‘Cannibal killer’ Joseph Oberhansley found guilty of butchering ex with a saw and ‘eating her brain and heart'

A TWISTED “cannibal killer” who butchered his ex-girlfriend with an electric saw then ate her heart and brains has been found guilty of murder.

Joseph Oberhansley, 39, faces life in jail after he was finally brought to justice six years after slaughtering Tammy Jo Blanton in Jeffersonville, Indiana.



Cops found "blood everywhere" after Tammy Jo failed to arrive at work and friends raised the alarm in September 2014.

Parts of her skull were on a dinner plate beside a skillet and a bloody pair of tongs, and the rest of her dismembered corpse was in the bath.

Prosecutors described the crime scene as "worse than a horror movie" at Oberhansley's trial this week.

He had broken into her home, brutally attacked her and sawed open her chest and skull with knives and power tools.

Oberhansley confessed to the killing the next day and also admitted cannibalism in an recorded interview with detectives.

But he changed his story, claiming he was confused after being knocked out by two mystery ntruders.

His lawyers claimed it was the two unknown burglars who had killed Tammy Jo and removed her organs while leaving him with only minor injuries.

But Clark County prosecutor Jeremy Mull told the jury Oberhansley was the only one in the house.

He said: "She suffered so many indignities that night.

"She was terrified, she was stabbed, she was dismembered, she was eaten and she was raped.

"And the justice for each of those acts of indignities is important if it is proven. It’s what justice demands."

Jurors found him guilty of murder and burglary but acquitted him of rape.

After the trial it emerged Oberhansley had killed another girlfriend years earlier.




Before moving to Jeffersonville, he had served 12 years at a Utah prison for killing his girlfriend and shooting his mother.

He also shot himself but survived, though the bullet remained lodged in his brain, and was convicted of manslaughter.

He arrived in Southern Indiana in July 2012, just over two years before killing Tammy Jo.

Justice in this case was hit by years of delays for legal issues and mental health assessments.

He rejected his own lawyers' defense of insanity and was put on trial for murder in 2018.

But that trial was halted after a juror was caught discussing Oberhansley's past crimes.

After another spell in a psychiatric unit, he was declared competent and his second trial began on September 11, exactly six years after the murder.



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