Jason Foreman was like any other 5 year old boy. He loved playing with his brothers and friends in his South Kingston, RI neighborhood because up until the day he went missing it was considered a safe neighborhood.
On May 18, 1978 which was his mothers 25th birthday he was outside playing with his friends and brother when they got into a fight. Like any 5 year old he decided to go home because he was upset. Unfortunately, for him his journey home lead him to walk past Michael Woodmansee’s front yard. The 16-year-old loner was sitting on his front stoop when he called little Jason inside his home.
The exact details of Jason’s last moments are pretty clear. The monster decided to stab Jason with a kitchen knife because as he stated at his court appearance he wanted to see what it felt like to kill someone. …because as we know here at PYSIH that seems to be a normal feeling that is explored…not…after he murdered Jason he put his body in a plastic bag and left him in a trunk in his cellar for four to five years.
Jason’s disappearance is one of the most infamous crimes in RI history. People from all over the state came together and searched every section of his small, close knit neighborhood. They searched every house on his block, except the murderer’s because his father was a police reservist so he was ordered to search his own home…someone is kicking themselves today for that decision….
There was no sign of Jason or any clues as to what happened for 7 years. His mother never gave up hope that her son was out there and stated she would not believe he was dead until she had evidence pointing to that direction.
Michael Woodmansee thought he had gotten away with murder. He was comfortable that no one would find out about the bag of bones that he now kept in his room so his family would not find them in the basement. So comfortable that on April 15th, 1982 he lured a 14 year-old newspaper delivery boy into his home where he proceeded to get him drunk to the point that he passed out.
That boy had an angel watching over him that little Jason did not because he woke up with Woodmansee on top of him strangling him. He was able to break free and ran home to tell his father about what happened. His father went to the Woodmansee home and confronted this beast and ultimately ended up punching him (go dad!).
Michael Woodmansee called the police and told them about the fight and all the parties were asked to come to the station to work it out. Once the victim explained what happened a light bulb went off and decided to question him about little Jason’s disappearance.
After some interrogation Michael Woodmansee confessed to the murder of Jason Freeman 7 years earlier. He told the officers where they would find his bones and that there was also a journal detailing what happened but that most of it was fiction….like we believe that right??
They found Jason’s skull on his dresser and the remainder of most of his bones in a bag and also the infamous journal that would leave Jason’s father with nightmares that will last the rest of his life. The Providence Journal described the state of Jason’s bones as:
“The most striking aspect of the bones, the doctor said, was that all traces of flesh appeared to have been purposely removed. To be crude, said Dr. Arthur C. Burns, it’s a matter of boiling them with lye, a weak lye-type solution and soap.The mixture, he said dissolves the tissue and allows it to be taken off the bones very cleanly. The bones had also been shellacked.”
Jason’s father has said that the journal had mentioned that Woodmansee had cannibalized his son’s flesh. You have that right people he ate this little boy… Hannibal Lector much?
Jason’s family was able to finally have the peace of mind because they were able to bury their baby. The truth ended up opening a whole new can of worms for them and the town as a whole who had hoped he would return home safely.
They decided to not have a trial because they did not want all of the gory details about their sons brutal sexual assault and murder dragged out so Michael Woodmansee’s attorney ended up accepting a plea bargain of 40 years…that infuriates me because I have a 3 year old son and I would want the murder of my child to be found guilty of this horrible crime and serve the maximum number of years possible!
Fast forward to 2011, looks like Mr. Woodmansee has behaved very well behind bars and he has shaved off 12 years of his sentence. He is due to be released in August of this year. Jason did not get 12 more years of his life and this monster should not be let out any earlier then he deserves to be.
Jason’s father has gone on the record stating he will murder this man if he is released just as aggressively as he murdered his baby:
“I do intend, if this man is released anywhere in my vicinity, or if I can find him after the fact, I do intend to kill this man”
John Foreman is pleading to have the journal released to the public so everyone can see what this maniac did to his son before and after his death. This story has been featured on Nancy Grace and is gaining media attention nationwide.
It is a sad day to live in a country where these murderers can scrub some toilets and not get into any fights and be released more than a decade earlier then their sentence.
There has been a petition set up – “Please Keep Michael Woodmansee in Prison for his Full Term!” – You can access it by Clicking Here.
Please sign it to try and keep this monster away from our children. Let’s not forget this guy only got caught because he was trying to murder ANOTHER boy meaning he should be considered a serial killer….just saying…
This Story Was Written And Submitted By mrs401 – Another First Class Effort By Another First Time Writer.
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