Menu Close

John Sawatsky

John Sawatsky was an author and journalist. His book “Men in the Shadows: The RCMP Security Service” (1980) exposed the RCMP’s persecution of homosexuals in the Canadian civil service during the 1950s and 1960s. The book also described the failed attempt at creating the “Fruit Machine,” a device that could detect sexual orientation and inversion.

Names John Sawatsky (Main) BE [n77.277]
Related Pages John Sawatsky on LGLC
John Sawatsky on VIAF
Birth Date 1948
Birth Place Winkler
Identities Canadian

BG [“John Sawatsky,” University of Regina, n.d.,]


BG [“John Sawatsky,” University of Regina, n.d.,]

Occupations Writer
1980 - 1982

1981/06/11 - 1981/06/12

Associated Periodicals Toronto Daily Star; Toronto Star (Journalist)
1981/06/11 - 1981/06/12

BCDE [n64.37]

The Body Politic (Writer)

BCE [n80.86]