We like to believe that we have control over our lives. Despite whatever circumstances we are born into, we tell ourselves the choices we make have a greater impact on where our life leads than some predetermined destiny.
But then there are those of us who seem fated for something. For reasons beyond our control, we are drawn inexorably down some path in life. You sometimes hear people talk about this positively, perhaps describing a “calling” in life. But for some, the destiny is dark. For one man, he seemed destined for terrible things from the day he was born…
Pedro’s life started off just about as violently as it could have. When he was born on a farm in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, a town in southern Minas Gerais, Brazil, he already had a serious wound. Due to a beating his father gave his mother while she was pregnant, he had an injured skull and probably some brain damage too.
There was no miraculous transformation from bad guy to good guy after Pedro was born. He continued to beat Pedro’s mother regularly. Eventually, he would start to abuse Pedro as well, switching off between mother and child depending on his mood…
Like Father, Like Son
Such an upbringing, full of violence and devoid of safety, made Pedro a very violent child. He had trouble controlling himself and when provoked by another child in the slightest way, he would attack them viciously.
First Sign of Darkness
The earliest sign that Pedro was developing into a monster came when he was 13 years old, when he was hanging out with a cousin on the farm. As he and his cousin spent the day together, something set off an altercation between the two and this time, it would be more than just a fight between kids…
As they were fighting, Pedro pushed his cousin into a sugar cane press. The dangerous machine could easily have killed the boy and it seemed as if that was Pedro’s intent. Fortunately, his cousin survived the attack.
When he was 14 years old, Pedro’s father was accused of stealing some food from the kitchen in the school where he worked as a guard. When he was fired from the job, Pedro wanted revenge on his behalf…
I’m Gonna Find You
Pedro went searching for the vice-mayor of town, the man who’d fired his father, with a shotgun in hand. When he found him, he gunned him down in cold blood. Pedro fled the scene and hid out in a nearby town until returning a month later to shoot and kill another guard who worked at the school, this time targeting the man he believed to be the real thief.
The 14-year-old Pedro Filho, who was now a 2-time murderer, took refuge in Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, where he wholeheartedly threw himself into a life of crime. To get money, he performed a series of burglaries. In a confrontation with a local drug dealer, he gunned a man down, bringing his victim count to 3…
Falling In Love
In addition to robbing and killing, Pedro also found time for love. He met a girl named Maria and they hit it off, moving in together for a while. But whatever calming effect their relationship may have had on Pedro was squashed when some gang members came looking for him.
They wanted revenge on him for the drug dealer he’d killed and ambushed Pedro and Maria in their home. Maria was killed almost instantly but Pedro managed to escape. After he did, he set off on a rampage to avenge his girlfriend’s death…
Give Me His Name
Pedro hunted down, tortured, and killed his way through a string of gangsters and their friends in order to find the one that had killed his girlfriend. When he tracked down the man responsible and added him to the body count, he had killed a total of 10 people and injured several more, all before his 18th birthday.
Punishing the Wicked
Pedro fancied himself somewhat of an avenging force, only killing other “bad guys.” He would seek out his victims by looking up the names and addresses of known criminals, then tracking them down and brutally killing them, usually stabbing and hacking them to death with a blade of some kind…
Other times, when he didn’t want to do someone in too quickly, Pedro would capture a criminal, then gruesomely torture them to death. When he killed murderers, he would occasionally switch up his usual attack in exchange for killing them whatever way they’d killed their victims. All in all, Pedro killed over a hundred people, even killing 7 in one day at one point.
Trouble At Home
While he was going through his revenge rampage in Mogi das Cruzes bad things were also happening back home in Santa Rita do Sapucaí. Pedro found out that murder ran in the family when he got news that his father had killed his mother…
In The Family
Not only had Pedro’s father killed his mother, he’d done it in a brutal fashion, butchering her with a machete. Pedro wanted revenge and he wanted it to be equally brutal to the death.
His father was serving time in a local prison for the murder he’d committed when Pedro caught up with him. Pedro managed to smuggle a knife into the prison during a visit and attacked his father, stabbing him 22 times. Then, he took things a step further…
While the life was still bleeding out of his father, Pedro used his knife to cut deep into his father’s chest, going past the rib cage. He actually carved out a piece of his father’s heart and, crossing the boundary from mass murderer to cannibalism, ate it.
The murder of his father was one Pedro couldn’t get away with. When he was finally arrested in 1973, the police put him in a car with 2 other criminals, including a rapist. In just the short time that he was in the back seat of the police car, Pedro had killed the rapist…
Throw Away the Key
Pedro was sentenced to hundreds of years in prison for all of his crimes, but that didn’t even slow down his killing in the slightest. While he was behind bars, Pedro killed at least 47 of his fellow inmates. Some he’d killed because he was attacked, having made plenty of enemies in the criminal world.
Other times Pedro chose victims on a whim, even murdering one of his cellmates simply because he snored too loudly. Psychiatrists described Pedro as “the perfect psychopath” and diagnosed him with paranoid and antisocial traits.