had "lost
faith" in the children's stories, while another flatly stated charges should
not be laid. Another document states that evidence was withheld from the
defense. Still another shows that the lead police investigator felt he was being
rushed in his investigation. It is reasonable to assume that government
officials will do anything they can to avoid a public inquiry.
On 2000-NOV-29, following an investigative article in the Star Phoenix newspaper,
the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) program Fifth Estate
broadcast Klassen's story to a national audience.
Klassen's case, often called the "Foster Child Case," and the "Scandal
of the Century," is almost identical to the "Martensville
Nightmare." In both instances, dozens of charges were laid;
Satanic Ritual Abuse was believed to be involved. There
was no physical evidence of abuse. The alleged abuse also happened in the early 1990s
when hysteria over abusive Satanists was at its peak. A key difference is that
in the Klassen case, the three children who made the allegations of abuse
subsequently admitted that they were lying.
Richard Klassen launched a
$10-million lawsuit (Canadian funds; then about $7 million US) on behalf of himself,
his wife and ten other adults who had been arrested. The suit charges malicious prosecution against him and the other
adults. Klassen said that the police, Crown prosecutors, and therapists knew the
foster children were lying and that charges should never have been laid. He
said: "(The Crown) had no evidence. They had no case...A lot of damage was
done. Things will never be the same." Richard and the other adults seek financial compensation,
an apology, and a public inquiry. Meanwhile, the defendants claim that they were
just doing their jobs. They have launched a
counter-suit which will be heard later.
Richard Klassen is representing himself in the lawsuit.
Robert Borden and Ed Holgate are the lawyers for the remaining 11 plaintiffs.
Justice George Bayton, is presiding over the trial by judge.
He said: "The subject matter of the trial pertains to a series of events that
have taken place over a decade. The factual and legal issues raised by the
litigation are complex and convoluted."
Don McKillop, a Justice Department lawyer, is representing
four of the defendants He said that: ''My clients are on the record as having
denied being liable to the plaintiffs
and that is the position we take into trial. We hope that is the position that
will prevail.'' 5
2003-SEP-8: Testimony began in the lawsuit against two Crown
prosecutors, the estate of the prosecutors' former boss, a Saskatoon police
officer (Brian Dueck), and a therapist (Carol Bunko-Ruys). It was originally expected to
last until at least SEP-26. One of the adults who had been accused of ritual
abuse, Pamela Shetterly, said that her mother had
urged her children from her deathbed to prove that the allegations were
unfounded. She said: "My mother's dying words were, 'Clear our names'...If
it's the last thing we can do, we will do that.'' During court testimony,
Shetterly said that her mother was accused of chasing a child down the street,
dragging him home and forcing him to perform sexual acts. At the time, the
mother was disabled and needed a wheelchair, a walker, or a motorized scooter to
SEP-8: Richard Klassen, said "I'm tired....I'd like to just get
this over with. I'm confident that we will win. And then I'd like to move on. I
want to get on with my life. I want to take my family away from this province
and I never want to return.'' 3
SEP-11: A lengthy videotaped statement was shown. It had been recorded by
Michelle Ross in 1990, when she was eight years old. She said that her birth
parents stuck knives into a baby boy and girl while she watched. She said: "The
baby screamed and yelled and tried to kick her in the stomach." On the tape,
Michelle was asked to reenact the crime. She was given a toy knife and a doll,
which she undressed. She made stabbing motions toward the doll. She explained
that the victims' bodies were cut up, placed in boxes, and buried in the garden.
