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Jack Kraus remembers the day he locked up Leo Teskey as if it was yesterday.
“He has no redeeming qualities whatsoever,” says Kraus, who retired from the Edmonton police in 2008. “No heart, no conscience and no soul.”
When Teskey, one of Edmonton’s most violent and notorious criminals, was declared a dangerous offender last week, Kraus felt only a jordans grim sense of satisfaction.
“Justice was finally served,” the 34 year veteran cop says.
Teskey, who has a history of horrific violence going back more than two decades, became a household name after h jordans e savagely attacked building manager Dougald Miller in November 2000.
After crushing his skull, breaking his jaw and nose and ripping off an ear, Teskey left Miller broken and bleeding on the ground while he ransacked his apartment and stole his car.
Miller had been so viciously brutalized that police assumed he would die and homicide detectives were given the case. But when he mir jordans aculously survived the first few hours, it was handed over to general investigation detectives. Kraus became lead detective.
By mid December, he recalls, the investigation was at a dead end.
“We’d exhausted all our leads,” he recalls. “The only thing left to do was ask Lesley (Dougald’s wife) to make a public appeal.”
Miller, still reeling from the attack on her husband, didn’t jordans want to face media cameras.
“I told her, you gotta do this. It’s the only chance we’ve got,” he recalls.
Reluctantly, she agreed. As she pleaded for anyone who knew anything about the attack to call police, Kraus crouched out of the camera shot, squeezing her hand for reassurance.
The case broke open the next day when an anonymous tipster reported that Teskey had been hanging around the Millers’ apartment building.
“They told me that the caller said, ‘I can’t get that woman’s face off my mind,’ ” Kraus recalls.
Kraus and his partner Det. Tom Gon put Teskey under surveillance and were soon convinced they had their man, but continued to follow him while they gathered enough evidence to nail down a conviction.
The final piece of the puzzle came when they followed him home to an inner city rooming house.
“We knew he lived there, but still had to figure out which room was his,” Kraus says. They couldn’t search his home without a warrant, but couldn’t get a warrant until they knew which suite was his.
They walked around the house, looking for some indication of which room was Teskey’s.
“We walked around back and saw him in a window. There he was, sitting naked on his bed, doing curls with a dumbbell,” Kraus says.
Teskey saw them, threw on a robe and ran outside to confront them.
“He said, ‘What are you perverts doing outside my window?’ ” Kraus says.
“We didn’t want to spook him. We didn’t know how many people were in there. I said we’re police but someone told us he’d stolen a bicycle and we’re investigating the complaint.”