Dossier | Pedrinho Matador – The Punisher Serial Killer

brazilian serial killer, Pedrinho Matador is a household name, as it is believed to have killed over 100 people. However, the curious thing is that their targets involved criminals and murderers.

Learn all about Pedrinho Matador

Early life and childhood

Pedro Rodrigues Filho was born on June 17, 1954, on a farm in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, in the south of Minas Gerais. His birth was marked by an injured skull, the result of domestic violence committed by his father, Pedro Rodrigues, who kicked his mother's belly during a fight.

His childhood was also marked by violence and trauma. His father was a violent alcoholic who regularly beat his mother. At the age of nine, he ran away from home and even lived with his godparents for a while, until he ran away again and went to São Paulo. In the capital of São Paulo, he began to commit robberies in the Center and East Zone of the city.

beginning of the murders

When he was eleven years old, Pedro murdered Jorge Galvao, dealer in Itaquera. Galvão's brother and brother-in-law were also killed by the boy.

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At the age of 14, he killed the deputy mayor of Alfenas, Minas Gerais, with a shotgun that belonged to his grandfather, for having fired his father, a school guard, at the time accused of stealing lunch. Then he killed a watchman, who he thought was the real thief.

He then fled to the city of Mogi das Cruzes, where he robbed smoke houses and killed drug dealers. At that time, he met the widow of a drug trafficking leader, bootie, and moved in together. He assumed the illicit tasks of Botinha's ex-husband and was soon “forced” to eliminate some rivals, killing three of them. He lived in Mogi until his partner was killed by the police. Pedrinho escaped the police, but did not stop selling drugs, setting up his own business.

He later got involved with Maria Aparecida Olympia, with whom he said he was in love, and who got pregnant, but lost the baby. He found her shot dead, and then tortured and killed several people to find out who had committed the crime. When he found out who it was, a rival drug dealer, he invaded a wedding party with four friends and killed, in addition to Maria's killer, six other people, leaving another 16 injured. At the time, he had not yet reached the age of majority.

Conviction of Pedrinho Matador

Pedrinho was arrested on May 24, 1973, aged 18, after being sentenced to 128 years in prison. But that didn't stop his life of crime. While being transferred to prison, he murdered his traveling companion, a man convicted of rape.

At the age of twenty, Pedrinho killed his own father in jail where they were both serving time, after learning that he had killed his mother with 21 machete blows. “He stabbed my mother 21 times, so I stabbed 22”, he said in an interview with the journalist. Marcelo Rezende. “People say I ate his heart. No, I just cut it, because it was revenge, isn't it? I cut it and threw it away. I took a piece, chewed it and threw it away”, he explained.

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During his passage through the Araraquara penitentiary, he was accused by the magistrate judge of being one of the founders of the alleged criminal organization “Serpentes Negras”. In a rebellion that took place in 1985, Pedrinho participated in the death of four prisoners, and was transferred to the Casa de Custódia de Taubaté, considered at the time the safest in the state.

In 1986, he was known as the author of forty homicides. The following year, during a fight, Pedrinho almost killed Hosmany Ramos.

Liberation of Pedrinho Matador

In 2003, despite already being sentenced to 128 years in prison, he was almost released, because Brazilian law prohibited anyone from spending more than 30 years in prison. However, because of crimes committed inside prisons, which increased his sentence to almost 400 years, his stay in prison was extended until 2007.

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Pedrinho in freedom / Image: Reproduction

On April 24, 2007, after spending 34 years in prison, Pedrinho was released. It started a killing spree that lasted for years. He targeted criminals and murderers, brutally killing them. He often mutilated the bodies of his victims, cutting off their ears, fingers and heads as trophies.

In 2011 he was arrested again for the crimes of riot and false imprisonment, committed while he was still detained in São Paulo.

In 2018 he was released again, having converted to Christianity and saying he was “repentant”. He was then 64 years old and had spent 42 years in prison. At the time, he also created a YouTube channel and accompanied the recording of a documentary about his life.

Pedrinho Matador in entertainment

Pedrinho was one of the inspirations for Dexter Morgan, the anti-hero protagonist of the book series Dexter 2004 written by Jeff Lindsay, as well as its adaptation into the 2006 television series of the same name.

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It was also the basis for the characters of Takumi Hijirihara and Shuji Fujigawa in the manga series Danganronpa Gaiden: Killer Killer.

Because of the list of crimes and his behavior in jail, Pedrinho Matador joined the list of murderers mentioned by the writer. Ilana Casoy in the book Serial Killers – Made in Brazil.

Two new productions based on the case of Pedrinho Matador were released recently, a documentary and a series directed by Fernando Grostein de Andrade.

Where is Pedrinho Matador now?

On March 5, 2023, Pedro, aged 68, was shot dead in the region of Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo. The crime took place around 9:50 am.

According to the reports, Pedrinho was in front of a sister's house with his niece and her daughter when a black Volkswagen Gol with São Paulo license plates passed by and two masked men shot at the serial killer. One of the criminals, who was wearing a clown mask, ordered his 23-year-old niece to get away from Pedrinho, she obeyed the order and then heard gunshots. With Pedrinho already lying on the ground, face down, another masked criminal approached, wielding a kitchen knife and slit his throat.

The car used in the crime was found by the military police about 1.5 kilometers away from the crime scene. It is known that Pedro revealed his location four days before the incident, through the YouTube channel and TikTok that he kept showing his routine, under the name @pedrinhoexmatador.

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