Killer: I'm all better; free me

Killer: I'm all better; free me

There are 36 comments on the The Patriot Ledger story from May 17, 2007, titled Killer: I'm all better; free me. In it, The Patriot Ledger reports that:

After clubbing Shaun Ouillette to death with a baseball bat in Canton more than 20 years ago, 14-year-old Rod Matthews wiped off the murder weapon and went home to do his homework. via The Patriot Ledger

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Classmate

Boston, MA

#22 Feb 28, 2013
I was in this class at Canton High, this was a disturbing time in my life. We were all friends Shaun, Rod myself and many others. We used to hang out all the time and do the same things kids our age 14 at the time did back then. In 86 this was equivalent to some teen shooting up the school. Rod was the class clown funny and liked by everyone. Shaun was very shy and had a small group of friends. Rod killed Shaun and then came to school, hung out after school and went along with life like nothing happened, that's the part that floored all of us, he was in school for a month acting as if he was concerned Shaun was missing. Rod made the mistake of telling a few people and showing them the body. They were friends as well. They dimed him out thank god. They caught Rod and he's been away since. Rod had my name and many others on a list of people he wanted to kill. When we found out it was Rod we were all sad for both families very hard situation for a 14yr old. Rod had no remorse and I don't think this is something you can fix, it's inherent he is one of those people that just had no feelings and was real empty inside. Hopefully he is better he was a great guy as I remember before all of this. RIP Shaun and May God Bless you and forgive you for your horrible sin Rod.
krnges

Pelham, NH

#23 Nov 22, 2013
I don't believe ADD drugs caused Rod Matthews to do what he did. I believe he is a mentally troubled person and his parents and the medical community hoped the ADD drug would help him, but the drug did not help him because there was more going on there. The drug did not cause him to act out like that.
Middlesex County Resident

Acton, MA

#24 Mar 10, 2014
Back in 1988 or 1989 I was picked for a Committee from Middlesex County to look into the Correctional facilities within Middlesex County. I toured the Concord State Prison and was escorted into the Isolation Unit. In this segregated unit there were about 6 cells on the bottom floor and 6 on the top. Rod Matthews was the lone occupant of the first cell to the left. His cell had several cards and letters taped to the wall and I saw Rod looking into a vanity mirror secured to his right concrete wall and watched as he plucked his eyebrows. Attached to the from of his cell was a professionally made sign that I will never forget. The sign read " FOUR EYES ONLY ". I asked what this meant and was told by the 2 guards sitting across from his cell at a table , they said Rod is an underage inmate if anything happens to Rod the Commonwealth will never be able to place another underage person to an adult prison. I asked what happens when he reaches adulthood , they both motioned as if washing their hands indicating ....whatever happens will not be our problem. It was interesting to see his next door neighbor was another priceless state criminal , tiny beady eyed Daniel LaPlante. When the US Supreme Court ruled that children convicted of first degree murder cannot be sentenced to life without parole they opened the door to all these juvenile cold blooded killers to be set free. I have never had a problem with rulings of the Supreme Court and they typically render sound judgment but in regards to these two felons they missed the boat. Their decision to allow these two to someday walk free is a disgrace.
James

Cincinnati, OH

#26 Mar 11, 2014
I am not trying to offend anyone by this either- I could be completely 100% wrong- but I like to investigate cases. Was Rod Matthews bullied? Was his home life truly rough? If he was a class clown surely he had a decent life? With all these shootings these days, I don't know what to believe anymore. If he started crying in the courtroom then surely he felt some remorse? There is no excuse for murdering someone because of bullying or home life problems but the evidence of a possible reaction to a powerful drug is possible. My heart goes out to Shaun and his spirit will carry on for the good in this world.
Dan

United States

#27 Mar 16, 2014
I went to Canton High, I knew Judy, met her brother several times with Cash fishing at the reservoir. Both families had issues, low income, drugs, social problems broken family. My personal opinion is that Mathews is a deviant and always was. Sorry Rod, but if you were "cured" you would not want to go on living with what you have done.

TTDMF
John Hickey

Boston, MA

#28 May 30, 2014
You're grouping murder in with "outrageous things 14 year olds do"? Seriously??
john schifone

Lawrence, MA

#29 Jun 3, 2014
Keep that freak in jail!! The killer thats all betta haha get the hell outa here hes evil with that dead stare on him let him rot in there lil pussyfart
GIMCfan

Newark, DE

#30 Dec 2, 2014
I saw this story on an episode of ghost inside my child. A boy claims to be Shaun reincarnated and at the end of the episode he meets up with Shaun's mom. Very disturbing and sad article but they episode of Ghost insit my child is worth watching.
Kundrot dionkie

West Bridgewater, MA

#31 Dec 5, 2014
The short fingered sissy dionkie agrees!!!
Concerned

Pikeville, KY

#32 Dec 22, 2014
I left Canton in 1953, didn't,t know about this story till I saw it on "Ghost in my Child" a couple weeks ago. So sad. I lived near Pleasant St. On Prospect St. Used to go thru the woods there to get to Canton Resovoir , to fish off the wall by the Dam house.

