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    This is why there is a death penalty. http://630wpro.com/article.asp?id=2127526
    Posted: 3/7/2011 9:52:31 AM
    Updated: 8/2/2011 1:17:19 PM

    The father of a high profile murder victim is vowing to kill the man who killed a 5 year old SouthCounty boy in 1975 as we learn the man responsible for the crime is due to be released from the ACI 12 years early on good behavior.

    "I do intend, if this man is released anywhere in my vicinity, or if I can find him, I do intend to kill this man", John Foreman told WPRO's John DePetro Monday morning. He confirmed what many have heard over the years that Michael Woodmansee ate the victim after killing him in 1975.

    The Peacedale community has been outraged after word that Woodmansee will be released early this summer.
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    And now, the background. I'm with the dad on this one.

    Murderer and Accused Cannibal to Be Freed in August
    Mar 7, 2011 8:50 PM
    David Lohr
    Senior Crime Reporter


    Rhode Island Department of Corrections
    Convicted killer Michael Woodmansee benefited from a reward system that shaved 12 years off his 40-year prison sentence.

    A plea deal intended to spare a murdered child's family the horrific details of his death has come back to haunt residents of a historic town in Rhode Island. The killer, an accused cannibal who was a teenager when the crime was committed more than 30 years ago, will be free before the end of the year, according to police.

    "We do not know what his plans are or if he is [planning on coming back here], but it is definitely something we plan on discussing," a spokesman for the South Kingstown Police Department told AOL News today.

    While police have yet to formulate a plan for the impending release of convicted murderer Michael Woodmansee, the father of his victim, a 5-year-old boy named Jason Foreman, is not mincing words.

    "I do intend, if this man is released anywhere in my vicinity, or if I can find [him], I do intend to kill this man," John Foreman told Rhode Island's WPRO News talk radio today.

    According to The Providence Journal, Woodmansee was a withdrawn 16-year-old boy on May 18, 1975 - the day he lured Jason into his home, stabbed the boy in the heart and hid the small body in a trunk.

    Woodmansee lived up the street from the Foreman home. The day he took Jason's life was the boy's mother's 25th birthday - a time of happiness that would forever after be associated with pain and heartache.

    Woodmansee later told police he had fantasized that "it would be easy [to kill someone], easy to get away with it, and some form of fun,'' according to the Journal.

    For eight years, frustrated authorities conducted a nationwide manhunt for Jason. Some feared he had been kidnapped, but no one suspected the whole, horrific truth -- that a disturbed killer had taken his life, removed his flesh and shellacked his bones.

    The pieces in the case began to come together on April 15, 1982, when a bearded Woodmansee invited a 14-year-old newspaper delivery boy named Dale Sherman into his house. After supplying the boy with hard liquor and beer, Woodmansee attempted to strangle the teen, police said. Sherman fought back and managed to escape and run home, where his dad called police.

    Taken to police headquarters, Woodmansee initially denied any wrongdoing. Because the allegations involved a boy, investigators decided to question him about Jason. Shortly thereafter, he confessed to sexually assaulting and killing the child, police said.

    When authorities searched Woodmansee's home, they found Jason's skull and other miscellaneous bones on top of the man's dresser. They also discovered a journal in which he detailed the young boy's gruesome death, police said.

    On Feb. 24, 1983, Woodmansee pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. According to The Associated Press, prosecutors agreed to the plea bargain to spare the family the horrific details of the boy's death and to avoid a grisly trial.

    After sentencing Woodmansee, Superior Court Judge Thomas H. Needham ordered his journal and all other evidence in the case sealed. Needham said the accounts within it were too disturbing for Jason's family to see.

    For decades, rumors have surfaced about the journal. Speaking with WPRO today, John Foreman alleged that Woodmansee was a cannibal and said the killer had eaten his son's flesh off his bones.

    The boy was finally buried in March 1983, roughly two weeks after his killer pleaded guilty. Jason's mother, Joice, who often spoke with the media about the case, died in 2000.

    For more than 25 years, Woodmansee has remained behind bars, all but forgotten by the general public. All that changed last week, however, when the now 52-year-old convict was transferred to a correctional institution in Cranston. The move is part of a process to prepare Woodmansee for his August release date.

    The killer, according to the Journal, has benefited from a prison reward system that shaved roughly 12 years off his 40-year prison sentence.

    Superior Court Judge Susan E. McGuirl, the former state prosecutor who agreed to the plea bargain, did not immediately return calls for comment from AOL News today. Speaking with the Journal, she said news of Woodmansee's pending release was "shocking."

    "Certainly there would not have been any anticipation of him getting out in 28 years," she told the newspaper.


    While Woodmansee's plans for the future remain unclear, one thing that is clear is that he is won't get a warm reception if he decides to return home.

    "I have taken the position that he is not welcomed in this community and that as a resident and the police chief, I don't think it would be safe or prudent for him to be here," South Kingstown Police Chief Vincent Vespia told The South County Independent.

    Jason's father cannot bear to think that his killer could return to their town.

    "I have been able to visit Jason and his mother, Joice, at their gravesite with only love in my heart for them. But now I'm afraid to visit, now that the terrible memories are back to haunt me and my family," John Foreman told the Journal. "There is no forgiveness in me, only revenge."
    Why is the judge/prosecutor shocked? They do this all of the time. That's the point of plea bargains, to grease the skids and expedite the process at the front end, and to hell with the future. Now, we have a sociopath with almost three decades of fantasies to live out being released onto the streets. Who in their right mind would go along with this?
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    I'm with the Dad. If I were in his shoes, I'd see to it that this evil being
    is dead on release. I wouldn't even bother to make it look like an accident,
    I'd just be very careful planning it and not get caught. I'd go Law Abiding
    Citizen on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay View Post
    I'm with the Dad. If I were in his shoes, I'd see to it that this evil being
    is dead on release. I wouldn't even bother to make it look like an accident,
    I'd just be very careful planning it and not get caught. I'd go Law Abiding
    Citizen on him.

    I got a red x. . . did you mean this?



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    Quote Originally Posted by CueSi View Post
    I got a red x. . . did you mean this?

    (hey, anything for a gratuitous Gerard Butler picture)

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    Yeah....exactly that.
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    Last edited by CueSi; 11-19-2011 at 09:42 PM.
    "The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." Rudyard Kipling - (1865-1936)

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    The dad should kill him in as horrible a manner as possible, and then cop a plea in order to spare everyone the details of a gruesome trial. Perhaps one count of animal cruelty, instead of homicide.
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    40 years for eating your 5 year old son.
    Then only serving 28 yrs of that. :mad:

    I'm surprised he was not killed at the time
    before getting to trial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay View Post
    40 years for eating your 5 year old son.
    Then only serving 28 yrs of that. :mad:

    I'm surprised he was not killed at the time
    before getting to trial.
    A little surprising that he was not killed in prison. Like Jeffrey Dahmer.

    I guess I'd try to find some really nasty gang types who have a contact in the prison. One of those guys could take him out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    A little surprising that he was not killed in prison. Like Jeffrey Dahmer.

    I guess I'd try to find some really nasty gang types who have a contact in the prison. One of those guys could take him out.
    NJCardFan would probably have a better take on how they protected him in prison. My guess is that they kept him out of general population until he was old enough and tough enough to fend for himself, but regardless, letting him out is criminal. There are some acts that are so heinous, that the perpetrator should be locked away forever from the sight of man.
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