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. Daremonai

    Wait.. was he actually planning on doing anything, or was he playing games on some fantasy website?

    One is a danger to the people around him, the other might have a high 'ick' factor, but is no different from, say, people playing CoD...

    October 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • katrina

      Are you trying to make it okay? It's not. Should we wait until he murders your sister before we take action? js

      October 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake1717

      did you read the article?

      "He is accused of illegally accessing a national crime database to locate potential targets, scouting some of them 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.'

      Does that sound like a role playing game to you?

      October 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      It went way beyond the fantasy web site, dude. He was planning it, and had used national citizen spy database to scout the homes of at least 100 women. The feds took it seriously enough to be contacting and warning the women that were specifically targetted. Does that sounds like "no evidence" of planning to you?

      Also, read between the lines: There is now a database with details of EVERYBODY in it, accessable to everyone in law enforcement, including NYPD beat cops.

      October 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guard Your Heart

      A fantasy is a desire when obsessed upon will eventually be acted upon. The mere fact that he was in contact with some of the women on "the list" says it all. The computer revolution has been a wonderful thing when used for good, but, when used for evil......it.....has destroyed many lives.

      October 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ORChuck

      The fact that he was assembling dossiers on actual women as potential victims does take it a step beyond just a perverted fantasy.

      October 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • scyes

      You should read between the lines better. It's not EVERYBODY. It's persons that have committed a crime. I have no problem with that

      October 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      @aches..,... I hope you are not under the assumption that law enforcement in NYC only uses their database of criminal. convictions. They have access to the government's terrorism database plus all the on line commercial "people find" services. Believe me, if you have an address, they can find you!

      October 25, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • April

      So an NYPD cop plays a fantasy game of kidnapping, raping, torturing and murdering women and somehow you find this past time normal, -just like playing COD. When a man is amused by the thought of causing harm to a woman I think that should be a strong indication that something is horribly wrong with that person.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. scarf

    Had he managed to pull off these crimes, it would have been God's will. Just ask any Republican.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • J.C.

      Agreed. We need to find out if this guy had any kids, so we can eliminate them.

      October 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. J.C.

    "apparently discussed the plans with other men on a website for people who fantasize about cannibalism"

    wat?

    October 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Harris

      No kidding; Just when you think you have seen everything, along comes the internet to access a whole new level of crazy.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Heywood_Jablowme

    He apparently got tired of only eating donuts and was craving some protein...

    October 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. munch

    Wait, there are web sites where people fantasize about cannibalism? What the hey?

    October 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      There's a website for every unimaginable thing a person can dream up.
      Sick.

      October 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • altereggo

      "Unimaginable thing a person can dream up".
      I think you just... ow, my brain. There's now a new baseline for "unimaginably stupid".

      October 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashleah

      Banasy shoulkd have said any nasty thing that altareggo can dream up. Bad wording, banasy. Plus I hope he had a stroke.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davide R.

      Glad the baseline was set for stupid by altareggo.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    "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."

    Yes folks, you saw it for yourselves: the Thin Blue Line even protects cannibalistic torturers and killers of women.

    Here's a clue for Mr. Law Enforcement Source that nobody is fooled: Accessing the database is evidence that he planned to carry it out.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. doabitofhomework

    This maggot had a database of +/- 100 women. He also had a "social group" who would participate with him in his joyful endeavors. HAVE these women been warned by the authorities that they are on that list? What is being done, besides informing them, to protect these women against an unknown number of cohorts who are as yet unknown to the authorities? And what measures are being undertaken to find the rest of the maggot's cohorts? Do they even KNOW how many cohorts there are? Or their whereabouts?

    It could be they're investigating, but it should at LEAST be told to us that they ARE looking for the things I just mentioned, and ARE warning the female targets. Of course, telling how they learned of this cannibal-cabal would easily jeopardize the investigation. But there is plenty they CAN tell us that won't do that. They should have given the reporter at least SOME idea of the things they plan to do about this whole thing; even in general terms. Protecting the targeted women should top their priorities. They could have at least told us that much.

    Kidnapping, raping and killing a female victim is common as dirt. But what's this about cooking and eating them? Have any psychologists and psychiatrists weighed in on what can make a human being WANT to do such things?

    While religions can and have, shown tolerance for rapists, I know of none that tolerates cannibalism, so I guess we have to disregard religious zealotry here. What ELSE can turn people into this kind of behavior? Is it, perhaps, the thrill of being able to "one-up" traditional rapists? Part of our cultural decline is that there are too many people who will push their liberties as far as they can, simply BECAUSE they can. Liberals get blamed for it, because they stand up for human and civil rights, but that's unfair. Advocating for rights is NOT equivalent to advocating for licentiousness. Besides which, it seems that those who bleat most about morals are, more often than not, the ones who violate them most.

    Some answers are due on this. Studies may take time, but at least we should know that there ARE studies going on.

    October 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Suzanne

    I think I might throw up from reading this article *damn eys wouldn't look away*......anyway, totally disturbing

    October 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. IvyLeagueMamaLlama

    It is a mystery to me why this article says there was no evidence this guy was planning to carry out these plans, while at the same time it says he researched and contacted some potential woman victims.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe Plumber

    Dinner is served

    October 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Huh??

    Gives a whole new meaning to "To protect and serve" – BOOO-YEAH!!! Thank you very much, y'all have been great – I'll be here all week.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rainbow Man

      I laughed WAAAYY too hard at that

      October 29, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mittenz Romnie

    ""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""

    He was just putting together his Binders Full of Women...

    October 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tebojockey

    This is absolutely bizarre. I reminds me of the German cannibal who found a willing victim on the Internet some years back. I guess he might have gotten away with it if his wife had not reported him.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    Hey, all! Good to read ya, especially bobcat (iah)! love your jokes & as usual you have them for every occasion, lol! Aside from that, this man & his co-conspirators are disgusting & need to be in a cage! He took 1 woman to a resturant! I guess the next meal would be on her! Literally!! Hideous!

    October 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Amber1892

    I don't we're in Germany anymore toto.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
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