Infamous Accused Cannibalistic Sex Offender Found Dead In Jail Cell
Nathaniel Bar Jonah, serving a 130 yr. sentence for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and choking a teenage boy, was found dead in his cell on Sunday.
Jonah was also accused of murdering Zach Ramsay, whom police think he butchered and fed to neighbors
Nathaniel Bar-Jonah was found dead in his Montana jail cell early Sunday morning. He was found unresponsive in his cell and according to Montana State Prison spokeswoman, Linda Moodry, "Emergency medical response was initiated and he was transported to Powell County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:06 am."
Cause of death is unknown pending autopsy, but officials say he had been in poor health.
Bar-Jonah's known criminal history began in 1974, in Massachusetts, when he plead guilty to impersonating a police officer and assaulting an eight-year-old boy.In 1977, Bar-Jonah was again arrested and charged with kidnapping, attempted murder after he posed as a police officer and kidnapped two boys in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He tried to strangle the boys and attempted to assault them. One of those boys escaped and found help.
While imprisoned Brown shared his fantasies of murder, dissection and cannibalism with his psychiatrist who made the decision in 1979 to commit Brown to the Bridgewater State Hospital for Sexual Predators.
According to one report he then spent nearly twelve years at that treatment center.
One of those boys, Alan Enrikaitis, now a man, tells reporters about the day of the kidnapping:
“I remember he said he had a trailer in the woods and he was going to take me and my friend there separately,” Mr. Enrikaitis said. The boys were handcuffed and Mr. Enrikaitis’ friend was locked in the trunk of a car that looked like an unmarked police cruiser. They’d been told their abductor was a police officer and that they were under arrest.
“We kept walking down a path until there wasn’t much of a path left. Then, all the noises you hear in the woods just stopped and he grabbed me from behind and started choking me,” Mr. Enrikaitis said. He struggled, then played possum as Mr. Bar-Jonah kicked at him and flicked ashes from a cigarette on him. When he had the chance, the boy ran for help. In 1991, Superior Court Judge Walter E. Steele, ordered Bar-Jonah's release.
Approximately thee weeks after his release Bar-Jonah was arrested again, this time in Oxford, after assaulting a boy sitting in a car outside a post office. He was given a plea agreement and received a suspended jail sentence, on the condition he move to Montana with his mother.
Bar-Jonah was arrested again in 1999, in Montana, for impersonating a police officer and a subsequent search of his home found pictures of young children cut out of magazines and a bone that was identified as belonging to an unknown young male.
Montana police charged him with kidnapping and sexual assault.In the year 2000 the authorities leveled another charge against Bar Jonah. They accused him of murder in the 1996 disappearance of 10-year-old Zach Ramsay.
The police claimed they had evidence, via notes in code, in Bar-Jonah's handwriting which is believed to be to be a menu for cooking human flesh.
The murder charge was later dropped in regards to Zach Ramsay, because Ramsay's mother said she would testify she believed her son was still alive.
To this date, Zach Ramsay has never been found.
Bar-Jonah was convicted of kidnapping, aggravated assault, and sexual assault in in 2002. He was given a 130-year prison sentence.
Bar-Jonah appealed his conviction in 2004, but the Montana Supreme Court upheld the conviction and the 130 year sentence.