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. Sandra K. Brislin

    Can't believe how sick some people are and to think he is a cop charged with protecting New York's citizens Thank God that they caught him before he hurt a women. This world is just getting sicker as time goes on. Children being kipnapped and killed, people being eaten, what is this world coming to? God save us all.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Whiz1

      Not only that...but there perhaps hundreds, if not thousands of chat rooms he involved himself in!!! Sinister stuff.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. johnny

    Who are these people....do a better job when picking cops....the dumb jock is not the best choice....

    October 26, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. TJ

    Ah...leave it to the good ole NYPD to hire a looney tune like that....

    October 26, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Trish

    He got one potential victim's info from the NCIC database... makes me wonder if she was already the victim of a crime. TG he was caught before he harmed anyone! (or so we hope)

    October 26, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    You might not like what this guy said–I certainly don't–but how far do you want the government to go in taking away basic rights? We already allow the government to spy on private citizens and detain people secretly. We require certain people to "register" with the police and allow the police to come to their homes and "check" on them–even though they aren't on probation or parole. The Supreme Court has no problem with any of this, yet is part of the steady unraveling of the Bill of Rights. If you don't think your rights are next, you are naive.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian Hartman

      He had moved beyond the fantasy stage to actual planning. Law enforcement doesn't have to smell the human stew cooking before they move in and get him.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "If you don't think your rights are next, you are naive." By the time they get through with hundreds of right-wing militias, hundreds of left-wing flying saucer crazies, and the Libertarian Party, I would be dead of old age. So, not a problem.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Seamus Callan

    Heros....every last one of them!

    October 26, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. leo

    what a dumb fool. just for his sheer stupidity he deserves to rot!

    October 26, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. waldo2849

    prosecute him at least so he will b disqualified from the nypd

    October 26, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. seyedibar

    If a vibrant fantasy life keeps the guy from doing the deed in real life, then let him. He doesn't deserve to be a law enforcement officer, and he should be pronounced safe by a state psychiatrist, but i don't see any reason to sentence someone to prison for thought crimes.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian Hartman

      This is more than thought crimes, though. He was in the planning stages.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      " i don't see any reason to sentence someone to prison for thought crimes." Depends on the thought. I'd make an exception in this case. We could send him to live with you, maybe?

      October 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rh

    Idle, harmless, hate speech. Yay first amendment that protects the speaker, and not their potential victims.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      you just made my list.....so, do you taste good with salt or pepper...

      October 26, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Lawless4U

      Exactly, you just said "potential", that means there were no victims.

      No crime here.

      October 26, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. RestoreAmerica

    The US is loaded with cops like this across the country. Thank you to the Feds who have the courage to investigate cops who break the law across this country...

    October 26, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. fsdfs

    Kill and eat 100 women? What a pig

    October 26, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    So? In reality I could sit here and write about some heinous gruesome story. What I just can't figure out is how to keep them fresh for use afterwards. Freezing them seems to just dry them out to much. You can't leave them just in the fridge because they will go bad after a week or so. I guess I will just have to go get more if I can't eat them fast enough.

    You think that I'm trying to be gruesome there? Thats just because of the story you just read. I could be talking about chicken nuggets, turkey or tomatoes.

    Seriously. If there is a group of people that should know better than to post stuff like that online, it would be a police officer.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • pico

      it is a war zone smartie

      October 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RestoreAmerica

    The Feds are obviously starting to realize the the greatest threat to America is not Terrorists, but local law enforcement running a muck and un-checked...

    October 26, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    Law & Order SVU to copy this verbatim in 3...2...1...

    October 26, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Hawkeye

      LMAO! So true!

      October 26, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
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