Peter Woodcock


"Christ , Kid , you're a weirdo!"
Peter Woodcock (born March 5, 1939) is a Canadian serial killer and child rapist who murdered three young children in Toronto, Canada in 1956 and 1957 when he was still a teenager. Woodcock was apprehended in 1957, declared legally insane and placed in Oak Ridge, an Ontario psychiatric facility located in Penetanguishene. In 1982 he legally changed his name to David Michael Krueger. Woodcock also murdered a fellow psychiatric patient in 1991, at the medium-security hospital in Brockville, Ontario, during the first hour of his very first weekend pass. Woodcock was being supervised on the pass by Bruce Hamill, a former patient who killed an elderly Ottawa woman in 1984. Hamill was an accomplice in the Brockville murder, and both men were subsequently returned to Oak Ridge.

* Wayne Mallette - seven-year-old boy lured into the deserted Toronto Exhibition grounds on September 15, 1956 and suffocated. The victim was undressed and then redressed. The killers sprinkled 10 coins and defecated near the body.

* Gary Morris - nine-year-old boy lured to Cherry Beach on October 6, 1956. Victim was also undressed and redressed. Paper clips were scattered near the body. He had been strangled and beaten to death. Bite marks were also found on the victim.

* Carole Voyce - four-year-old girl murdered by Woodcock on January 19, 1957 in a ravine under the Prince Edward Viaduct. Victim was violated with a tree branch and beaten with a rock.

* Dennis Kerr - psychiatric inmate murdered on July 13, 1991 with a knife and hatchet by Peter Woodcock with the help of a former inmate, Bruce Hamill.

Woodcock arrived in Penetang just as psychiatrists began trying to find ways to cure psychopathic offenders. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was fed LSD. He participated in something called "The Hundred Day Hate-In," where psychopaths were jammed into a room together to force them to develop empathy. He was given powerful drugs and lived in a giant, dark artificial womb for several days.
These treatments did not work. Woodcock was transferred to less restrictive institutions, eventually arriving at the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital. Staff indulged his passion for trains by taking him to the Smiths Falls Railway Museum, and took him to see Silence of the Lambs.
At the same time, Woodcock, who had legally changed his name to David Michael Krueger, had rekindled a relationship with Bruce Hamill, an Ottawa killer who had been released from Penetang and was working as a security guard at the Ottawa courthouse.
Woodcock convinced Hamill an alien brotherhood would solve his problems if he helped kill another Brockville inmate, Dennis Kerr.
On July 13, 1991, Hamill went to a hardware store, bought a plumber's wrench, hatchet, knives and a sleeping bag, then went to the Brockville hospital and signed out Woodcock on his first publicly escorted day pass. They lured Kerr to a secluded spot and butchered him.
Hamill took a handful of over-the-counter sleeping pills and waited for the aliens to come. Woodcock went to the town police station and confessed.
The murder generated a coroner's inquest and many calls for a revamping of the system that determines whether mentally ill offenders are well enough to be released.
Woodcock was taken back to Penetang, where he spent the final 18 years of his life. In his later years, he was a frail-looking man who followed Toronto news closely, listened to short-wave radio broadcasts, and made a quiet life for himself behind the barred doors and double locks of the Penetang institution. He had no family: his death was reported to his lawyer by another serial killer.
In the years after Kerr's murder, he was the focus of a biography and several documentary films. In his careful, soft-spoken voice, he sometimes tried to explain why he killed, but he never came up with rational reasons.
"I'm accused of having no morality, which is a fair assessment, because my morality is whatever the system allows," he said in a 1993 interview.