Joseph Roy Metheny claimed to have killed several men and women in the Balitmore area, but after spending more than two decades in prison, the 62-year-old has died. An investigation into his death is reportedly taking place, according to the Mail, after his body was discovered in his cell at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland.
He was convicted of murdering two women, 23-year-old Kimberly Spicer and 39-year-old Cathy Ann Magaziner, but he also admitted to several other murders. According to SKCentral, his murderous rampage started when he realised his partner, whom he described as a 'crack addict', had left him and taken their six-year-old son.
On one night, in the space of seven hours, he allegedly killed a pair of homeless men underneath a bridge in Baltimore, then two women and then another man. He lured the two women to the bridge to try to get information on the whereabouts of his former partner and son.
This photo was allegedly taken in prison and sent to one of Metheny's pen pals. Credit: True Crime Auction House
Despite being arrested for murdering the first two homeless men, the trial was thrown out due to a lack of evidence. Eighteen months later, he says he lured two more women to a trailer he was staying in, in the middle of nowhere.
A shocking interview with Metheny adds: "I killed and butchered their bodies up. I cut the meat up and put it in some Tupperware bowls then put it in a freezer. I buried the remains in several shallow graves in [the] woods behind the company.
"Over the next couple weeks on the weekends I opened up a little open-pit beef stand. I had real roast beef and pork sandwiches, and why not? They were very good. The human body tastes was very similar to pork. If you mix it together no one can tell the difference."
But apparently Metheny ran out of his 'special meat' and wanted more, so he brought another woman back to the trailer with the sole intention of murdering her. However, she managed to escape and alert the police.
After being convicted of murdering Ms Spicer and Ms Magaziner, Metheny wanted to be given the death penalty, telling the court: "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."
The court approved the death penalty but it was later overturned and he was instead given two life sentences without the possibility of parole. When he was asked why he killed those people, he reportedly claimed it was because of a 'sense of power' and that he 'got a rush out of it'.
The last line of the jailhouse confession reads: "The 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 of that sandwich. Sometimes you never know who you may be eating."