She said that she recalled going with her mother into the garden, even though
she was only two at the time. [In the early 1990s, many therapists believed that
people could be encouraged to recall memories as early as their birth. Some even believed that a
person could recall being stuck in her mother's fallopian tube some 9 months
before birth. Memory researchers have long taught that childhood memories
at the age of three are almost never retained in memory. Valid recall of
memories before 24 months of age are unheard of.] Michelle said that the family of
one of the sacrificed babies were angry when they heard of the murder of their
child. However, they still came over and attended Michelle's third birthday
party. Michelle, now in her early 20s, testified in court that the stories were
untrue. She made them up because her older brother, Michael, pressured her and
convinced her that the events really happened. She explained that it was her
brother Michael, not a group of adults, who was sexually abusing her. She testified that
many officials knew this, but did nothing. Michelle read a letter that she
had written to therapist Carol Bunko-Ruys at the time. It said, in part: "...he
gave me a threat. The threat was this -- that if I told on him he would put me
in a high, high tree and cut the tree with an axe and make me bruise my body."
She testified: "I was raped by my brother, not by all these other people I
said I was. I want people to know that." 7 Unfortunately,
her letter did not seem to have an impact on the therapist or police officer
investigating the case.
Marilyn Thompson was the foster mother in Warman SK who looked after the
three children after they were removed from the original foster home. She and
her husband could not be located to testify at the trial. However, her notes
indicated that the had sat down with the three children more than twenty times. She
collected 90 pages of notes, much of it involving allegations of child abuse at
the hands of various adults. Other notes alleged that Michael was repeatedly
sexually abusing his sisters. Yet the three children were kept together in the
foster home. The Star Phoenix newspaper stated that: "She details frequent
oral sex and intercourse taking place between Michael, 11, and Michelle, 8.
Michael won't have sex with Kathy, also 8, 'because he says he's afraid Kathy
will let out a big scream'." 8
SEP-15: Michael Ross, now in his mid-20s, testified that he had lied
during the 1990s because of his anger against his former foster parents, the Klassens. He is reported as saying: "I was angry. That's why I started
telling stories and stuff...."I was feeling abandoned by [the Klassens]. I
didn't know what was going on....I didn't like that at all. I thought a family
was supposed to stick together." Referring to his two sisters, he said:
"I wanted them to come live with me (so) I said I felt they were unsafe at the
Klassens...I didn't care who I hurt'." Some videos, taken during therapy,
were shown during the trial. In one, the therapists asked Michael why he was so
tired, and what he was doing the night before. He said "Me and Michelle were
s-c-r-e-w-i-n-g," spelling out the last word. 9
SEP-17: Court of Queen's Bench Justice Ellen Gunn testified. She was the
director of public prosecutions in the province at the time that the 16 adults
were charged with more than 70 counts of incest, gross indecency and sexual
assault in the "Scandal of the Century." She testified that she had
absolutely "no memory" of the case. Notes that she kept at the time
recorded two phone calls with prosecutor Matt Miazga in 1991. However, she did
not record details of the conversations. She testified: "I have no memory of
the conversations which led to those notes being made, and I have no other
memory of having any information about this case." 10 A
reporter for the Star Phoenix newspaper wrote that Justice Gunn's "...total
lack of recall about this case seems odd....Odd thing about memory, huh?"
SEP-18: Terry Hinz testified. He was the original Crown prosecutor of the case and is
now retired. He said that he had refused to pursue the case because the
investigation was incomplete. He speculated that his colleagues proceeded with
it because of "political pressure" from Regina to take take it at least
to a preliminary inquiry. 11 Hinz said: "I was completely
floored when I read the documents. It made me feel I was transported back into
the 17th century reading about the Salem witchcraft complaints. I had a file
with inconsistencies, bizarre allegations and no corroboration." He handed
the case back to Corporal Brian Dueck, saying: "Where are the bodies? find me the bodies."
Dueck allegedly replied that "these cultists were too cleaver." They
would have long ago disposed of the babies. He testified that he had asked Dueck to search police
records to see if any children in the neighborhood had died or disappeared.
Dueck allegedly explained that these cultists work with "brood mares" --
women who gave birth to children specifically so that they can be sacrificed.
