Father Vows to Kill His Son's Murderer
Radio host John DePetro couldn't believe what he was hearing when an anguished father called in to talk about the monster who murdered his son 36 years ago.
"I do intend, if this man is released anywhere in my vicinity or if I can find him after the fact, I do intend to kill this man," said the anguished father, John Foreman.
"This is a man who's been tormented. It was brutal torture for seven years when this boy just virtually disappeared," said DePetro.
John Foreman is pictured here from 1975, the year his five-year-old son Jason went missing.
It took seven long years before he found out that his son had been murdered. The boy was killed just down the street in a house in their quiet Rhode Island town by a 16-year-old neighbor.
His son's killer, Michael Woodmansee, is now 52. To the shock of many, he is scheduled to be released from prison this summer because of time off for good behavior.
"I'm beside myself. I can't think. I can't sleep. All I think about is trying to find a way to get to this man to kill him," said the Foreman on the radio show.
The father's grown son says he's dead serious.
A reporter asked Foreman's son, "Do you think he'll go after him?"
"Oh yes, I am 100%, I know he will," said the son.
The details of the murder can't be more upsetting. The killer lured the boy into his home and stabbed him to death. 90 minutes later, he cannibalized the boy's body. And then, more unspeakable acts followed. He actually shellacked the bones and kept them in a box for seven years on the dresser in his bedroom.
"This was his trophy. This was his the secret he had on the outside world," said DePetro.
Woodmansee was finally caught after he attempted to strangle a second victim, a 14-year-old paperboy Dale Sherman, in 1982.
"He will kill again. He tried to kill me," said Sherman.
Sherman also called in to the radio show and supports killing the killer if he ever gets out of prison.
"If I didn't have so many obligations in my life and my wonderful son, who's only 12, I'd be right there with him to help him. Believe me," said Sherman.
Woodmansee was sentenced to 40 years. Under state law he'll be released in August after serving 28 years, and there may be nothing that can be done.
DePetro said, "How can this evil, demented cannibal be let out of prison for good behavior?"