It’s the stuff of movies.
But for Danton’s younger brother, Tom Jefferson, himself once a promising hockey star with the Oshawa Generals, the story is not only non-fiction but a real life nightmare.
It turns out not only was one son involved in this horror show but two, if Tom’s story is to be believed.
“This man destroyed an entire family,” Danton’s father Steve Jefferson, told me at Simmons’ book launch Tuesday at Betty’s. “It’s just not right.”
Chapter 4 of the The Lost Dream, published by Viking Canada, is a description of an all-out, heinous and horrific sexual, physical, mental and emotional assault on a 13-year-old boy with Frost in supervision.
The now 24-year-old Tom Jefferson tells Simmons that in the summer of 2000, when he was 13-years-old, he was taped up, sexually assaulted, forced to dance on a table naked and shot at while his brother and others looked on in hysterics at Dave Frost’s cottage near Kingston.
If you have a weak stomach, stop reading now because what comes next is as shocking as it is appalling.
The younger Jefferson describes a scenario where he was climbing a tree on the shores of Loughborough Lake when “all of a sudden, Dave pulls out a rifle and points it at me. The tree is wobbling and I’m getting nervous about it and he tells me to keep climbing across or he’s going to shoot me. He took a couple of shots (with a pellet rifle) and missed me. He took another shot that hit the branch right in front of my face. So I’m hanging on as best I can and trying to follow along all the way to the end, and he’s got this gun pointed at me, and I held on to the branch as long as I could before falling into the shallow water.”
Frightening. It gets even worse.
Jefferson describes one evening where Frost said to him “‘I bet you have a small d--- like your brother, eh?...Before I could do anything he pulled me by my shorts over to him, and reached his hands down my pants and grabbed a hold of a d--- and just held on to it.”
He alleges Frost then said: “Well, Sheldon (Keefe) has a pretty big c---. Why don’t you pull it out and show Tommy what a real d--- looks like.”
As difficult as it is to imagine it deteriorates even further when young Tom says he was forcefully confined.
“They tape my legs to the bunk bed,” Jefferson is quoted in The Lost Dream. “I’m pulling away and trying to get loosen it and Frost is slapping me...Then Frost grabbed my penis and taped it around and around. Everyone was laughing, taking pictures — and I know that because the pictures were later found (at Sheldon Keefe’s parents house).”
The OPP still have these photographs.
So I know what you are thinking. Why the hell was none of this put before a judge and jury?
Frost says it’s because “it’s all ridiculous” and that “I wasn’t even there for a lot of what was alleged.”
In an e-mail Wednesday Frost said that the whole book is one-sided — Simmons didn’t talk to him or any of the other principals involved.
“Everyone who was present at the cottage was interviewed during the investigation,” Frost wrote. “They all cooperated with police.”
And as he points out, there were no charges laid against anyone present at the cottage.
“This is significant in itself but this (book) was born out of hatred and money from the side of Steve Jefferson,” Frost writes. “It’s really that simple.”
It’s the million dollar question and raises the idea that perhaps not only should there be further investigation into these allegations but also into what transpired.
“It should have been (brought up in court),” said several OPP detectives who know the case well. “Simmons describes a heated argument with the Crown (over) why it wasn’t and I confirm...it was bloody heated. The thing is not only did police believe Tom’s story, we also had photographs of the dancing on he table and of the incident with the gun. It was evidence backed up with photographs that was our point of view to the Crown.”
In the end, however, the prosecutors, believing there was no reasonable prospect for a conviction, decided not to pursue this avenue.
“It was my word against theirs,” Tom tells Simmons.
Now his father Steve and mother Sue are hoping that perhaps there will be a change of heart in the Crown’s office and Tom’s story can be presented in open court. “I don’t see why not,” Steve said. It was an assault on a 13-year-old. What else do you call it? I would just like it put before a jury to see what they think. That’s not asking to much. I want to ruin his life, just like he ruined mine.”
In order for it to end up back in a courtroom one of the witnesses, including Mike Danton now playing hockey in Sweden, would have to change his or her story, my OPP sources tell me.
Stay tuned because in this sick but real life drama, who knows what could happen next.