JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — “After you’ve been prosecuting for so long, you think you’ve seen everything,” Prosecutor Steve Stewart said. “… I’ve never seen this.”
A probable cause statement released Monday and obtained by WAVE3 says Joseph Oberhansley stabbed his girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton to death before eating portions of her brain, lungs, and heart.
Joseph Oberhansley, 33, is in isolation at the Clark County Jail and is on suicide watch.
Medical staff, including psychiatrists, are carefully monitoring him.
It’s his state of mind last week that investigators are focusing on, as they try to piece together the hours that led up to the killing of Tammy Jo Blanton.
Two months ago, Oberhansley was arrested following erratic driving that sparked a slow-speed police chase. 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.
An officer walked through the house calling Blanton’s name before finding her bloody body under a vinyl camping tent draped over the bathtub, the affidavit said. Her skull had apparently been crushed, the affidavit said.
“There’s no such thing as a good crime scene,” said Todd Hollis, with the Jeffersonville Police Department.
And what Jeffersonville police officers discovered inside the Locust Street home where Blanton was killed was by all accounts gruesome. According to court records, organs had been cut out of the victim’s body and eaten.
An autopsy Friday revealed Blanton died of multiple sharp force trauma to the head, neck and torso, and that parts of her heart, lungs and brain were missing.
Police also found a “plate with what appeared to be skull bone and blood” on it, the affidavit said, as well as a skillet and pair of tongs with blood on the handles.
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