PEACE DALE--Residents of Schaeffer Street where a child killer was found living amongst them 29 years ago after murdering a five year old do not want him back.
In 1975, Michael Woodmansee brutally killed his 5-year-old neighbor, Jason Foreman. The boy was mysteriously missing for seven years until 1982, when Woodmansee was caught after attempting to strangle a second boy on his paper delivery route. Now, Woodmansee is scheduled to be released in August after serving just 28 years of a 50-year prison sentence for murder. He was initially to serve just 40 years of the sentence, but shaved off an additional 12 years for good behavior.
Woodmansee grew up in the quiet friendly neighborhood on Schaeffer Street, where children from around the block, including Harrison Street, Austin Street and Uncle Sam’s Lane all played together until the streetlights came on. It was a simpler time in 1975 when parents could let their kids out to play, believing they were safe in a neighborhood where everyone knew one another. Woodmansee’s horrific act shattered that peace of the small town community.
After police discovered how Woodmansee killed and cannibalized the little boy and left his skull on his bedroom dresser, the Peace Dale neighbors tried to put the heinous crime behind them and find peace once more. Now, 28 years later the news of Woodmansee’s early release has shaken the peaceful neighborhood again.
Although some residents moved into the neighborhood long after Woodmansee’s crime was discovered, the ones remained behind remember and they do not want him back in South Kingstown.
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