The births are never registered. They would have been impossible to trace. 4
SEP-23: Evidence revealed that Dr. Joel Yelland had written in a
1991 report that young Michael Ross "had sexual activity with his younger
sisters." When asked by defense lawyer David Gerrard: "Did you believe
what the children were telling you?," Yelland relied, "Yes. Absolutely."
Earlier in the trial, the first foster mother, Anita Klassen, testified that
she had learned of Michael's abuse of his sisters, and that she had informed the
Department of Social Services. However, they initially made no move to
separate Michael from his two sisters. They simply advised her to buy an alarm
for his door. This was not effective. Eventually, Michael was removed from the
SEP-24: Richard Klassen testified about the arrest of himself and
his wife Kari. 13
SEP-25: Judge George Baynton criticized the lawyers involved for
their lack of communication. He said: "I have heard a fair amount of
duplication of evidence. That takes up time." Judge Baynton reserved his
decision on whether to grant the plaintiffs access to social workers' files in
the case. Richard Klassen argued it is a necessary piece of the puzzle to
prove malicious prosecution. But government lawyer Lori Sandstrom-Smith said
it would "jeopardize the safety of children in this province" if the
records were opened. She argued that children and families would not disclose
sensitive information for fear it might become public. 14
SEP-26: According to a 1990 foster home investigation report,
Sergeant Ronald Schindel had interviewed Michael Ross about allegations of
sexual abuse. Schindel testified in court that he no longer has his
handwritten notes and cannot recall the interview. He said that he would
have kept the notes for seven years and then they would have been
destroyed. He also was unable to recover the report that was filed on the
SEP-29: Two videotapes were played of 1991 interviews between
Brian Dueck, a police officer, and two women who was suspected of engaging
in ritual abuse of children. In the first tape, Dueck allegedly continued
with the interrogation, even after the woman asked for a lawyer. He said "I
believe what these children told me. You do not lie about things like
that." She offered to take a polygraph test to prove her innocence.
The second tape showed an interview with Anita Klassen. She allegedly
repeatedly asked for a lawyer, but questioning continued. 17
OCT-1: Lawyers for the defendants initiated a motion
to have the lawsuit dismissed. They said that the police, prosecutors and
therapist were simply doing their jobs. Lawyer Don McKillop said: "What
we do have is an absolute lack of evidence" of malicious intent on the
part of the defendants. He noted that none of the justice officials made
up stories of abuse; that was done by others. The other lawyer for the
defendants said that, in hindsight, some decisions might have been bad,
but that is a long way from proving that officer Dueck and others acted
maliciously. Because of the massive evidence in the case, the Judge is
expected to take many days to decide whether the case should be dismissed. 18,19
OCT-28: Justice George Baynton issued a 44 page ruling denying
the request by the defendants to dismiss the case. He wrote: "Lacking
a proper or at least more thorough investigation of the horrendous and
serious allegations made in this case against so many individuals, I am
satisfied that a reasonable person could conclude, in these circumstances,
that the plaintiffs were probably not guilty of the host of serious
offences alleged against them." He concluded that a reasonable person
would conclude that Dueck and Bunko-Ruys "had malice" in the
prosecution of the case. He noted that the investigators had exhibited "tainted
tunnel vision" that resulted in the prosecution continuing even though
there were obvious signs that "the allegations were fabrications made
by very disturbed and abnormal children." Justice Baynton said that
the mental and emotional state of the Ross children, who had numerous
behavioral problems, and the fact that many of the plaintiffs offered to
be interviewed without lawyers and even offered to take a polygraph test,
should have thrown up a "warning flag" to investigators to look for
things that might discredit the Ross's bizarre allegations. He agreed to
dismiss charges against Quinney, having concluded that he had acted with
negligence but not with malice. 20
OCT-29: Defendant Brian Dueck testified that during the 1991
investigation, he was following a widely recognized
protocol to always believe children's sexual abuse disclosures. He
explained that he was carrying a "huge" workload of complex cases and
had little prior training
for the sensitive interviews that he performed. He mentioned that he had
attended three conferences sponsored by outside agencies regarding
Satanic cults and the incidence of
Satanic Ritual Abuse of children. During the 1980s
and early 1990s, many such training courses were given to police forces.
