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Frost truly is chilling

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:12 PM ET

Under the dark umbrella of David Frost's murky world, truth is so often trampled upon.

It is beneath that cloud of contradiction and suspicion that a not-so-innocent kid who has chosen to call himself Mike Danton has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years of prison time.

Danton gets jail time for his role in a bungled murder for hire of mentor Frost, a plot so ill-conceived that the presiding judge described it as "hapless."

Frost, who is guilty of nothing under the law -- but on moral and ethical grounds you can decide for yourself -- walks freely, losing only what little may be left of a soiled reputation. His promise as agent, friend, surrogate father, that the "truth would come out in court" seems like so many of his promises, laughable yet chilling.

"The exact reason or reasons why you felt you had to engage in this murder plot remain a mystery to me," Justice William D. Stiehl told Danton in an East St. Louis court room. Typically, Danton, the former Mike Jefferson, said nothing.

"I have so many questions, so many questions I want to get an answer to," said another kid, Katie Wolfmeyer, the teenager who was infatuated with Danton and earlier was found not guilty for her involvement, in speaking with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "But the person I want to ask I'll probably never talk to again."

In court, they ask for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and who is to know exactly what went down here. All we can do is surmise.

Maybe in a moment of clarity, Danton determined that he needed the controlling Frost gone from his life. Maybe he needed that clean break.

Maybe for one day or one cloudy minute, he thought for himself instead of allowing Frost to think or speak for him, and it cost him some of his life and almost certainly his career in hockey.

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Pathetically, Danton was better off when Frost was doing the talking and thinking for him. When left to his own devices, he ended up being found guilty of a capital crime.

David Frost has said in interviews this week he is still Mike Danton's agent. Exactly why Danton needs an agent for now -- if he is sent to a Canadian prison, he will not be eligible for parole until October 2006 -- is another matter entirely. What right-thinking National Hockey League team, assuming there is an NHL at that time, would consider signing a fourth-liner with a notorious resume?

So, Danton waits - maybe months - before he gets transferred to a Canadian prison from a penitentiary in Pennsylvania. And the fingerprints of Frost, sadly, remain suspicious back in the same hockey circles where he was first heard from.

Just last week, in an Ontario Hockey League game between Kitchener and Oshawa, a fight occurred in the third period. A fifth-year junior named Adam Keefe jumped a rookie named Tom Jefferson and pounded him off a faceoff.

Keefe, brother of Sheldon Keefe, is a Frost kid. Jefferson is Mike Danton's estranged brother. When Frost came chasing years ago, Jefferson ran away.

"Can I prove Frost was involved? No," said Oshawa general manager Brad Selwood, who was irate over the fight. "Was it premeditated? I can tell you that absolutely it was."

The cycle continues. The Danton case is over. David Frost is out there lurking in the shadows. The whispers never seem to stop.


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