Published on Friday, March 11, 2011 and posted with permission from Stacy Dittrich from Women In Crime Ink:
He sat on his front porch steps in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, on a sunny day in May 1975 when he spotted 5-year-old Jason Foreman (pictured, left) walking in front of his house. Bored, then-16-year-old Michael Woodmansee thought to himself, "I wonder what it would be like to kill someone?" Without blinking an eye, Woodmansee called out to the young boy, brought him inside his home, and proceeded to stab him in the chest. Seven years later ,he tried to murder a 14-year-old boy. Now, 35 years later, Woodmansee is about to be released. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Don't even think the word "rehabilitated," because I can assure you it will not apply in this case. Unfortunately, it will take the murder of another child to wise up the criminal justice system. Believe me, it will happen. All Woodmansee (pictured, right) knows is prison, and he clearly isn't wired right. The details of the horrific murder Woodmansee committed are nauseating. Only after his arrest did police discover Jason's remains and learn how he had met his fate. Jason's bones were sitting on Woodmansee's dresser. He had written journals throughout the years giving investigators a front-row seat to his crimes.
Many say Woodmansee actually consumed Jason's remains, but that hasn't been proven, as the journals are still sealed. Regardless, the vicious disregard for human life and consequence shown by Woodmansee is truly frightening. Let's not forget, it was impossible to prove whether or not Jason was sexually assaulted. The fact that Woodmansee targeted another male in his second attack tells me there is a strong possibility his crimes were sexually motivated. But, Woodmansee will never admit to that.
Woodmansee was sentenced in 1982 to 40 years in prison. To date, he has only served 28 years, but Rhode Island law states that the sentences of inmates can be shortened by good behavior and prison jobs. The prosecuting attorney in the case, Susan McGuirl - now a Superior Court judge - told the Providence Journal that Woodmansee's early release was "shocking," and added, "He should of gotten a life sentence, but, stupidly, I allowed a plea bargain to go so I wouldn't have to put up with the agony of hearing all the evidence at the time." (Raise eyebrow and shout a big WTH here.)
I truly hope Judge McGuirl will be prepared to stomach the details of any future murders committed by Woodmansee, because, frankly, she didn't do her job and did a great disservice to the community, the victim's family, and parents everywhere. It was her job to know that early release would be a possibility and explain it to the victim's family at the time. It is highly doubtful they would have agreed to this had they known. The community in South Kingstown is outraged, and they are protesting, with good reason. I submit that not only should they protest this monster's release, but they should demand Judge McGuirl's disbarment.
For those of you who believe in rehabilitation, I'll refer you to the case of Joel Yockey (pictured, left) who was sentenced to 25 years for kidnapping and raping a young girl. The parole board deemed him rehabilitated and let him out after only serving seven years. Within two weeks of his release, he kidnapped Kristen Jackson, 14, raped her and dismembered her body. Some of her remains have never been found. There's your rehabilitation. >Bottom line: The criminal justice system failed miserably in this case. I can only hope that the Rhode Island criminal justice system will redeem itself before this animal is released in August.
Case Two: Was Justice Susan McGuirl administering justice or showing partiality and indifference regarding Troy Lassiter's bail?