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Joseph Roy Metheny, the admitted serial killer who chopped up his victims and sold them as BBQ from a roadside stand in Baltimore in the 1990s, has died. He was 62.
Metheny was found dead in his cell around 3pm on Saturday at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland, prison officials confirmed. The death is under investigation.
Killer - Death - Sentence - Appeal - Life
The morbidly obese killer had begged for and received a death sentence in 1998, but it was later overturned on appeal and he was sentenced to two life sentences without parole.
In addition to the two women he was convicted of murdering, 23-year-old Kathy Spicer and 39-year-old Cathy Ann Magaziner, Metheny confessed to a sickening string of other murders he was never convicted of.
Jailhouse - Confession - Metheny - Spree - Wife
In a jailhouse confession, Metheny said his killing spree began after his wife became addicted to crack and ran away with their six-year-old son.
He was charged in the ax murder of two homeless men under a bridge, but the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.
July - Magaziner - Bar - Back - Home
In July of 1994, he met Magaziner at a bar and lured her back to his home, a small trailer on an isolated pallet company storage lot in Baltimore.
Metheny worked at the the pallet company on a dead end road and had the keys to the gates.
Police - Sex - Extension - Cord - Grave
He later told police that he had sex with her, and then strangled her with an extension cord and buried her in a shallow grave on the lot.
Her beheaded remains were found several years later on the property.
When investigators asked why he did...
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