Maryland corrections officer found a convicted Baltimore killer unresponsive in his cell at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland.
A prison guard found 62-year-old Joseph Metheny, nicknamed “Tiny,” in his cell around 3 p.m. Saturday evening. A short time later, Metheny was pronounced dead, said a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Gerard Shields. An investigation was initiated into Metheny’s death.
In 1994, Metheny was sentenced to death for killing two women – Kimberly Spicer and Cathy Ann Magziner. The death sentence was eventually overturned and he was sent to prison for life without parole.
During his sentencing, Metheny said he wanted to be put to death and enjoyed killing. “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.”
In 1998, a jury acquitted Metheny for killing two homeless men who lived in a makeshift camp. He was accused of killing the men with an ax. He later admitted to killing both men and others, saying he disposed of their bodies in the Patapsco River. However, the claims were never confirmed.
Prosecutors also charged Metheny for killing a woman, but lack of evidence forced them to drop the charges.
At the time of the killings, Metheny was employed at a Southwest Baltimore pallet factory. Police found Spicer’s body underneath a trailer at the factory on December 15, 1996. Methendy took police to where he had buried Magaziner three days later.
According to Metheny’s defense attorneys, he was neglected as a child and had five siblings. His father was an alcoholic and his mother worked double shifts to support the family.