A grandmother whose missing husband’s scalp was found once told her grand kids how pigs would eat every part of the human body except its skull.
Virginia L Hayden, 67, told both her daughter Carolyn Cooksey and grandson Michael Harris about how useful pigs where when it came to disposing of bodies.
She also advised Harris to stab a corpse before putting it in water, to stop it from floating.
And Hayden even informed Harris that an overdose of nitroglycerin spray used to treat heart conditions could make someone have a heartache if administered in too high a dosage.
Cops arrested Hayden, whose first husband killed himself, and whose second died of a heart attack, on Monday on suspicion of murdering Thomas Hayden, last seen alive in 2011 aged 62.
She has been arraigned on charges including criminal homicide, theft, conspiracy and tampering with public records.
In 2012, a scalp topped with human hair tied in a ponytail was found by a horrified walker on a rural road in Dover Township, Pennsylvania.
No DNA match popped up until Thomas Hayden’s daughter Kim Via contacted police in January 2017 to raise concerns about her father’s welfare.
Via, who had been estranged from her dad since 2005, says Virginia Hayden repeatedly refused to put her dad on the line, claiming he didn’t want to talk to her.
Police began probing Virginia Hayden discovered none of her husband’s family or friends had seen him since fall 2011.
She claimed her husband had gone to Mexico for treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but had never returned.
Investigators found Thomas Hayden had not been diagnosed with the condition, and also discovered his passport as well as driver’s licence stashed away in a locked box.
Shortly afterwards, samples from the missing man’s two brothers confirmed the scalp almost certainly belonged to a sibling of theirs.
Police then found paperwork which appeared to show that Thomas Hayden had sold his house to his wife for $1 in November 2013.
A handwriting analyst said Virginia Hayden had forged her husband’s signature on the deed.
After being interviewed by her local newspaper the Daily Record in December 2017, Hayden denied killing her husband and claimed he’d abused her.
She said: ‘You’ve never been married to a man that scares you so bad that the day he decides to leave, you pray to God he doesn’t come back.
‘You pray to God he forgets about you.’
Hayden is next due in court, and is since said to have told investigators that she will write ‘whatever you want me to write’ in a confession.
According to PennLive, she continued: ‘So be happy,” she said, according to PennLive. “I give in. So leave me alone. So there it is. That’s my confession.”