Very little of the content of these courses bore any resemblance to
Early November: According to the StarPhoenix, defendant "Bunko-Ruys
advised her lawyer...that she will not testify" in the case.
Another defendant, Crown prosecutor Sonja Hansen,
"told court on Wednesday she still believed the substance of the
allegations of sexual abuse that siblings Michael, Kathy and Michelle Ross
were making against their foster parents, Dale and Anita Klassen, and
members of the extended Klassen family." Meanwhile, the
defendants are countersuing Richard Klassen for defamation of character.
Justice George Baynton will next hear evidence in that suit, followed by
final arguments from both sides. 22
DEC-24: Judge George Baynton had
hoped to release his decision by Christmas. However, the sheer
complexity of the case, involving thousands of pages of documents and
dozens of hours of taped interviews, made this impossible. A decision is
expected on DEC-30. 23
DEC-30: According to the Globe and Mail newspaper, Judge George Baynton
Superintendent Brian Dueck, Crown prosecutor Matthew Miazga and child therapist Carol Bunko-Ruys had
maliciously prosecuted a dozen people involved in the case. He wrote:
"The case was labeled by the media as the 'scandal of the century.' The real scandal, however, is the travesty
justice that was visited upon 12 of those individuals, the plaintiffs
civil action, by branding them as pedophiles, even though each of them
was innocent of the horrendous allegations and criminal offences charged
Judge Baynton dismissed claims against Crown prosecutor Sonja Hansen.
He will decide damages and costs at a later date.
24 The Globe and Mail, a Toronto newspaper, featured the case
on their front page for 2003-DEC-31. Graeme Smith wrote: "The first
effect of the decision, Mr. Klassen said, is that he might finally get
some sleep. 'My wife and I are going to bed,' Mr. Klassen said in
another interview yesterday. 'You're talking to a man who's been up for
36 hours.' His family already feels less burdened by the stigma they
have carried for years, he said. 'To be called a child molester in 1991
was devastating, and it was something that never went away. It's
something that lasted for 13 years, and today is the first time we have
ever officially been vindicated'."
25 Doug McKillop, a government lawyer, said
on CTV News: "an appeal from this decision on behalf of
the unsuccessful parties is a possibility. That's something that will
have to be considered."26
expected in early 2004-JAN to settle on an amount to be paid to each
plaintiff. If no agreement can be reached, a judge will order the
2004-JAN-7: Chief Russell Sabo
of the Saskatoon police department read an
apology at a press conference. He said:
"The judgment in this case vindicates the plaintiffs for the criminal
charges they faced.
Based on the information contained in the
judgment, as the chief of police of the
Saskatoon police service, my sympathy goes to
each and every person that was wrongfully
charged and I extend my apologies to them
for any part that the Saskatoon police service played in this
case." Richard Klassen said
that the apology was a good start to the
healing process. However, he
still wants to hear an apology from officer Brian Dueck, the lead
investigator in the case.
Chief Sabo has appointed an independent lawyer to review the case to
determine if there were violations of the police act. 29
JAN-24: The province announced that
it will appeal Judge Baynton's judgment rather than settle with the
plaintiffs. They are also appealing Baynton's dismissal of a defamation
lawsuit that Crown prosecutor Matthew
Miazga and Crown prosecutor Sonja
Hansen had brought against Klassen. David MacLean, provincial
director of the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation, said that the
government should "... cut their losses and end this process right
now....It's a terrible waste of tax dollars... This situation has taken
on such great significance in this province. The longer it continues,
the worse it gets, and the people of Saskatchewan want to forget this
and move on." 30
In the meantime, the wrongly accused have been given an interim payment
of $1.5 million in Canadian funds (approximately 1.1 million dollars in
JUN-23: Richard and Kari Klassen
have agreed to a financial settlement with the provincial government.
