A convicted killer faces ghastly, new murder charges after allegedly killing and eating girlfriend who bailed him out of jail on previous charges.
A police report released Monday, September 15, 2014 and says Joseph Oberhansley allegedly stabbed his girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton to death before eating portions of her brain, lungs, and heart.
According to HuffPost, the victim had called police at 3am on September 11th complaining that Oberhansley was trying to get inside her home. Police who responded to call sent him away, but they later returned to check on her at 10 am, after her co-workers urged them to.
When officers arrived, they found Blanton’s bloodied body in a bathtub with sections of her skull cut out.
“Oberhansley further admitted to cooking a section of her brain and eating it,” the report says.
Oberhansley has a long criminal history going back to at least 2000 when he was convicted of manslaughter and attempted murder for killing his then-girlfriend Sabrina Elder, 17, and critically wounding his mother, the Desert News reported at the time. His girlfriend and he had just had a child some months prior to this crime.
He was released on parole in 2012, but in 2013 he was in trouble for allegedly choking out another patron in a bar and resisting arrest. He was naked during the attack.
Two months ago, Oberhansley was arrested following erratic driving that sparked a slow-speed police chase. His girlfriend, now his victim, Blanton paid a $1,000 bond to secure his release.
“I’m his fiancée,” Blanton said in court on July 23 before posting the bond.
Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said he had attempted to raise the bond when he discovered Oberhansley faced charges for allegedly attacking the customer in the bar last year. Despite his pleas for a higher bond, Mull told WAVE3 that another prosecutor lowered the bond, allowing Oberhansley to walk free. That prosecutor has now resigned.
“I felt he was dangerous, I was right, he was,” Mull told the station. “And he was released without my knowledge. That devastates me.”