12 Of The Most Visited Stories On All That’s Interesting In 2018

Published December 29, 2018
Updated December 30, 2018

Meet Pedro Rodrigues Filho, The Serial Killer Of Other Criminals

Pedro Rodrigues Filho

YouTubePedro Rodrigues Filho, also known as “Pedrinho Matador.”

Pedro Rodrigues Filho is one serious serial killer. He’s responsible for at least 70 murders, 10 of which he committed before he reached the age of 18.

When it comes to Pedro Rodrigues Filho though, being a good guy can actually pay off. Filho targeted victims who, for the most part, weren’t just average everyday people. Described by one analyst as the “perfect psychopath,” Filho went after other criminals and those who had wronged him.

Filho’s life started out rough from the moment he came into the world. He was born in 1954 in Minas Gerais, Brazil with an injured skull as a result of a beating his mother took from his father while she was pregnant.

Filho committed his first kill when he was just 14. The victim was his town’s vice-Mayor. The man had recently fired Filho’s father, who was working as a school guard, for allegedly stealing food from the school. So Filho shot him in front of city hall with a shotgun.

Pedrinho Matador

YouTubePedro Rodrigues Filho also known as “Pedrinho Matador.”

Later in life, the woman he loved was killed by gang members, which kickstarted Filho’s career as a ruthless revenge killer. He tracked down several people related to her murder, torturing and killing them in his mission to find the gang member who took his girlfriend’s life.

Filho was ultimately arrested on May 24, 1973. After being thrown in prison with a bunch of convicted criminals, his tendency to kill those who he felt deserved to die ratcheted up. He killed at least 47 of his fellow inmates, which made up a majority of his murders.

Though Filho was initially sentenced to 128 years in prison, the crimes he committed while he was in jail upped his sentence to 400 years. But by Brazilian law, the maximum prison sentence is 30 years.

He served an additional four for the murders he carried out in prison. So in 2007, he was released.

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Bernadette Deron
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Bernadette Deron is a digital media producer and writer from New York City who holds a Master's in publishing from New York University. Her work has appeared in Yahoo, MSN, AOL, and Insider.
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Leah Silverman
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A former associate editor for All That's Interesting, Leah Silverman holds a Master's in Fine Arts from Columbia University's Creative Writing Program and her work has appeared in Catapult, Town & Country, Women's Health, and Publishers Weekly.
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Deron, Bernadette. "12 Of The Most Visited Stories On All That’s Interesting In 2018." AllThatsInteresting.com, December 29, 2018, https://allthatsinteresting.com/popular-stories-2018. Accessed June 23, 2024.