In 1996, Joseph Roy Metheny made headlines when he was charged for multiple murders and admitted to cooking his victims' flesh, earning him the nickname “The Cannibal.” Metheny was reportedly polite, intelligent, and formidable, standing at 6'1" and weighing 450lb. He had been tried for murder before but managed to avoid prison time.
After being arrested again in late 1996, he was given one life sentence and the death penalty for his crimes. Metheny ultimately died in his prison cell on August 5, 2017.
While Metheny's true number of victims is unclear - due in part to his own unreliable testimony - he remains one of the most notorious serial killers of the 1990s.
Metheny Claimed He Had A Harsh Childhood, Which His Mother Denies
The Exact Start Of Metheny's Killing Spree Is Unclear
In 1994, Metheny Murdered Catherine Magaziner
In 1995, Metheny Took Out Two Men With An Axe
Metheny Spent A Year And A Half In Prison For The Men's Murder Before Killing Again
After Killing Kimberly Spicer, Metheny Stashed Parts Of Her Body Under Some Wooden Pallets