Father Intends to Make Son’s Murderer Suffer

By Sarah Garner

“I do intend to kill this man,” were the words of  John Foreman after he heard of his son’s killer was possibly being released from jail.

In 1975, 16-year-old Michael Woodmansee kidnapped, raped and stabbed 5-year-old Jason Foreman to death in Kingstown, Rhode Island and then stored his body in a trunk.

Jason Foreman was presumed to be missing until 1982, when Woodmansee attempted to lure another young boy into his home. The boy got away and the police then began to question Woodmansee about Foreman’s disappearance. He confessed and was convicted of second-degree murder.

Michael Woodmansee awaits his trial. Photo courtesy of http://www.projo.com/news/.html

According to True Crime Report, Woodmansee confessed to fantasizing about how fun and easy it would be to kill a young boy. He then told police he stripped Jason’s flesh and shellacked his bones.

When Woodmansee’s home was searched, authorities found Jason Foreman’s skull, bones and a journal he kept that detailed the gruesome killing.

According to Foxnews.com, John Foreman had an interview with WPRO-am radio saying that he will kill his son’s murderer “as aggressively and as painfully as he killed my son” if he is released from jail early.

John Foreman also told the radio station that Woodmansee explained in his journal how he would eat young Jason’s flesh.

“That’s what he thinks about. That’s what is still on his mind I’m sure, if he gets out again, to do this again,” said Foreman.

To relieve the Foreman family from not hearing the details of their son’s death and in hopes of never hearing of him again, Woodmansee pled guilty to second degree murder in 1983, and agreed to be sentenced to 40 years in prison.

According to the Providence Journal reports, Woodmansee is set to be released 12 years early, which infuriated the Foreman family.

John Foreman now regrets agreeing with the plea deal that is possibly going to release the man who murdered his son.

“I’ve got myself to blame for that…allowing him to be released early to become a predator to someone else,” Foreman told WPRO-AM radio. “I’m to blame for all that, and I’ll make it right.”

“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 Foreman. “I cannot think, I cannot sleep. All I think about is trying to find a way to get this man, to kill him.”

“He was concerned and outraged about Woodmansee’s scheduled release,” Amy Kempe stated on Monday, a spokeswomen for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. “He was urging the Department of Corrections to consider all avenues available to keep him behind bars.”

Left: Michael Woodmansee (now), Right: Jason Foreman (age 5) Courtesy Photo of http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http

Kempe stated that the office will work with the Department of Correction to review all legal options that are available.

Patricia Coyne-Fague, chief legal counsel for the Department of Corrections, also stated on Monday that she had not yet heard from the attorney general’s office, but that usually the only time an inmate can loose good time he’s earned for early release is if he misbehaves.

Although, in result to Woodmansee’s “good behavior” in prison, he now has 12 years taken off his sentence.

Coyne-Fague went on to explain the law that has allowed Woodmansee to earn up to 10 days off his sentence for every month he behaved. He also managed to hold a job in prison which also made him eligible to receive up to two additional days per month off his sentence for every month he worked.

To protect Woodmansee, he served just about all of the last 23 years of his sentence in prisons in Massachusetts instead of Rhode Island, but returned the Rhode Island last week.

If no other legal actions occur, Woodmansee is set to be released in August.

“He doesn’t deserve to get out of prison,” said Tom Foreman, John’s brother, in an interview with NBC News. “It’ll be like letting an animal out.”