Since: Sep 15

United States

#33 Sep 26, 2015
NotThrowingTheFirstStone wrote:
How many outrageous things did you do as a 14 year old that you now regret? Should you still be judged as that same kid? ROD MATTHEWS WAS DRUGGED FOR 7 YEARS BEFORE HE KILLED. 7 years of speed pumped into a developing young child. His parents should be responsible too.
Your an idiot I was on the same medication as this child killer and I never killed anyone. The meds he was taking is for hyper active children. I was on these meds from 1985-1987 and it was not my mother who made me take this junk. This kid knew what he was doing and knew it was wrong. So he deserves to be imprisoned for life.

Since: Sep 15

United States

#34 Sep 26, 2015
Middlesex County Resident wrote:
Back in 1988 or 1989 I was picked for a Committee from Middlesex County to look into the Correctional facilities within Middlesex County. I toured the Concord State Prison and was escorted into the Isolation Unit. In this segregated unit there were about 6 cells on the bottom floor and 6 on the top. Rod Matthews was the lone occupant of the first cell to the left. His cell had several cards and letters taped to the wall and I saw Rod looking into a vanity mirror secured to his right concrete wall and watched as he plucked his eyebrows. Attached to the from of his cell was a professionally made sign that I will never forget. The sign read " FOUR EYES ONLY ". I asked what this meant and was told by the 2 guards sitting across from his cell at a table , they said Rod is an underage inmate if anything happens to Rod the Commonwealth will never be able to place another underage person to an adult prison. I asked what happens when he reaches adulthood , they both motioned as if washing their hands indicating ....whatever happens will not be our problem. It was interesting to see his next door neighbor was another priceless state criminal , tiny beady eyed Daniel LaPlante. When the US Supreme Court ruled that children convicted of first degree murder cannot be sentenced to life without parole they opened the door to all these juvenile cold blooded killers to be set free. I have never had a problem with rulings of the Supreme Court and they typically render sound judgment but in regards to these two felons they missed the boat. Their decision to allow these two to someday walk free is a disgrace.
I totally agree with this statement...
Tony

Watertown, MA

#35 Feb 26, 2016
I was Rod's roomate for 10 years. He's a very smart and remorseful guy. Such as I am. I was 15 when I took a life a served my time I have been out now since 1996. I own a home, married and with two kids. It has never entered my mind to re-offend. Murder Is a part of life unfortunately but I feel he has served his time, let him be placed now in Bridgewater State since society feels strongly that he could re-offend. I'm just being honest. Other pos like child rapists and kidnappers get less time. Mental health is a huge problem in this country and unless parents, education and physicians get on board, there will be plenty more Rod Matthews in the world to come.
Jeannine

Hampstead, NH

#36 Feb 27, 2016
NotThrowingTheFirstStone wrote:
How many outrageous things did you do as a 14 year old that you now regret? Should you still be judged as that same kid? ROD MATTHEWS WAS DRUGGED FOR 7 YEARS BEFORE HE KILLED. 7 years of speed pumped into a developing young child. His parents should be responsible too.
Should there be more clear evidence that a 14 year old boy who is able to commit murder is mentally and emotionally unstable? I'm dubious that someone who is able to manifest such erratic behavior can presumably recover his state of mind notwithstanding adequate medication and therapy treatment combined. Suppose recovery was attainable in this case, living a normal life would be hindered by the constant memories. In that case, the likelihood of being an endangerment to society should be conclusive in my opinion.
linda marie

Roslindale, MA

#37 Mar 5, 2016
I also remember this horriffic story.my heart goes out to shauns mother and family. Rod is evil.why the hell should Rod even think he could get out of jail.pure evil.rot in hell.
Babygiel1957

Dracut, MA

#38 Mar 27, 2016
I believe that if working with psychiatrist 's throughout all these years of incarceration and if they can't get to the root of why he bludgeoned this boy to death then he shouldn't be released.If at such a young age he could commit such a murder and not know why, then what as an adult after being jailed all these years with other criminals could he be capable of doing.If he himself doesn't know why he did it and a trained psychiatrist can't figure it out, then that only leaves one solution.I know jail is suppose to help to rehabilitate but you can't rehabilitate what you don't know.And if you don't know then you can't know whether he would do it again.

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