November 14, 2012

Canada’s toughest cop is hospitalized

Posted by WARREN PERLEY – Editor,
Writing from Montreal

Two weeks ago, just months after I finished writing an in-depth profile of the most flamboyant cop in Canada, I learned that retired Det.-Sgt. Albert Lisacek of the Sûreté du Québec is battling colon cancer.

As he did throughout his storied career, Albert has adopted a stoic attitude as doctors and nurses in the palliative care unit of the Jewish General Hospital care for him.

Every time I visit, Albert greets me with: “How ya doing kid?” We then chew the fat, as he recounts stories from his days on the police force. Last summer, when I was interviewing him for the 17,000 word profile posted on this site, Albert decided that the time had come for him to clear the air as to what really occurred in the early morning hours of January 24, 1975 when infamous bank robber Richard “The Cat” Blass was gunned down by police in a chalet in the Laurentian ski resort of Val David, 50 miles north of Montreal.

Although there was no love lost between “The Cop” and “The Cat”, Albert never liked the way Blass came to an end. Even before he knew he had cancer, he had made up his mind that he wanted tell the world what he had witnessed in the chalet. Hopefully, his setting the record straight gives him some measure of solace now.

Those wishing to sign a get well card for Albert can do so on our FaceBook Page

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Published: JULY 2012
Little Albert’s whacky world of bullets, beatings and bad guys

Writing from Montreal

It’s no fun losing your testicles in a shootout with Canada’s toughest cop. But then again, Det.-Sgt. Albert Lisacek was never known as a guy with a sense of humour during his 25 years with the Sûreté du Québec. Now the outspoken Lisacek tells the real story of cops’n’robbers in the ’60s and ’70s, including what happened just before infamous killer Richard Blass was shot dead by police, the last moments of Machine Gun Molly and his near-death experience with Jacques Mesrine, Public Enemy No. 1 in France.

17,127 Words | 66 Photos | 2 Illustrations

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