Prosecutors: NYPD officer conspired to kidnap, cook, eat women
Gilberto Valle has worked with the New York Police Department for six years, authorities say.
October 25th, 2012
09:11 PM ET

Prosecutors: NYPD officer conspired to kidnap, cook, eat women

Editor's note: Gilberto Valle, a New York police officer accused of conspiring to kidnap, rape, torture and cook a number of women and eat their body parts, has been arrested and charged in federal court.

Here are the latest developments on this story.

[Updated at 9:11 p.m ET] A federal prosecutor and defense attorney argued in court Thursday whether a New York police officer's sexually deviant online conversations amounted to "idle, harmless talk" or a real threat to scores of women.

Prosecutor Hadassa Waxman contended that Gilberto Valle conducted online conversations "in gruesome detail," staked out would-be victims from his police car and had taken "affirmative steps" to carry out his "operational plan."

"This is not a fantasy," Waxman said during the suspect's initial court appearance. "Each name is real."

Defense lawyer Julia Gatto called the accusations against her client "exaggerated," saying Valle participated in one of thousands of fetish chat rooms online in which people "talk about unreal things." What they discuss may be sexually deviant, but she stressed that no one was physically harmed by her client, who is the father of a 1-year-old child.

"The best (the government) alleges is idle, harmless talk," Gatto said.

Judge Henry Pitman sided with the prosecution, ordering Valle to remain detained pending trial. He described the allegations as "extremely disturbing" descriptions of "depraved conduct."

What made it especially troubling, the judge said, was that the suspect is a law enforcement officer and "he carried a gun."

[Updated at 7:20 p.m. ET] Valle, 28, is being held in federal custody without bail after not entering a plea Thursday during a federal court session in Manhattan.

The New York police officer is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and one count of illegally accessing and getting information from the National Crime Information Center database.

At Thursday's court proceeding, his lawyer Julia Gatto said the alleged plans discovered by authorities on Valle's computer amounted to "just talk."

"At worse, these are sexual fantasies with people he knows," the defense attorney said.

[Updated at 5:08 p.m. ET] A New York police officer accused of conspiring to kidnap, rape, torture and cook a number of women and eat their body parts has been arrested , the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan said Thursday.

Valle, a six-year NYPD veteran, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Queens. He is accused of illegally accessing a national crime database to locate potential targets, scouting potential targets at their homes and workplaces, and exchanging e-mails and instant messages with alleged co-conspirators about plans to target women, the attorney's office said.

From OkCupid: Accused NYPD officer Gilberto Valle, 28.

“Gilberto Valle's alleged plans to kidnap women so that they could be raped, tortured, killed, cooked, and cannibalized shock the conscience," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. "This case is all the more disturbing when you consider Valle's position as a New York City police officer and his sworn duty to serve and protect. Our investigation is ongoing."

According to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation, Valle - who the source says has a clean record - apparently discussed the plans with other men on a website for people who fantasize about cannibalism. Authorities have no evidence he planned to carry out any of the acts he allegedly plotted with others on the online fantasy website, a law enforcement source says.

The NYPD has suspended him without pay, a department spokeswoman said Thursday.

A criminal complaint filed in federal court says Valle was in contact with at least two women mentioned in his plans, though FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald told CNN the agency has "no information to believe Mr. Valle harmed anyone at this time."

The investigation began in September when the FBI learned that Valle was sending e-mails and instant messages from his home computer, detailing his plans, the bureau said.

A search of his computer revealed a database of "at least 100 women and containing at least one photograph of each woman," according to a statement from Bharara's office. "The computer also contained personal information about some of these women - including relevant addresses, physical descriptions and photographs - and electronic communications in which Valle and co-conspirators detailed their plans."

The FBI declined to say how it learned of Valle's electronic communications. A law enforcement source told CNN that Valle's estranged wife contacted authorities after finding pornography on his computer.

According to the court documents, the computer contained a document that Valle allegedly created in July, containing an action plan to cook a certain woman that authorities identify as “Victim 1.” The title, authorities say, was “Abducting and Cooking [Victim 1]: a Blueprint.”

The plan, which had information about the woman’s name, date of birth, height, weight and bra size, has a section called “Materials Needed,” in which Valle allegedly wrote:

“Car (I have it)
Chloroform (refer to website for directions)
Rope (Strongest kind to tie her up."

The court documents say Valle also exchanged online messages with an alleged co-conspirator about planning to abduct and cook Victim 1. In one of the exchanges, according to the court documents, Valle allegedly wrote, “She does look tasty, doesn’t she?”

“You do know if we don’t waste any of her there is nearly 75 lbs of food there,” the other person replied, according to the court documents.

The complaint also says Valle negotiated in February with a different person on a price for Valle to kidnap a different woman, whom the complaint identifies only as Victim 2. Valle wrote of kidnapping the woman for the alleged co-conspirator for $5,000, and resisted the co-conspirator’s attempt to lower the price, the complaint says.

“Like I said this is very risky and will ruin my life if I am caught,” Valle wrote, according to the complaint. “I really need the money and I can’t take under $5,000 for [Victim 2].”

The complaint also accuses Valle of illegally getting information about a third woman, Victim 3, from the National Crime Information Center database. The name of that woman matched a name that investigators found in Valle’s alleged files of women on his home computer, the complaint says.

