Dad Vows To Kill If Son’s Killer Paroled
The father of a 5-year-old boy slain in 1975 said Monday that he would kill the neighbor who was convicted of his son’s murder if he is released, as scheduled, several years early from a 40-year sentence. Michael Woodmansee killed Jason Foreman in South Kingstown and hid the boy’s shellacked bones in his house for years. He confessed and was convicted of second-degree murder in 1983. Woodmansee is eligible for early release in August, The Providence Journal reported Sunday.
I do intend, if this man is released or if I can find him after the fact, I do intend to kill this man,” he told the station. He called Woodmansee a monster and a cannibal who ate his son’s flesh. Foreman’s father, John Foreman, told WPRO-AM (via John Depetro on Newstalk 630 WPRO and 99.7 FM) on Monday that if that happens, he intends to kill Woodmansee as aggressively and painfully as he killed his son. “I do intend, if this man is released or if I can find him after the fact, I do intend to kill this man,” he told the station. He called Woodmansee a monster and a cannibal who ate his son’s flesh.
Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, said in a statement Monday that he was concerned and outraged about Woodmansee’s scheduled release, and said he was urging the Department of Corrections to consider all avenues available to keep him behind bars. Kempe said the office would work with the Department of Corrections to review all legal options available.
While I don’t approve of vigilante justice, I do feel badly for this father. Why is this monster even being considered for early release? And if John does go through with the murder, will he be punished even though it may be considered “justifiable” homicide (at least in his eyes and those of many others)? It is clear that our justice system has failed the Foreman family.
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