Joe ‘The Cannibal’ Metheny’s vile boasts made him one of America’s most despicable killers.
Vile Joe Metheny sold his victims’ flesh in a sandwich van
MEAT the man whose sick murder spree horrified America – Joe ‘The Cannibal’ Metheny.Morbidly obese and with a bloodlust few have rivalled, Metheny has admitted to at least eight murders dating back to 1976. But it is what he did with his victims after death that will truly shock.
“The human body taste was very similar to pork. If you mix it together no one can tell the difference.”
Obese Metheny weighed well over 16st
When supplies of his “special meat” dried up he invited another prostitute, Rita Kemper, to his Baltimore trailer within the compound of a pallet company in December 1996.
The 6ft, 16st monster then attacked her. He said: “I got her in there and started to rip her clothes off and knock the hell out of her. She was screaming. I just kept on laughing at her.
“I turned around for a split second. She ran out the door. There was an eight-foot chain link fence with barbwire on top of it around the front. There was a stack of wooden pallets next to the fence about 10 feet high.
“That b**** scaled those pallets like a monkey and jumped the fence, and ran down to the main road.”
Kemper – fleeing for her life – made it to a petrol station and called the police.
Metheny didn’t run and was arrested immediately – ending a reign of terror dating back to 1976.
Kimberly Spicer’s remains were found buried under a trailer not 10ft from his own and detectives could also pin the death of 28-year-old local woman Toni Ingrassia on him too.
Joe Metheny claimed he killed five people under this bridge
Cops were shocked by his brutal attack on Kemper but he then stunned them by claiming he had killed FIVE people in just seven hours two years before.
He said the bloodlust had hit him in July 1994, while working as a truck driver. He was living in South Baltimore, Maryland, with his crack-addicted “ole lady” and their six-year-old son.
One night he arrived home late after doing some overtime. Flicking on the light he found the home was empty. His partner had gone, and she had taken their son with her.
Six months later, a still-furious Metheny learned his ex had moved to the other side of the city with another man. Their son had been taken away by authorities due to neglect. He heard the couple might be living rough under a bridge, and went hunting for them with an axe.
“They were not there” he said. “But the two homeless motherf*****s 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.”
He then claimed he lured a prostitute under the bridge and doped her up to try and get information.
Metheny bragged: “She acted like she didn’t know, so I beat the hell out of her and raped her ass then killed her.”
Remorseless Joe Metheny then aged 60
But the bloody spree didn’t end there, according to the Cannibal Killer. He then persuaded another woman down under the bridge and viciously murdered her too.
As he was hiding her corpse he noticed an old man who had been fishing watching him.
“I grabbed a steel pipe and ran down on him and laid his head wide open,” said Metheny.
Covered in blood, he then tied all the bodies to rocks and dumped them in the Patapsco River. He had killed five people in seven hours, what he called “a very busy night”.
However, a lack of evidence meant Joe was not found guilty of any of these deaths in court.
He was later charged with the murder of three women – Spicer, Magaziner and Ingrassia – and initially sentenced to death, but this was overturned to a life sentence on July 24, 2000.
Chillingly, Metheny has shown more pride than remorse when speaking of his crimes.
He said: “My murder rampage started out as revenge but ended up as a passion for the taste of blood and the overwhelming sense of power one gets for taking the life of another.”
When he was sentenced, he told the jury that after six months he had dug up the skull of Cathy Magaziner then “washed out the maggots and made love to it”.
Seeing their look of horror, the depraved fiend then added: “The words ‘I’m sorry’ will never come out, for they would be a lie.”