A former Edmonton Police officer who was patrolling the city’s streets when serial rapist Larry Takahashi was unleashing his reign of terror in the 1970s and 1980s is shocked and horrified to learn he will be living at a halfway house in Vancouver.
Jim Cessford, former Police Chief in Delta, says Takahashi struck fear into the hearts of Edmontonians, where he committed his many crimes.
Cessford says generally speaking, he believes in rehabilitation; but in some cases it’s not going to happen.
“….this isn’t just a one time affair; this isn’t just some mistake that he has made. He is a criminal and I don’t know that he is ever capable of being…of turning his life around.”
Cessford remembers talking to a lead investigator when Takahashi was convicted.
“He said to me: ‘You know, Jim, that guy will never see the light of day again’… And here we are, sitting here, talking about how Larry Takahashi is going to see the light of day again.”
He says Takahashi is a crafty and dangerous criminal.
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“This guy is very athletic, he’s a very skilled criminal who made one mistake which ultimately led to him being caught. He’s learned, I’m sure, from that mistake.”
Takahashi is living in a halfway house in Vancouver.
Cessford was speaking on Steele and Drex here on CKNW.