It was never proven in court that Michael Woodmansee cannibalized the body of 5-year-old Jason Foreman in 1975, but the discovery of the boy's bones in a box on top of Woodmansee's dresser led to his conviction for killing the boy.
But Woodmansee, who officials thought was put away for life when he was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison in 1982, is getting out, according to AOL News.
A prison reward system, which shaves 10 or more days per month of a sentence off based on good behavior, has allowed Woodmansee to be elligible for release 12 years early, according to the Providence Journal.
However, the victim's father, John Foreman, is threatening to kill Woodmansee if he's released early.
The father of a five-year-old boy slain in 1975 has vowed to murder the man who did it "as aggressively and painfully as he killed my son" if he is released from prison early.
John Foreman told WPRO-AM radio that he blamed himself for accepting a plea deal that saw Michael Woodmansee convicted of the second-degree murder of his son Jason in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
The gruesome murder of the Rhode Island boy occurred seemingly without reason. Woodmansee was just 16 at the time of the murder. "I just saw him at the wrong time," Woodmansee said after his arrest, according to Projo.com.
After an 8 year investigation, Woodmansee was arrested following the attempted murder of another boy, who managed to escape, according to Fox News. Police found the bones polished and shellacked in a box in Woodmansee's home.
From Fox News:
Authorities found the boy's skull and bones on Woodmansee's dresser, along with a journal that detailed the gruesome killing. John Foreman told the radio station that Woodmansee wrote about eating his son's flesh in the journal.