Richard Blass was raised in Rosemont along with at least two brothers, one of whom, Michel, was a killer as well. Blass took on the local Mafia singlehandedly because he did not want to give a cut of his earnings to the mob.
He tried to kill Frank Cotroni and then survived four subsequent ambushes, one involving two bullets to the head and two to the back, earning him the nickname Cat, or Weasel, depending on whom you asked.
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His lawyer struck a deal in which he would avoid being labelled a dangerous offender but the judge died during the trial and all bets were off, leaving him vulnerable to an endless life behind bars. During the FLQ crisis Blass offered a prison warden to take FLQ detainees prisoner in a way to get the FLQ to give up their detainees but that was shot down. He escaped jail twice, once with the assistance of Jacques Mesrine's female accomplice. He loved publicity and even furnished notes and photos to the media, including one taunting the hulking, bald, fearsome QPP cop Albert Lisecek.
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A gun was in his right hand on which there were no finger prints. Blass was a lefty. His lawyer Frank Shoofey said it was proof cops simply executed him. His killer was said to be Lisacek but police put out word that Lisacek did not personally shoot him dead. Perhaps they feared retribution against the maverick officer.
Blass was a mama's boy. His father had left the home when he was a small child. She killed herself a few years later. He is buried in the Cote-des-Neiges cemetery, his headstone bearing the inscription, "freed for God, freed from mankind."