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. Hugh Jass

    I reckon this cop is gonna be on someone's menu soon. Raw, like sushi.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sassafrassa

    Good God that's scary. It sounds like he had intent for sure. Whether he was able to follow through before getting caught is another story. I wouldn't want him free to do what he fantasizes.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cortanis

      Also keep in mind that he was illegally accessing and getting information from the National Crime Information Center database to pick up potential victims. That's not exactly a fantasy any more, but more in line with just hunting.

      October 27, 2012 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • cocopuf

      To Cortanis :- The only way any charges could be dropped is if, and only if, he was working undercover. Frankly, I doubt it because there are procedures that MUST BE followed in undercover investigations.

      October 27, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Molly

    Typical Mexican.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • guerita

      damn i didnt notice anywhere in that news feed where it said he was mexican. what if he is from Puerto Rico or somewhere else. kinda racist isn't it just to go by a name and say typical mexican like there aren't anyone other than mexicans killing people everyday. wow

      October 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      How typically low-class American of you to say so.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trace

      That is pretty racist, Molly. Maybe what you meant was, "Typical Aztecian," which is still racist I guess, but it would be much more accurate given that he is bent toward eating people. Making Montezuma proud. That is, assuming he is of that lineage, and I'm not saying that he is because that would be racist of me to point out that he looks like he could possibly be of that descent. btw, Doesn't it seem to be a little bit of a witch hunt at this point?

      October 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarieAsport

      Your remark must be based on the killings of hundreds of decapitated people and others burned with acid by the mexican cartel, can we apply the same reasoning to every Mexican, is that the right logic? Molly 1 + 2 don't add to 3.
      Molly, you need to go to school and put some education in you. Can you imagine if the whole world were to think like you. wow !!!!what a waco world it would be, it is bad enough as it is without you contributing to make it worse.

      October 27, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      WOW really?? Molly thats really racist! You need to read this story again and put a different response cuz wow is all I am gonna say!

      October 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TheGreenMan

    Celebrate diversity and enforced multiculturalism. Latrino cannibals have human rights and are a protected minority species plus it must be 'waysist' to criticise the culinary choices of the vibrant minorities in our rainbow society et cettera.......

    October 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • cocopuf

      ... you too need counseling, but of a different kind. 🙂

      October 27, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Vicki D.

    Super gross and super creepy.

    October 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ryan

    "You have the right to be served on a bed of Linguini. Anything you say or do can be used in my kitchen as suggestions to cook you. You have the right to be served with a little salt and pepper. If you can't afford salt and pepper, they will be sprinkled on you free of charge."

    October 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Levi

      awesome!

      October 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ctay

    Obviously this maniac planned to eat these women..... Gosh, get him off of the streets! All signs point to him making McRibs out of these chicks!!! Run ladies!! Only in NY....well actually there is no where to run...... There is no escape from these wackos.....

    October 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hogpoo

    bloombey's fault, by taking away the big gulps

    October 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. krehator

    Yet whenever people question the police they are told they are wrong.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Libertarian

    Yikes...
    OK, cannibalism is sick, hunting women is sick, and if this guy did all this stuff, he needs serious counseling, but what stands out to me is this:
    1) All of the above resopndants have automatically determined the guy is guilty as charged, without a trial.
    2) We are arresting someone on INTENT to do something – is that even legal??? Sounds to me like Minority Report.
    It's amazing to me how easily we all give up our civil liberties and allow this stuff to happen. As wacked out as this guy is, we owe it to ourselves to ensure that due process is followed. Monitor the guy, tail him, watch his every move, and if he acts on anything, then nail him before it's too late. But to arrest him because he talks about this stuff... it seems like someone on the force has something against this guy, and he's trying to destroy his career.

    October 27, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • TheBebop

      uhhhh yeah. Intent to murder? So if your mother/sister/daughter was on that list....Everything would be cool, yeah?

      October 27, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • JeffR

      Living in a police state cuts both ways.

      October 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Fielder

      Yes its legal for someone to be arrested for intent to commit a crime. Its called conspiracy.

      October 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cuervo Jones

      the Intent was proven by the planning.. the planning with another makes it conspiracy to murder?

      October 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Johnny T

    Psychos are drawn to police work.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Abel

    Even if these are just fantasies and he had no intention of acting on them, he has psychological issues and is not qualified to be a police officer.

    October 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ForGoodOfAll

    Do candidates for the police force take psychological tests for admission?

    October 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • joey

      Most major departments and federal agencies do. Smaller departments generally no as a cost issue, regrettably. Then again you could argue the doctors, dentists, teachers, etc., should also be required to take psychiatric exams. Unfortunately the issue of mental illness spreads across the entire spectrum of society, and society is at odds in balancing civil liberties v. the need to identify and treat mental illness. Even once diagnosed it is hard to enforce a person taking medication in a free society. I suspect the only real solution will come when medicine is able to cure mental illness with a one-shot medication – something we are likely generations away from seeing if ever.

      October 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • believe383

      no, neither do they need to go through any training in which they are taught to not take things personally and act professionally.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Snail

    Surprised he didn't put his wife on the BQQ. I bet this started in High School when he started taking girls out to Dinner..

    October 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Snail

    I know Food prices drive Inflation but this is rediculas..

    October 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
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