Man awaiting trial for killing neighbor, living with corpse, accused of 2 stabbings behind bars

Man awaiting trial for killing neighbor, living with corpse, accused of 2 stabbings behind bars

(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, October 27th 2023, 7:30 PM EDT; local article here)

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (TND) — A man who was arrested after he reportedly confessed to killing his neighbor and living with the corpse for three days is in some more trouble.

Authorities in Pennsylvania said 51-year-old Raymond Oechsle, Jr., stabbed two fellow inmates in the Blair County Prison.

Oechsle is now charged with 14 criminal counts including attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and assault by a prisoner.

Investigators said Oechsle was seen on surveillance video approaching the first victim, who was seated, and stabbing him multiple times in the face with a makeshift weapon. That victim was taken to the hospital with numerous stab wounds to his eyes and forehead, and is now suffering from a loss of vision in his right eye.

After that, Oechsle reportedly entered the victim’s cell and stabbed the second victim, who was lying on his bed.

The criminal complaint said Oechsle was heard yelling, “one less child molester.”

Oechsle has a history of stabbing and new evidence describes his alleged “enjoyment” of stabbing people to death.

Investigators said they found a series of letters from Oechsle.

“It’s more exciting than sex,” he reportedly wrote in one.

Investigators said some of Oechsle’s former neighbors told them he mailed a “disturbing” letter to them in which he apologized for “what happened” to his other neighbor — the one whose body he’s alleged to have lived with — Christopher Helsel.

Man awaiting trial for killing neighbor, living with corpse, accused of 2 stabbings behind bars
Raymond Oechsle was charged with killing his neighbor and living with the corpse for three days in April, and stabbing two other inmates behind bars in October. (Blair Co. Prison)

Also, “Right now, I’m in a cell block with a known child molester. For sure, the system is using me to do their dirty work.”

Oechsle was first busted in April when a neighbor accused him of repeatedly breaking into her apartment and stealing. Altoona police paid a visit and said he’d barricaded his door. Eventually, they found the body of his 42-year-old neighbor, Helsel.

Authorities said Helsel’s face and body had been stabbed nearly 100 times, but Oechsle did not recall exactly how many times he stabbed that victim.

During questioning, he was quoted as saying he stopped when Helsel stated “don’t kill me, bro.” He was also quoted as saying, “Cold water cleans blood good.”

Authorities said prior to any of this, he served 20 years in federal prison for stabbing another federal inmate 22 times with “homemade shanks.” The Federal Bureau of Prisons reports he was released on March 12, 2018.

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