Case 132

Rui Pedro Teixeira Mendonça

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Case 132

Rui Pedro Teixeira Mendonça

On Wednesday, March 4 1998, shortly after 2:00 pm, 11-year-old Rui Pedro asked his mother Filomena if he could spend the rest of the afternoon taking a car ride with his friend, Afonso Dias. Filomena refused. Rui Pedro was unhappy about his mother’s decision but ultimately accepted it.

Filomena reminded him that he had a tutoring lesson at 5:00 pm and suggested he play in the vacant field behind her office in the meantime. The large space was framed by dry grass, trees, and shrubs, and contained a circular dirt track occasionally used for horse racing. Although the field was surrounded by main roads, cars didn’t usually access the area, making it a popular place for children to play. Rui Pedro did as his mother told, waving goodbye as he happily pedaled off on his bike towards the field.

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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

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Researched, written, and edited by Milly Raso, Erin Munro, and Elsha McGill

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

 

 

RESOURCES

 

TIMELINE:

The main moments of the case Rui Pedro

 

VIDEO:

Video message for Rui Pedro on the 16th anniversary of his disappearance

 

ARCHIVED WEBSITES:

Rui Pedro.net

 

ARTICLES:

‘Hello? I have in front of me your grandson Rui Pedro, eating an ice cream’ – Publico

Hell of paedo haven – Mirror

‘What about our missing children?’ – The Telegraph

Rui Pedro Case: He died without knowing his grandson – Cofina Media

Argument of the case Rui Pedro refutes accusation that alleges that suspect does not have alibi – Publico

“I swear by the health of my son that I did nothing” – Publico

Prostitute confirms meeting with Rui Pedro – TSF News

Prostitute says that defendant took Pedro the day of the disappearance – JN

Inspector believes that Rui Pedro is still alive – Expresso

Mother of Rui Pedro fed the serum – CM

“I too could have been missing” – JN

MP and Rui Pedro’s parents demand a repeat of the trial – Publico

Rui Pedro: Final allegations scheduled for January 26 – TSF News

Man sentenced to jail for kidnapping missing Rui Pedro – Portugal Resident

Mother of Rui Pedro: “I feel such a great revolt” – Flash!

Mother of Rui Pedro “revolted” with liberation of Afonso Dias – Flash!

Afonso Dias believes that Rui Pedro is alive – Diario de Noticias

Rui Pedro disappeared 20 years ago and only convicted of this case reaffirms innocence – Observador

Filomena Teixeira: “He [Afonso Dias] could put himself in my place, he also has a son…” – Caras

Rui Pedro’s mother makes new emotional appeal – Sapo

Rui Pedro’s family sends video to police due to similarities – Sabado

For Pedro, on his birthday – CM

Rui Pedro’s mother marks her son’s birthday with a touching message – Impala News

Guilty after six-year trial, Portugal’s high-society paedophile ring – Independent

 

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On Wednesday, March 4 1998, shortly after 2:00 pm, 11-year-old Rui Pedro asked his mother Filomena if he could spend the rest of the afternoon taking a car ride with his friend, Afonso Dias. Filomena refused. Rui Pedro was unhappy about his mother’s decision but ultimately accepted it.

Filomena reminded him that he had a tutoring lesson at 5:00 pm and suggested he play in the vacant field behind her office in the meantime. The large space was framed by dry grass, trees, and shrubs, and contained a circular dirt track occasionally used for horse racing. Although the field was surrounded by main roads, cars didn’t usually access the area, making it a popular place for children to play. Rui Pedro did as his mother told, waving goodbye as he happily pedaled off on his bike towards the field.

______

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:

Researched, written, and edited by Milly Raso, Erin Munro, and Elsha McGill

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

 

 

RESOURCES

 

TIMELINE:

The main moments of the case Rui Pedro

 

VIDEO:

Video message for Rui Pedro on the 16th anniversary of his disappearance

 

ARCHIVED WEBSITES:

Rui Pedro.net

 

ARTICLES:

‘Hello? I have in front of me your grandson Rui Pedro, eating an ice cream’ – Publico

Hell of paedo haven – Mirror

‘What about our missing children?’ – The Telegraph

Rui Pedro Case: He died without knowing his grandson – Cofina Media

Argument of the case Rui Pedro refutes accusation that alleges that suspect does not have alibi – Publico

“I swear by the health of my son that I did nothing” – Publico

Prostitute confirms meeting with Rui Pedro – TSF News

Prostitute says that defendant took Pedro the day of the disappearance – JN

Inspector believes that Rui Pedro is still alive – Expresso

Mother of Rui Pedro fed the serum – CM

“I too could have been missing” – JN

MP and Rui Pedro’s parents demand a repeat of the trial – Publico

Rui Pedro: Final allegations scheduled for January 26 – TSF News

Man sentenced to jail for kidnapping missing Rui Pedro – Portugal Resident

Mother of Rui Pedro: “I feel such a great revolt” – Flash!

Mother of Rui Pedro “revolted” with liberation of Afonso Dias – Flash!

Afonso Dias believes that Rui Pedro is alive – Diario de Noticias

Rui Pedro disappeared 20 years ago and only convicted of this case reaffirms innocence – Observador

Filomena Teixeira: “He [Afonso Dias] could put himself in my place, he also has a son…” – Caras

Rui Pedro’s mother makes new emotional appeal – Sapo

Rui Pedro’s family sends video to police due to similarities – Sabado

For Pedro, on his birthday – CM

Rui Pedro’s mother marks her son’s birthday with a touching message – Impala News

Guilty after six-year trial, Portugal’s high-society paedophile ring – Independent

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Calm – Get 25% off Calm Premium subscription

MVMT – Get 20% off your order with FREE shipping and FREE returns with promo code ‘HOLIDAY19’ ***Black Friday Deal***

Quip – Get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush

SimpliSafe – Get 25% off any new system + free HD security camera ***Cyber Monday Deal***

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