ALAMOSA, CO — In January 1994, pickled body parts belonging to 51-year-old Peter Michael Green, who had been reported missing in late 1993, were found in the apartment of his girlfriend, Carolyn Gloria Blanton, 41.
A tip had led police to Blanton’s apartment after someone reported human bones in the trash bin outside the complex. Investigators also found a spoon and a bowl containing bite-sized chunks of Green’s corpse — along with a .25 caliber pistol.
Police later determined that Blanton had shot her lover four times before starting in on the carving and cooking.
Green’s torso was found in a closet at his home, but his head was found far away in a remote area.
Sheriff’s Captain Les Sharff testified later in court that:
“The flesh and the meat were off the legs. They had been totally cut away from the bones themselves, from the ankle up.”
Blanton was charged with first-degree murder, but found not guilty by reason of insanity. She was committed to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo.
In 1999, following her arrest and trial, Blanton changed her name to Jane Lynn Woodry.
Over time at the institute, she was able to win more freedom. Following a controversial decision in 2005, she was allowed to move into an apartment off the state hospital campus in Pueblo.
Conditions for her release included holding a job, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, receiving regular injections to treat her schizophrenia, and meeting with her case manager three times a week. Woodry’s psychiatrist stated that when she is on medication, she is not dangerous to herself or others.
Woodry later said that she was “deeply ashamed” of her crimes and claimed, “The person who killed Peter Green is not me.”
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