Pedro Rodrigues Filho (born 17 June 1954), also known as Pedrinho Matador (Killer Lil Pedro, Killer Killer Petey, or simply Killer Petey), is a Brazilian convicted serial/spree killer known for pursuing and killing exclusively criminals as a teenager, between the age of 14 and 19, in particular an entire gang in response to the murder of his pregnant girlfriend. Officially sentenced for 71 murders but claiming to have killed over 100 drug dealers, rapists, and murderers, he served 34 years in prison before his release in 2007. In 2011, Filho was imprisoned again on charges of inciting riot and deprivation of liberty while initially imprisoned and sentenced for to a further eight years of prison, before being released again in 2018 after seven years on good behavior. His victims included 47 prisoners (primarily rapists) whom he murdered inside the prisons in which he was imprisoned.
Since his second release from prison in 2018, after announcing himself to be reformed from his self-declared vigilantism as a youth, and committed to not committing any more crimes, Filho is considered a Brazilian celebrity and YouTuber, maintaining a YouTube channel called Pedrinho EX Matador (later renamed 2P Entretenimento), commentating on modern crimes while educating the public that criminal acts are not something to be proud of.
Following Filhos initial planned 2003 release, author Jeff Lindsay began publishing a novel series about a fictional American serial killer of killers inspired by Filho, named Dexter Morgan. The series success, along with that of its 2006 television adaptation and 2022 revival, led to widespread retrospective media attention being brought to Filho, with him becoming internationally known alternately both as the ”Brazilian Dexter ” and the ”South American Punisher ” (after the Marvel Comics character of the same name).
Rodrigues was born on a farm in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, south of Minas Gerais. His skull had been bruised as a result of his father kicking his pregnant mothers belly during a fight. He claimed he felt the urge to kill for the first time at age 13—when in a fight with an older cousin, he pushed the young man into a sugar cane press, almost killing him, and had considered leaving him there to die before electing to save him.