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Child Murderer Michael Woodmansee to Go Free?

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By Jason Beahm on March 08, 2011 12:45 PM

What would you do if the man convicted of killing your 5-year-old son was released 12 years early from a sentence of 40 years? John Foreman, father of the late Jason Foreman who was killed in 1975, says he will murder him. Michael Woodmansee was convicted in the Foreman slaying.

Jason Foreman went missing in Rhode Island in 1975. He had been kidnapped by Michael Woodmansee, who later confessed to killing him and was convicted of second-degree murder. Michael Woodmansee was caught in 1982 after he tried to lure a boy into his house, but the boy escaped and reported him, Fox News reports.

Police would later question Michael Woodmansee about Foreman's disappearance, eventually winding up with not only a confession, but airtight evidence in the form of Foreman's skull, bones and a journal that detailed the killing, including eating the boy's flesh.

John Foreman says that he will murder Michael Woodmansee "as aggressively and as painfully," as he killed his son if Woodmansee is released early, he told WPRO-AM in an interview.

"That's what he thinks about. That's what is still on his mind I'm sure, if gets out again, to do this again ... 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," Foreman said on WPRO-AM.

It's hard for anyone other than Foreman to grasp the emotional impact of such a situation. Nevertheless, vigilantism is a bad idea--avenging the murder of a family member is not a legal defense to murder. If John Foreman would actually kill Michael Woodmansee, he would likely be facing murder charges himself, likely in the first degree.

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