The women in Valle's alleged database live in the United States and overseas, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation. At least three of them know Valle, another law enforcement source said. Court documents show one of the alleged targets dined with Valle at a Maryland restaurant.

The 100 women are in the process of being identified, then notified by federal and local authorities.

soundoff (500 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    Holy moley!
    How did this guy pass the psychological tests?
    This is horrific!
    Man, people get sicker everyday...

    October 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • driranek

      Around here they only recently started psych tests for newbie cops. Google 'Frank Jude beating' to learn why. The next 2 recruit classes had over a 30% failure rate on the psych tests, which doesn't produce a good feeling about the thousands of cops hired before the testing started. Considering that being a cop is about the highest stress job around, a one-shot test as part of the hiring process really isn't good enough – the tests need to be annual in order to find those who crack under the stress of the job.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    I'll bet the IT guys ratted on him.

    Hi banasy.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hi, BOMBO.
      IT folks are very useful.
      Be *nice* to them, lol.

      October 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    He probably has a good recipe for "ladyfingers".

    October 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Hi banasy and BOMBO

      October 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, Rawr.
      What's the haps?

      October 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ banasy

      Things are pretty good here. Just trying to recoop from my vacation. It was an adventure I didn't expect. The fall colors up there were absolutely breathtaking. When we crossed into the mountains in Tenn, it went from nothing but green to an explosion of color. I'm still high on that sight.

      October 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benn

      LOL : )

      October 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Finger lickin' fingers

      Shut up the three of you, or you'll be a part of my mulligan stew. This is CNN comment boards, not a nice time chat-a-thon.

      November 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    What bothers me is he had co-conspirators. By the way, this is called "sensationalism" reporting. Something the "Inquirer" does.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Tabloid reporting is becoming more and more pervasive these days; just look at what is happening with our so-called "news" shows.
      That aside, it's still news...

      October 25, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Five cannibals(Man eaters) get appointed as programmers in an IT company.
    During the welcoming ceremony the boss says: "You're all part of our team
    now. You can earn good money here, and you can go to the company canteen
    for something to eat. So don't trouble the other employees". The cannibals
    promise not to trouble the other employees.

    Four weeks later the boss returns and says: "You're all working very hard,
    and I'm very satisfied with all of you. One of our developers has
    disappeared however. Do any of you know what happened to her?" The
    cannibals disown all knowledge of the missing developer.

    After the boss has left, the leader of the cannibals says to the others:
    "Which of you idiots ate the developer?"

    One of the cannibals raises his hand hesitantly, to which the leader of the
    cannibals says: "You FOOL! For four weeks we've been eating team leaders,
    managers, and project managers and no-one has noticed anything, and now
    YOU ate one developer and it got noticed. So hereafter please don't eat a person who is working.

    October 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I cannot BELIEVE you have a joke that connects cannibals with an IT department, but I have to (ahem) hand it to you, you did it...

      October 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Yeah, I know. That story was really eating me up.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You shouldn't let things like that devour you.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • driranek

      Yea, an IT consultant told basically the same joke in a meeting about a dozen years ago. Considering that I was the Team Leader and my boss was the Project Manager that probably boosted our productivity at least 20%. I wonder if they taught that in some 'be a consultant' class or something...

      October 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      You're right as usual. There's no sense losing ones head over this.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • driranek

      I remember an old cartoon where a cannibal had a couple of people in Red Cross shirts in a large cauldron over a file. The cannibal tells them "We must all chose our own way to serve humanity".

      October 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashleah

      driranek, that made me lmbo! Thanks!

      October 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiss_Me_Im_A_Democrat

      I don't get it.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A cannibal chief invited over another cannibal chief from a different tribe over for dinner. They sit down and eat the best meat. After dinner, the visiting cannibal chief said, "Wow that was good! Your wife makes the best meat." Then the other cannibal chief said, "Yeah, I'm gonna miss her..."

    October 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benn

      This one is even funnier ! Thanks BCIAH : )

      October 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anne

    This man will become a Republican hero since the GOP and Mitt Romney believe that violence against women is "God's will".

    October 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Nah, that's just that idiot from Indiana Murdoch that believe that, I hope...
      But really, bringing politics into this?

      October 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carlos

    Why don't they publish this guy's photo all over the place? Who knows what else he has been up to?

    October 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Snazzy

    I guess just shooting people wasn't good enough for him.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Julie

    He's got a binder full of women.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Keksi

    Is he like Muslim cannibal or something?

    October 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gee

    To think I seethed at the cop who gave me a speeding ticket and thought he was evil.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I know, right?
      Puts things in perspective...

      October 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rizzo

    Wow that's just messed up...

    October 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bazoing

    Why do they think this pervert really intended to go through with? There are hundreds of thousands of perverts fantasizing out there without actually doing the things. The point is that a real sadist should not he a policeman.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doodlebug2222

      I'm going to add one word to this – to see if it changes your opinion:

      > A man > going to kill 100 people > has plans > has photos of targets > has everything assembled and ready > is online boasting.

      So – what is the difference if he says he is going to bomb them. One word difference.

      Remember, he has photos, layouts – everything in his apartment, lending to the fact he was going to do this. Except he has not done it yet.

      Tell me – what really is the difference between him telling the people in the chat he was going to BOMB rather then kill one by one. We know this would be very different.

      October 26, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. GIUK

    I wonder if this will affect his chances of promotion.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
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