The agreement does not allow the amount of the settlement to be
revealed. Mr. Klassen said on JUN-22: "Kari and I have stated
we wanted out and we're getting out. I don't want anything to do with it
any more. I'm so glad it's over. Holding in that kind of animosity was
killing me." 32
JUN-25: A settlement was
reached between the province and the remaining ten individuals who were maliciously
prosecuted by Saskatchewan justice officials. Again,
the amount of the settlement is confidential. They will also receive a
letter declaring their innocence. The Saskatchewan News Network reported
that the government was initially offering 100,000 to each of the
plaintiffs, whereas they were seeking 1.4 million each.
JUL-19: Police Superintendent. Brian Dueck dropped his appeal
of the 2003-DEC decision that he had maliciously pursued the case of
child abuse against Richard Klassen and 11 members of his family. The
appeals by child therapist Carol Bunko-Ruys and the lead Crown
prosecutor, Matthew Miazga, are scheduled to be heard in the fall. 33
SEP-11: Saskatoon Police Services
Supt. Brian Dueck wrote a letter to the 12 members of the Klassen and
Kvello families that said, in part: "I acknowledge and accept, based
on the information and evidence now available to me, that all Plaintiffs
in the above-described action were, and are, innocent of all
criminal-related charges that the plaintiffs faced." Similar
declarations had been made by Crown prosecutor Matthew Miazga and
therapist Carol Bunko-Ruys. 34
2009-NOV-06: In a 7-0 decision, the
Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Crown Prosecutor Matthew Miazga did not
maliciously prosecute the Klassen and Kvello families
back in 1991. Justice Louise Charron, writing for the Court, said a
finding of malice must meet a four-point test and the case against Miazga fell
short. She wrote:
"There is no question that the respondents were the
victims of a clear miscarriage of justice which undoubtedly had a devastating
effect on their lives. ... Especially in the absence of an acquittal, it is
often difficult for people wrongly accused of such crimes to fully regain
their positions in society and free themselves from the stigma and trauma of
those false allegations. The fact that we now know that the children's
allegations of sexual abuse were false, however, does not provide the answer
to whether the respondents' action in malicious prosecution against the Crown
prosecutor can succeed. ... It is my view that there is no evidence to support
a finding of malice or improper purpose. In light of the respondents' failure
to prove malice, it is not necessary to determine whether there was a lack of
reasonable and probable grounds to proceed at the time Miazga initiated the
prosecution more than 18 years ago. ... Given that the children's allegations
are now known to have been false, no useful purpose would be served by
revisiting 'the facts' as they appeared at that time."
The ruling will not affect the settlement payments previously made to the
Jennifer Graham, writing for the Canadian Press, wrote:
"Justice Charron said the sex abuse accusations had to be put in the
context of the early 1990s. At the time, the rules of evidence had changed,
eliminating the requirement for corroboration of unsworn evidence of children.
There was also a prevailing and pervasive doctrine, now debunked but popular
among child psychologists at the time, that 'children don't lie about abuse'."
Jason Warick, "Klassens await their day in court: A decade after
the child abuse charges, they are getting a chance to clear their names,"
The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, SK), 2002-NOV-2, Page E1.
Jason Warick, "Crown lawyer had doubts about cult abuse charges:
sources," The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, SK), 2002-NOV-6.
- Julian Branch, "Saskatchewan hearing begins for 12 suing over false
accusations of foster kid abuse," The Canadian Press, 2003-SEP-9.
