Dr. Shock: a detailed look

Recently, the esteemed Canadian magazine “The Walrus” featured an excellent and well-constructed piece on Levin written by Richard Poplak titled “Dr. Shock: how an apartheid-era psychiatrist went from torturing gay soldiers in South Africa to sexually abusing patients in Alberta.”

Here is the link: https://thewalrus.ca/doctor-shock/

INSPECTED from above, there is nothing—just the converging serpents of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers, and a plateau surrounded by endless tracts of veld. In 1970, a military camp was built here, overseen by a psychiatrist who believed firmly in the curative power of pain. In apartheid’s darkest corners, he was known as die Kolonel, his camp was christened Greefswald, and no two terms inspired more dread in the members of the South African Defence Force, themselves experts in the creation and dissemination of terror….(continue reading on https://thewalrus.ca/doctor-shock/)


Global News’ 16×9 investigative series looks into Levin’s crimes

About a week back, Global TV’s 16 x 9 investigative journalism documentary series made a feature on Aubrey Levin’s present and past crimes. Carolyn Jarvis makes an excellent presentation, asking hard questions. Shawn, who often posted on this message board is also featured in the documentary. Thank you once again, for those who took the time and effort to investigate, speak up, and have the guts. Those who documented for years, those who suffered silently, those who could not hold back from investigating and those who broke the news legitimately, truthfully and well, FINALLY on Canadian TV!

Interesting, eh? that when Levin is exposed in the last scene, he is more concerned about his public image getting shattered, rather than any empathy for his victims. The hallmark of pathological narcissism.

p.s. It gives me a sense of quiet satisfaction to see that certain facts that should have been outed decades ago are finally seeing the light of day. So much for the person (the South Africa-born Toronto-based Canadian psychiatrist who graduated from the University of Calgary in Forensic Psychiatry) who made threats to shut this site down, as some of his own skeletons were getting exposed by some comments: let it be known that people who lack a sense of remorse and empathy and only focus on their public image and power-pulls with money and connections, somewhere – even though they try to silence the voices of those who speak up – there are other bigger lights that expose the dark carnage that predators like Levin, and those who defend/support/comply with/learn from  him create.

Thank you Global News and 16×9 team. Thank you Carolyn Jarvis. Thank you Claude Adams. Thank you Shawn Driman. Thank you Mikki van Zyl ,  Jeanelle de Gruchy, Sheila Lapinsky, Simon Lewin, Graeme Reid.

And thank you Michael Smith. R.I.P

And thank you to that entity who has helped tremendously, has been protective of this blog throughout, but prefers to remain, well, Anonymous.

More facts on Levin in Canadian news

Yet another excellent article by Claude Adams, other than the timeline posted in the earlier post.

Another excerpt:

For the men and women of the Greefswald Facebook page, it seemed like justice would never come. . . They’d been waiting 40 years and more—exchanging their stories, nursing their grievances, consoling one another, wondering if they would ever find resolution. Most of them were still teenagers when they say they were traumatized in South Africa. The focus of their anger was Aubrey Levin, and the effect he had on their younger years. But the world had moved on, now they had children and grandchildren. Still, they say they bore the psychic scars.

When I reached Benjamin James in Australia, we’d barely begun to talk when he started to sob into the phone. In Denmark, Gerald Proctor, a political refugee, used the word “torture” to describe what had happened to him. In Johannesburg, Shawn Driman wrote on Facebook: “When I see the face we dealt with at the time, a great wave of nausea hits me.” Another Facebook contributor said: “There is no excuse for inhumanity in the name of science.”

The “face” Driman is talking about is that of a man who was sitting in a Calgary courtroom, fighting charges of sexual assault: Dr. Aubrey Levin, 74 years ago, a respected forensic psychiatrist who had been secretly videotaped touching one of his patients. Levin told police he was testing the patient for erectile dysfunction. Last January, a jury found Levin guilty on three charges, not guilty on two counts, and a judge sentenced him to five years in prison—a sentence Levin is appealing.


The full article is here: “The verdict heard around the world” http://globalnews.ca/news/544859/blog-the-verdict-heard-around-the-world/

As well, here is a link to more articles by journalist, author and producer Claude Adams.


Claude had been one of the early posters on this blog’s message boards asking for more information and encouraging people who knew of Levin’s dark side to speak up. I am very happy that some of the people who wrote here had the courage and ethics to reach out to him.