On December 19, 1996, Joe Roy Metheny, was charged with the murders of three women in three separate incidents. He confessed to killing a male victim, as well, and in time he admitted to killing at least 10 people, however it was what he did with the bodies that was the most nauseating aspect of his crimes.
In August 1995, the massively obese Baltimore resident had beaten the rap for killing two homeless men with an ax. He had, however, actually been hanging around homeless camps, preying on prostitutes and other vulnerable women there.
Ultimately, Joe Metheny confessed to an array of transgressions that included eating and grinding up his victims’ body parts, which he would then mix with pork and beef that he served to customers at his roadside open-pit barbecue stand.
So that’s how he got his nickname, “The Cannibal.”
According to his own statements, the murderous rage began in the summer of 1994. He was a truck driver at the time living in South Baltimore, Maryland. His crack-addicted wife left him and took their six-year-old son.
Six months after the incident, he learned his ex had fallen on hard times and was staying with another man on the side of the city under a bridge. Their son apparently had been taken away by the authorities due to neglect. Upon hearing this, Metheny grabbed an axe and went to the bridge to search for the drug-induced pair.
Quoting his statements: “They were not there. But the two homeless motherfuckers they got high with were down there. They were passed out on some old stinking mattress and that’s where they were when I left, except there were dead from being chopped up.”
Metheny was later acquitted of those murders, but is largely believed to have committed them.
He went on to state that after the murder, he doped up a prostitute and lured her under the bridge to pump any information out of her. “She acted like she didn’t know, so I beat the hell out of her and raped her ass then killed her.”
He went on to claim in reports he did the same to another woman, and then beat an old man’s head in with a steel pipe who he stated had seen him.
“I killed seven people (confessing to three more later), three men, and four women. Two men I chopped up with an axe under a bridge in South Baltimore. I was found not guilty for them ’cause they couldn’t prove I did it. Under that same bridge I also killed two women and one man who was fishing, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I weighed their bodies down and put them in that river. I showed the police where I put them about 3 years later, but they couldn’t find them. So they could not charge me for them.”
Later in 1995, Metheny said he lured “crack whores” Cathy Ann Magaziner, 45, and Kimberly Spicer, 26, to his trailer near the food stand. He killed, dismembered, and partially ate them, prior to preparing their remains as burger meat.
While on trial Metheny said:
“I cut the meat up and put it in some Tupperware bowls then put it in a freezer. I opened up a little open-pit beef stand. I had real roast beef and pork sandwiches. They were very good. The human body taste was very similar to pork. If you mix it together no one can tell the difference.”
Metheny’s sickening run came to an end in 1996 after he kidnapped Rita Kemper, another prostitute. Kemper survived a severe beating from Metheny in his trailer and managed to escape, whereupon she notified the police.
At his trial, Metheny said, “The words `I’m sorry’ will never come out, for they would be a lie. I am more than willing to give up my life for what I have done, to have God judge me and send [me] to hell for eternity… I just enjoyed it.”
After convening for two hours, the jury convicted Metheny for the murders of Kimberly Spicer, Cathy Magaziner, and Toni Ingrassia, a 28-year-old woman whose body was found elsewhere. Initially, Metheny received the death penalty, but that sentence was changed to life in prison on July 24, 2000.
In August 2017, Maryland corrections officials reported that Joe Metheny was found dead in his cell. He was found unresponsive at Western Correctional Institution around 3 P.M. His cause of death is still under investigation. He was 62 years old.
As of 2019 it appears that the cause of death has not been made public. Could it have been suicide since he had wanted to be executed instead of serving time behind bars? He had served over 20 years and perhaps decided to have the last word. What happened ultimately to Joe "The Cannibal" remains a mystery.
source - crimefeed
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by Marlene Pardo Pellicer