Tuesday Mar 07, 2023
SAO PAULO: A self-described vigilante murderer who rose to fame in Brazil for claiming to have killed more than 100 victims, mainly drug dealers, rapists and other criminals, was shot dead near Sao Paulo, authorities said Monday.
Pedro Rodrigues Filho, dubbed "Brazil’s biggest serial killer," died Sunday of multiple gunshot wounds in the southeastern city of Mogi das Cruzes, said the Sao Paulo state public security department.
"The suspects fled after the crime," it said in a statement.
Rodrigues, 68, spent 42 years in prison for homicide.
He shot to fame for a series of high-profile interviews in the Brazilian media, in which he claimed to have killed his victims because they had themselves committed crimes.
Known as "Pedrinho Matador," or "Little Pedro the Killer," Rodrigues had also been nicknamed the "Brazilian Dexter," for the US series about a vigilante serial killer.
Released in 2018, Rodrigues began a new life as a social media personality, racking up more than 250,000 followers on the video app Kwai with posts telling his unusual life story, commenting on high-profile cases and warning young people against a life of crime.
Criminologist Ilana Casoy, who met Rodrigues, described him as a charismatic man who was "joyful, casual and intelligent."
"He fascinated people — a reflection of our society, in a country where only 10 percent of homicides are brought to justice," she told the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.