Joseph Roy Metheny, the brutal serial killer from the 1990s, was found dead behind bars at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland on Saturday afternoon. Metheny was well known for committing a series of brutal murders in which he allegedly chopped up and sold his victims as BBQ meat from a roadside stand in Baltimore.
Metheny confessed to the killing spree back in 1998 and begged the courts for a death sentence, which he was granted before it was overturned. Metheny then obtained two life sentences without the chance of parole. He claims that his killing spree began when his wife became addicted to crack and ran away with their six-year-old son.
In total, Metheny has confessed to seven murders all starting from when he was 21 but he was only convicted for two. Metheny was convicted for the murders of 23-year-old Kathy Spicer and 39-year-old Cathy Ann Magaziner. Both of their remains were buried on the grounds of a company selling wooden pallets. Metheny lived in a small trailer on the lot at the time.
Metheny was also charged with the murder of two homeless men, but the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence. When asked why he murdered his victims, Metheny simply said he got a sense of power from it. “I had no real excuse why other than I like to do it. I don’t know how to describe it.”
Although it was never proven, Metheny claimed that he butchered the bodies of his victims and sold them as ‘special meat’ at a roadside BBQ stand. “I had real roast beef and pork sandwiches and why not 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 seemed to get a laugh out of the idea that innocent people were eating unidentified meat. “Next time you’re riding down the road and you happen to see an open pit beef stand that you’ve never seen before, make sure you think about this story before you take a bite out of that sandwich,” he warned before laughing.
While it’s still unknown what caused his sudden death, it is possible that his weight and age played a factor. Prison officials say that Metheny’s death is currently under investigation.
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