Thursday, February 16, 2006
Woonsocket serial killer sentenced
The serial killing career of Woonsocket resident Jeffrey Mailhot has come to end. Yesterday, Mailhot entered a guilty plea for three counts of murder and one count of assault at the Rhode Island Superior Court in Providence.
Jude Mark Pfeiffer then handed down Mailhot's sentences: two life sentences for the murders, plus a 10 year sentence for assault for two of the three murders he was accused of committing. Mailhot, now 35, will be theoretically eligible for parole at the age 0f 77. Mailhot has been transported to the ACI in Cranston to start serving his sentences.
Mailhot was accused of killing three prostitutes at his apartment at 221 Cato Street in Woonsocket before carving up the corpses in his bathtub with a handsaw, and disposing of them in trash bags. One of the trashbags was found at the central landfill in Johnston, where the body was identified as that of a missing Woonsocket prostitute. Mailhot was also captured on a security camera at a Lowe's home improvement store in Woonsocket, buying the handsaw the day after the woman's disappearance.
He was finally arrested after assaulting the woman who would have been his fourth murder victim - but she managed to escape and identify him to Woonsocket police.
With a pop culture reference that's sure to make CNN, Mailhot credited his inspiration to the HBO drama "The Sopranos", specifically an episode where the antihero protagonist of the series, Tony Soprano, disposes of his rival Ralph Cifaretto with a handsaw in a bathtub. It's a shame that it's this little touch which is bound to attract the interest of the national press, not the conviction of a depraved killer who slew three women few people cared about in a dingy industrial city in a small state that usually keeps a low media profile.
Jeffrey Mailhot now joins Warwick's Craig Price as Rhode Island's most notorious living serial killer. As a small state with a relatively low population, Rhode Island has few high profile killers, and now, thanks to Mailhot's conviction, zero serial killers on the loose in the Ocean State.