A father’s darkest moment comes with the loss of his child. This moment came for Rhode Island resident John Foreman in 1982, when his 5 year old son’s skull and bones were found in 16 year old Michael Woodmansee’s bedroom, shellacked, and sitting next to a journal that outlined the murder.
Foreman’s son, Jason, had been missing since 1975. It was only after Woodmansee tried to kidnap another young boy that authorities found Jason Foreman’s bones. In his trial, Woodmansee received a 40 year sentence, but is eligible for release 12 years early because of a plea bargain. Foreman agreed to the plea bargain because he didn’t want to hear the details of his sons death – a decision he regrets. “I put it all behind me… and now, you know, 12 years off for good behavior, come on. It was a shame he only got 40 years to begin with, he should have got a life sentence,” Foreman said to WPRO-AM’s John DePetro on his Monday morning radio show.
Foreman had this to add: “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.”
This raises the question that no father wants to make – do you take justice into your own hands? If someone kills your child, does killing them undo the hurt? Are you a better father for continuing a cycle of violence, or is it better for you to focus your pain toward community programs that would prevent this sort of crime from happening to another father?
Sauce: CBS News