Jason Warick, "Sex case likened to witch trials. Prosecutor thought
case too weak to proceed," The Star Phoenix (Saskatoon, SK),
2003-SEP-19, Page A1. Online at:
Tim Cook, "Saskatchewan civil trial begins for 12
people falsely accused of foster kid sex abuse," Canadian Press,
Seamus O'Regan, "Lawsuit begins in 'Scandal of the Century',"
Canada AM TV program, CTV,, 2003-SEP-9. The program involved an interview
with Richard Klassen.
Jason Warick, "Video details horrific claims at trial: Officials
failed to investigate brother for abuse, victim says," The Star
Phoenix, 2003-SEP-11, Page A1.
Jason Warick, "Guardian knew kids were lying: Kids rewarded with
fast-food, inquest hears," The Star Phoenix,
2003-SEP-13, Page A1.
Jason Warick, "Ross admits 'telling lies'," The Star Phoenix, 2003-SEP-16, Page A1.
Jason Warick, "Judge says she has no memory of Klassen case,"
The Leader-Post (Regina, SK), 2003-SEP-18, Page B2.
"Lack of recall remarkable," The Star Phoenix,
2003-SEP-19, Page A12.
Jason Warick, "Doctor reported sexual activity between boy,
sisters," The Star Phoenix, 2003-SEP-24, Page A5.
Jason Warick, "Klassen details arrest before packed courtroom,"
The Star Phoenix, 2003-SEP-25, Page A8.
Jason Warick, "Judge chides lawyers over delays in suit," The
Star Phoenix, 2003-SEP-26, Page B7.
"The Scandal of the 20th Century is leading to the Trial of the
Lana Haight, "Police notes destroyed, trial told," The
2003-SEP-27, Page A1.
Jason Warick, "Questions persist after woman asks for lawyer," The
Star Phoenix, 2003-SEP-30, Page A1.
Jason Warick, "Judge asked to dismiss suit: No evidence of
malicious intent: lawyers,"
Star Phoenix, 2003-OCT-2, Page A1.
Jason Warick, "Judge ponders request to drop Klassen lawsuit," The
Star Phoenix, 2003-OCT-4, Page A3.
Shauna Rempel, "Judge refused to dismiss lawsuit," The Star Phoenix, 2003-OCT-28, Page A1.
Shauna Rempel, "Officer believed kids abused, court hears," The
Star Phoenix, 2003-OCT-29, Page A1.
Shauna Rempel, "Sex abuse allegations unreliable: prosecutor,"
The Star Phoenix, 2003-NOV-6, Page A14.
"Judge to deliver decision in Klassen suit next week," The
Star Phoenix, 2003-DEC-24, Page A5.
Oliver Moore, "Klassen wins suit over malicious prosecution," The
Globe and Mail, 2003-DEC-30.
Graeme Smith, "Abuse saga ends: 'We won, we won, we won'. Sask.
judge finds Crown and others liable after 12 wrongly charged with sex
crimes," The Globe and Mail, 2003-DEC-31, Page A1.
- Tom Clark, Anchor, CTV News, CTV Television, 2003-DEC-30.
"Suffer the adults," The Calgary Herald,
2004-JAN-3, page OS06.
Tim Cook, "Struggle to clear Sask.
family name took 12 years and much pain, says member."
The Canadian Press, 2004-JAN-3. Online at:
"Saskatoon police issue Klassen apology,"
CBC Saskatchewan, 2004-JAN-7.
Shannon Boklaschuk, "Crown may hire private lawyers in Klassen
case," The Star Phoenix, 2004-JAN-24, Page A9.
Update to "The Scandal of the Century," Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation, 2004-FEB-25, at:
"Two maliciously prosecuted agree to compensation," National
"Saskatoon police officer drops his appeal of malicious
prosecution ruling," Canadian Press news wire, 2004-JUL-19.
Jason Warick, "Klassens, Kvellos declared innocent in writing,"
The Leader-Post (Regina, SK), 2004-SEP-11, Page B1.
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Originally written: 2002-NOV-5
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Author: B.A. Robinson