Mayerthorpe killer’s accomplice may have been under a spell

Roszko said to have molested Dennis Cheeseman, now convicted of helping the gunman kill four Mounties

Accused of aiding gunman James Roszko kill four Mounties in Mayerthorpe, Alta., in 2005, Dennis Cheeseman and his brother-in-law Shawn Hennessey pleaded guilty earlier this year to four counts of manslaughter. To many observers, something about their convictions always seemed amiss, particularly since the RCMP used the controversial Mr. Big undercover operation to snare the two Barrhead, Alta., men. Now the Edmonton Journal’s David Staples reports that Cheeseman may have been molested by Roszko, and therefore under his dark spell. “During the investigation, Cheeseman told an undercover RCMP officer that Roszko had once stalked him,” writes Staples. “Cheeseman also hinted that Roszko had molested him at gunpoint. In jail in Drumheller, Cheeseman refuses to say anything more publicly about his previous allegations. But in April 2009, Shawn Hennessey’s father, Barry, wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and to Alberta Justice Minister Alison Redford asking for help for Cheeseman and blasting the police for not treating him as the victim of a sex assault.”

Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Journal

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