There's a serial killer known as a real life Dexter who murdered criminals
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There’s a serial killer known as a real life Dexter who murdered criminals

Pedro Rodrigues Filho is one of Brazil’s most prolific killers, but he was known to target mainly criminals – and has been described as the real life version of the fictional psychopath, Dexter.

Rodrigues’ life started out rough from the moment he came into the world. He was born in 1954 in Minas Gerais, Brazil with an injured skull as a result of a beating his mother took from his father while she was pregnant.

The Brazilian man, who picked up the nickname Pedrinho Matador, or ‘Killer Petey’ was convicted of killing at least 70 people, according to the Rolling Stone.

Filho said he first felt the “urge to kill” at the age of 13 during a fight with an older cousin, El Pais reports, but it wasn’t until one year later that he followed through on that urge. He then murdered the vice-Mayor of Alfenas in southern Brazil because he fired his father, accusing him of stealing, Body Report notes.

His second murder wasn’t long after. Rodrigues went on to murder another guard who was the supposed real food thief.

He fled to the area of Mogi das Cruzes in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Once there, Rodrigues killed a drug dealer and participated in some burglaries as well. He also fell in love. Her name was Maria Aparecida Olympia and the two lived together until she was killed by gang members.

Olympia’s death spurred Rodrigues’ next crime spree. He tracked down several people related to her murder, torturing and killing them in his mission to find the gang member who took Olympia’s life.

Pedro Rodrigues Filho also known as “Pedrinho Matador.”
Pedro Rodrigues Filho also known as “Pedrinho Matador.”

The next notorious murder Pedro Rodrigues Filho committed was also one of vengeance. This time the target was his own father, the same man he committed his first murder on behalf of.

Rodrigues’ father had used a machete to kill Rodrigues’ mother and was doing time at a local prison. Pedro Rodrigues visited his father in jail, where he killed him by stabbing him 22 times.

Then, taking things to a whole other level, Rodrigues proceeded to cut out his father’s heart before chewing on it.

Pedrinho Matador was finally arrested on May 24, 1973. He was placed in a police car with two other criminals, including a rapist.

When the police opened the car door, they discovered that Rodrigues had killed the rapist.

It was the start of a whole new chapter. Being thrown in prison, where he was surrounded by convicts, well that was Rodrigues’ bread and butter.

Pedro Rodrigues Filho killed at least 47 of his fellow inmates, which made up a majority of his murders. It’s reported that the convicts Rodrigues killed while incarcerated were ones who he felt deserved retribution.

He was interviewed saying that he got a thrill and joy out of killing other criminals. He also said that his favorite method of murder was by stabbing or hacking with blades.

Though Rodrigues was initially sentenced to 128 years in prison, the crimes he committed while he was in jail upped his sentence to 400 years. But by Brazilian law, the maximum prison sentence is 30 years.

He served an additional four for the murders he carried out in prison. So in 2007, he was released.

Pedro Rodrigues Filho is notorious in Brazil, not just for the many people he killed, but for promising the murder of other criminals.


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Jessica Saraceni has been a part of Histecho Since 2018, drawn to the site for its quirky character and through Articles about the Mysteries of earth and human behavior. previously, she was an assistant editor and Research fellow at Archaeology magazine, where she gained an appreciation for the field work. A master's degree in biogeochemistry and environmental science from the Center for Archaeological Research, the University of Texas at San Antonio. She enjoys all forms of exercise; reading works by her favorite author, Haruki Murakami; and playing with her sons.