Case 127

Killer Petey

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Case 127

Killer Petey

Pedro Rodrigues Filho, or Pedrinho as he came to be called, was born on June 17 1954. He had a misshapen skull due to a deliberate kick his mother, Manuela, had received to her pregnant belly from her husband, Pedro Rodrigues Senior. Given the level of violence their father inflicted upon their mother, Pedrinho and his seven younger siblings were lucky to be born at all.

Pedro Senior worked hard for a meagre salary as a night security guard at a local school, and was considered an agreeable man until he drank alcohol, which brought out his violent temper. Manuela was a religious disciplinarian who was quick to punish her children and unafraid to administer beatings. Her eldest, Pedrinho, would often accompany her to church, but he never understood what the pastor was saying and would sometimes fall asleep, earning him a thrashing. 

Pedrinho’s grandfather, Joaquim, whom Pedrinho described as “a simple gentleman,” became his mentor, teaching him skills he needed in order to survive, including how to swim, plant, harvest, hunt, and defend himself. Joaquim took Pedrinho to his job at the butchery and taught him how to carve up an ox carcass, which served Pedrinho well when he later started work at a chicken slaughterhouse. Joaquim coached Pedrinho to become a, quote: “worthy, correct, and just man.” He grew into a tough teenager, and although he was smaller than most boys his age, he was determined and fearless.

Pedrinho’s most defining characteristic was his deep resentment of injustice.

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

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NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Eileen Ormsby

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

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Pedro Rodrigues Filho, or Pedrinho as he came to be called, was born on June 17 1954. He had a misshapen skull due to a deliberate kick his mother, Manuela, had received to her pregnant belly from her husband, Pedro Rodrigues Senior. Given the level of violence their father inflicted upon their mother, Pedrinho and his seven younger siblings were lucky to be born at all.

Pedro Senior worked hard for a meagre salary as a night security guard at a local school, and was considered an agreeable man until he drank alcohol, which brought out his violent temper. Manuela was a religious disciplinarian who was quick to punish her children and unafraid to administer beatings. Her eldest, Pedrinho, would often accompany her to church, but he never understood what the pastor was saying and would sometimes fall asleep, earning him a thrashing. 

Pedrinho’s grandfather, Joaquim, whom Pedrinho described as “a simple gentleman,” became his mentor, teaching him skills he needed in order to survive, including how to swim, plant, harvest, hunt, and defend himself. Joaquim took Pedrinho to his job at the butchery and taught him how to carve up an ox carcass, which served Pedrinho well when he later started work at a chicken slaughterhouse. Joaquim coached Pedrinho to become a, quote: “worthy, correct, and just man.” He grew into a tough teenager, and although he was smaller than most boys his age, he was determined and fearless.

Pedrinho’s most defining characteristic was his deep resentment of injustice.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Eileen Ormsby

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

ShipStation – Try ShipStation FREE for 60 days with promo code ‘casefile’

Calm – Get 25% off Calm Premium subscription

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