Pedro Rodrigues Filho is similar to the fictional character Dexter Morgan of the TV show ‘Dexter.’ Like the fictional character, Pedro is a serial killer but with a slightly different twist; he only kills other criminals, which would make him one of the “nicer” serial killers.
Pedro Rodrigues Filho is reportedly responsible for the murder of at least 70 people. He committed 10 of these murders before he reached the age of 18.
Pedro Rodrigues’s choice of victims set him apart from other known serial killers, instead of targeting random innocent individuals, he targeted only criminals, and people who he felt had wronged him.
According to him, he only kills for the greater good of humanity. After all, a world void of one less criminal or, in this case, 70 criminals will be a safer place to live in. A psychiatrist once described Rodrigues as:
“A perfect psychopath – someone with no remorse and no compassion for others.”
A Troubled Childhood
Rodrigues was born on a farm in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, south of Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1954 and had a rough start in life.
He was born with an injured skull as a result of a beating his mother took from his father while she was pregnant. His troubles began even before he came into the world.
In an interview with El Pais, Rodrigues revealed that he first felt the “urge to kill” at the age of 13 during a fight with an older cousin.
He pushed the young man into a sugar cane press, almost killing him, but it wasn’t until one year later that he followed through on that urge.
Rodrigues committed his first murder when he was just 14 years old. The victim was deputy mayor of Santa Rita do Sapucaí.
Rodrigues shot him in front of the city hall with a shotgun because he had recently fired Rodrigues’ father, who was wrongfully accused of stealing food from the school he was working as a school guard.
Soon after, he committed his second murder. His second murder victim was another guard who was the supposed real food thief. He then fled to the area of Mogi das Cruzes in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Once there, Rodrigues participated in some burglaries and killed a drug dealer. He continued on this path until he fell in love with Maria Aparecida Olympia.