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. Snail

    Can I have Fries with my Blond?

    October 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Greg

    I think this is a missed opportunity to definitively nail this guy with a sting operation. What they should have done is set up a sting operation where Valle would be persuaded to go abduct a particular person, who is an undercover agent. Then he would be kept under 24/7 surveillance until there is undeniable evidence that he is in the process of carrying out the plan – then arrest him. If that was done, there is no way to argue 'oh, it was just talk – he was not really going to follow through'. If the sting didn't work, then one could fall back on the current situation. As it is, his lawyer will argue that he would not have really followed through, and who knows what the jury will do. On the one hand they risk letting a maniac loose to harm innocent people. On the other hand, they risk jailing someone because of deviant thoughts. Both of these are unacceptable, and we can not be sure we are avoiding both no matter what is done with Valle – because this investigation was botched. The only thing I think they definitely have him on is illegal information access on the NCID – which pales in comparison to what he was apparently planning.

    Valle was possibly only caught before real harm was done due to his wife discovering incriminating correspondence. If there is a next time, this stopping him is pretty unlikely.

    If this guy either gets off or gets a very light sentence (which seems likely to me), and then goes and does actual harm to someone, then part of the blame will rest on this botched investigation.

    October 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cuervo Jones

      I think they may get him on the conspiracy charge. He will get off light. Cops will screw the pooch till the cannibal case can't be prosecuted. He'll get the most trouble for misusing his computer access to NCIS . May get fired but the Po-po union will argue some guy in 1964 didn't get fired for the same thing looking up some gals name so their blue bro is really innocent,just cophaters whining, their boy is absolutely okey doke and should return to duty immediately with back pay to protect the poor helpless citizens and of course must sue the city for showing him to be the freak he is

      October 28, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • mary

      why waste so much money and time when the information they have against him is more than enough to put him away for a life.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      "...enough to put him away for life..."

      On what basis do you think so? Obviously this is very jury dependent – but his defence will argue the plans were just talk – fantasies – which are not illegal, and that he would never have followed through with them. The prosecution would have to prove that is not only improbable, but false beyond any reasonable doubt. That is going to be a very high hurdle. In my opinion, most likely the jury will convict, but give a light sentence due to the uncertainty. That is why I agree that he will get in more trouble for the illegal access to the NCIS.

      Now, if instead they set up a sting and got concrete proof that he was following through with these plans, then it would really be an open-and-shut case. The issue is not expense (look how much we spend to enforce the death penalty vs life w/o parole, for example, and there is no issue of those people doing any more harm to the general public). The real issue would be the safety of the public and undercover officer(s) in such a sting operation.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    You know he was picking on all the chubby ladies cuz those skinny ones he would need 100's of them to get a god meal...omg I am so bad

    October 28, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jessica

    NYPD's finest!

    October 28, 2012 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. truth

    This man is infected with animal spirits that show in his mind what they want him to do. Spirits like these hide as thoughts in all humans. Some are worse than others. It is a huge mistake to give in to what they tell a person to do because it creates a curse that takes life times to repay. The lust of watching a person suffer will turn into many lives of personal suffering for the person who does so. It is a huge mistake to hurt others and think you can get away with it. The Universe never forgets and you have to pay for everything you do.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Cuervo Jones

      i guess that's another way of putting it.

      October 28, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. asyouaskforit

    A liberal cop with a liberal diet, ACLU will come to his defence.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred M.

      Using the poor and middle class as food sounds much more like a Republican thing.

      October 28, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred M.

      Turns out that the cannibal cop, Gilberto Valle, was, like you, a conservative, writing on his Facebook page:

      “Thug who shot a Queens cop last night was only locked up for numerous armed robberies and attempted murder. [...] Thank you very much liberal court system for letting this guy out,”.

      Yep, one of your people...

      October 28, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. ikenelson

    To protect and serve with a side of fava beans...

    October 28, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. deder914

    The scariest part of this is that the internet has made it possible for these sickos to find each other and conspire together.

    October 28, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. bavarianilluminati

    Protect and serve - with fava beans!

    October 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cuervo Jones

    Wow? I saw the picture first. Thought G. Zimmerman made it to copdom

    October 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anamerican

    This is a foreigner and a cop! When will we learn that foreigner with or without green card are dangous people! Send him back to his country. Most foreigner will never become Americnize. They are from a different country with different rules. Many of these countries disrespect women! This is not an American!

    October 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary

      dont make me laugh. how many americans have killed their own children? get real hon. american or not psycho is a psycho.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Diamond

      "Your so..right,, these guys come here, go to Collage get a degree, and then try to blow US up, or in this case..a COP with a "Jeffery Darmer" want-a-be complex.. with co-sponcer(s), and.. with the power of a COP backed by the LAW.. "No Offence to the 'Good COP'(s)" that is! "This COP-Guy is Way passed> the call of Duty!" "And.. is Due! For a..' Daily Check-UP!" "And, if you deport this guy.. what makes you think he won't find his way back?" "A false passport.. a face job.. money from his 'friends in his Country??" JD

      October 29, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. timeismoney

    Put all the stinking cops on line for the hurricane, and give the hurricane a ticket.

    October 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Leroy

    I only eat women with tiny teats. I hope that's okay with everyone.

    October 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • krehator

      Dieting?

      October 28, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ekaterina Kaverina

    Sick and should be not let have the job he has, but probably not really plotting

    October 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jen

    R u kidding me with the sick jokes. All i keep thinking is minority report. These women are just that not game 2 b hunted. Every serial killer starts with a plan or according 2 most of the blogs a "Fantasy" sooner or later fantasy more than likely becomes reality. Just think we all could be part of someone's sick fantasy.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
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