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Poem written by 'Thrill Killer' helped persuade parole board

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By: Alexandra Cowley


A poem written by Alfred Brissette is part of the reason he was paroled. The parole board used that poem as part of its decision to release the cold blooded killer from prison, 20 years early.


The poem is called The Song–Tooth. A piece Alfred Brissette wrote during his time behind bars. It was part of many programs that help inmates like Brissette, convicted of a heinous murder, walk free.

"A warriors rage in a garden of blood, this is very dark and disturbing, " said Carolyn Medeiros of the Alliance for Safe Communities.

Medeiros read pieces of the poem written by thrill killer Alfred Brissette.

"Dreams of hope, darkness, and fear, an ice axe," she read.

The poem was featured in an art gallery in Wakefield and helped persuade the Rhode Island parole board Brissette was on the path to recovery. Brissette walked free on Tuesday, after serving just 13 of his 35 year sentence. He earned the name thrill killer, because he and his cohort brutally murdered Jeannette Descoteaux in Burrillville back in 1999, just to see what it would feel like.

Medeiros said, "It was a thrill kill, he did it for the experience the judge said that, it was for fun, so I would be concerned that it may be a child, an adult, or an animal that he may act out again."

The Providence neighborhood where Alfred Brissette now calls home is outraged to learn the killer is now their new neighbor.

"well you never know. he might want top get his thrills and start killing again," said one man.

"whatever happens, happens, is that the attitude?" asked another neighbor.

Brissette is wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet and is being randomly checked up on by the Providence Police. But for Medeiros, that's not enough.

"I see him to pose a risk, maybe not right now, but maybe six months from now," said Medeiros.

The public was never notified where Brissette was going to live. It's possible he'll be moved again, even several times, and you'll never know where he ends up.

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