A former Edmonton police officer involved in the hunt for the Balaclava Rapist in the 70’s and 80’s, says there’s no way Larry Takahashi (seen in the picture to the left) should be out on the streets.
Jim Cessford says Takahashi struck fear into the hearts of Edmontonians as 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 onetime affair or this isn’t just a mistake that he’s made,” remarked Cessford. “He’s a criminal, and I don’t know that he’s ever capable of turning his life around.”
Cessford says as far as he’s concerned, Takahashi should be locked away forever.
“This guy is very athletic — he’s a very skilled criminal. He made one mistake which ultimately resulted in him being caught. He’s learned, I’m sure, from that mistake.”
Takahashi is now living in a correctional halfway house in Vancouver, with the parole board saying he’s at a moderate-to-high risk to reoffend again.
The conditions of his day parole include staying away from drugs, alcohol, pornography and computers; and being in the halfway house between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. (CKNW, td)