|“||I don't even like to talk about that devil. He only killed innocent people...poor women.||”|
— Filho about Francisco de Assis Pereira
Filho was born in a farm at Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Brazil, on June 17, 1954. He was born with a damaged skull, which was indirectly inflicted by his father when he physically abused Filho's mother while she was still pregnant with him. Filho was also physically abused by his father during his childhood. While he was still a child, Filho attempted to murder his cousin by pushing him into a sugar cane press, but he was unsuccessful.
Murders, Arrest and Incarceration
When Filho was fourteen years old, his father was accused of stealing food from the high school kitchen where he worked as a security guard, resulting in him losing his job. In vengeance, Filho killed the vice-mayor of Alfenas with a shotgun, as he was the one who fired his father. A month later, he killed another guard at the school whom he believed to be the real thief. After killing them, he took refuge in São Paulo, where he started to burglarize local slums. He also killed a drug dealer during the burglary spree. At São Paulo, Filho met a woman, Maria Aparecida Olympia, who would later become his fiancée. At some point, she was brutally murdered by gang members. Angered by this, Filho committed a massacre during a wedding organized by the gang's leader, where he and some friends brutally killed seven people and injured sixteen others. Months after the massacre, he discovered that the boyfriend of his favorite cousin had impregnated her but refused to marry her; and fatally shot him in revenge. Later, Filho found out that his father was in prison for murdering and dismembering his mother with a machete. Filho visited his father in prison, and killed him by stabbing him 22 times. After the murder, he carved his heart out and bit a piece of it.
Filho continued to kill many criminals and was finally arrested on May 24, 1973. After his arrest, Filho was placed in a car with another criminal, a rapist, whom he murdered. During his incarceration, he continued to kill people in prison, claiming the lives of 47 inmates. He sometimes killed inmates because of his past as a killer of criminals, which caused a majority of the prison population to hate him. In one attack by other inmates, Filho was ambushed but he killed three of his attackers and injured the other two. Other inmates were chosen randomly: one of his victims, a cellmate and career criminal, was killed simply because he snored too much. Some of his victims were killed because, according to him, the thrill of killing another criminal was wonderful and satisfying. Filho was almost released from prison in 2003, but the release request was turned down because of his murders inside prison. He was officially released on April 24, 2007, but he was arrested again at his house on September 15, 2011, and convicted of riot and false imprisonment. He admitted that his only motivation to be released was the fact that he had a girlfriend out of prison. He was later sentenced to 128 years in prison for these charges. He currently remains incarcerated.
In most cases, Filho targeted various kinds of criminals, finding them by looking up their names and addresses before brutally killing them in a variety of ways, though he stated that his favorite way to murder criminals was stabbing and/or hacking them to death with blades. He was usually spurred to act after hearing a crime was committed. In some instances, he would capture criminals (mostly career criminals and drug dealers) and torture them to death whenever he was motivated by anger instead of thrill. On occasion, he would change his M.O. by adopting the M.O. previously used by his victims during the commission of their own crimes, such as when he killed his father or when he killed seven people in one single day.
Filho was described by psychiatrists as "the perfect psychopath", though others preferred to classify him as a sociopath instead. A psychological report diagnosed Filho with paranoid and antisocial traits. Criminologist and writer Ilana Casoy suggested that Filho was a "avenger/vigilante"-type serial killer with great intelligence and an almost photographic memory who built all of his identity over his murders.
- Unspecified date in 1967: An unnamed cousin (alleged; attempted to push into a sugar cane press)
- Unspecified dates in 1968:
- The unnamed vice-mayor of Alfenas (shot with a shotgun)
- Unnamed school guard (shot with a shotgun like the previous victim)
- Unspecified dates from 1969 to 1973:
- Unnamed man (a drug dealer; killed by unknown causes)
- The wedding massacre:
- Seven unnamed people (all gang members; all shot)
- Sixteen unnamed people (all gang members; attempted, but survived; all were non-fatally shot)
- His unnamed father (a murderer; stabbed 22 times; ripped out his heart and ate a piece of it post-mortem)
- The unnamed man who impregnated his cousin (shot)
- At least eleven unnamed criminals (all killed by various causes)
- May 24, 1973: Unnamed man (a rapist; killed by unkown causes)
- Unspecified dates from 1973 to 2003:
- Francisco de Assis Pereira (a serial killer and rapist; intended)
- João Acásio da Costa (a serial killer and robber; bludgeoned with an unspecified object; survived)
- Hosmany Ramos (a murderer and bank robber; attempted)
- Unnamed inmate (a murderer; decapitated with a knife)
- Two unnamed cellmates (killed by unknown causes)
- Unnamed Inmate (killed by unknown causes)
- Attacked the following during an attempt on his own life:
- Three unnamed inmates (all killed by unknown causes)
- Two unnamed inmates (attempted, but survived; both were injured)
- At least 40 unnamed inmates (all killed by various causes)
- Note: Filho once claimed that his body count exceeded 100 victims, though this claim was never confirmed by authorities. Filho has only a total of 71 confirmed killed victims.
On Criminal Minds
Filho's loss of his fiancée to gang members and his subsequent revenge killings is drastically similar to Jonny McHale (True Night). Like Filho, Jonny saw himself as a hero through his actions, and hacked his victims to death with long bladed weapons (unlike Filho, who had varying means of killing).
Filho is also similar to Vincent Perotta (Natural Born Killer), as both were prolific serial killers who killed their abusive fathers, would torture their victims, killed their first victims as teenagers, and had a varying M.O.