Cannibal serial killer 'Lil' Pedro' murdered 100 people & ate his own father's beating HEART – but now he's walking free
A CANNIBAL serial killer who committed his first murder at age 14 and ate his own father's heart after slaughtering him with a machete is free from jail and back on the streets.
Pedro Rodrigues Filho, nicknamed 'Lil' Pedro Killer', was convicted of 71 murders, but personally claims to have slain more than 100, many of them fellow inmates in prison.
The Brazilian's 36-year crime spree began when he was just a teenager after – in his words – he first felt the "urge to kill".
He took his first life a year later and following the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, embarked on his own bloody revenge mission against a rival gang.
Still not yet 18, he was sent to jail following a string of killings and tortures.
But his most notorious crime was still to come, when, while in jail, he slaughtered his own father with a machete in vengeance for the killing of his mother.
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In a final grotesque twist, he cut out his still-beating heart and took a bite out of it.
While in prison, he is believed to have killed at least 47 fellow inmates, often targeting criminals whose crimes he thought were particularly evil, such as rapists.
However, in 2007, he was freed from prison, due to a Brazilian law about the maximum amount of time a person can serve in jail.
To this day, the 67-year-old Filho remains free and even has a YouTube channel where he documents his life.
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Pedro Rodrigues Filho was born on July 17, 1954, on a farm in Santa Rita do Sapucai, in the south-eastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
The tone for his violent upbringing was set before he was even born when his father kicked his pregnant mother in the belly during a fight.
Filho's skull was bruised and permanently damaged as a result of the incident, and his father's volatile actions would be a feature of his childhood.
At age 13, Filho claims he first felt the urge to kill.
After getting into a row with his older cousin, he attempted to murder the teenager by pushing him into a sugar cane press.
The cousin survived, but Filho would be successful just a year later.
When he was 14, his father was accused of stealing food from a school kitchen where he worked as a security guard and was fired as a result.
In an act of vengeance, Filho murdered the man who fired him with a shotgun.
I cut out a piece of his heart. I chewed it
A month later, he killed another guard that he believed was the real thief, before fleeing to the city of Sao Paulo.
There, he met a woman, Maria Aparecida Olympia, and proposed to her – while continuing his crime spree by robbing slums and murdering a drug dealer.
But one day, his pregnant fiancee was brutally murdered by the dealer's fellow gang members, and Filho launched a fresh wave of terror.
Desperate to track down her murderers, he tortured and killed a number of people until he had their names.
During a wedding organised by the gang's leader, he and his friends massacred the guests, killing seven people and wounding 16 others.
He was still only 18 years old.
Filho's father had always been a violent spouse and had a history of beating his wife.
After believing she had an affair, he murdered and dismembered her with a machete, he was sent to a jail where, coincidentally, his son was being held.
Speaking on Cometa Podcast last year, Filho explained what happened next.
"I found a way to get to the cell where my father was," he said. "He was afraid of me. He was afraid that I would take his life.
"So he waited for me to go to prison to kill my mother."
Filho said that he was given day release to go to his mother's funeral, as the cemetery was close to the prison.
In handcuffs, he said: "I swore revenge in front of my mother's coffin."
Filho stabbed his father a total of 22 times, before carving out his heart and biting a piece out of it.
On this gruesome act, he said: "I just chewed it. I cut out a piece of his heart. I chewed it.
"Because I had said I was going to eat his heart. That's what I did, it was revenge.
"But I didn't swallow, I chewed and threw it over the body."
Despite his own brutal crimes, Filho would often target other criminals who he believed had carried out especially evil acts.
One time, while in the back of a police van after his arrest, he learned that one of the fellow convicts in the back was a known rapist.
By the time the police had got back to the station, Filho had murdered the sex offender.
Another time, he killed his cellmate, whom he accused of spying on him during a conjugal visit.
Filho was originally sentenced to almost 130 years in prison, later extended to 400 years.
However, under Brazilian law at the time, the maximum prison sentence an inmate can serve is 30 years.
Although he ended up serving 34 years, in 2007, he was freed.
Asked in another podcast in 2020 if he would kill again, Filho replied: "No. I would only kill again if someone came to take my life or the lives of the people I love, who are my family."
On his YouTube channel description, he writes: "I am not the monster."
He goes on: "Even those seen and stigmatised as evil can find their light.
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"Nobody said it would be easy, I assume my mistakes, I paid my penalty, so I don't need to be judged or defended by anyone anymore."
He adds: "For those who believe, follow me on the journey to the light because darkness has already consumed more than two-thirds of my life."
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