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. Hema David

    These Hispanics are crazy!! They are violent and use up tax dollars! I can't believe he was a cop! It's time to seek death penalty for people in this country. Especially rapists and child abusers/molesters, because these are urges which they cannot seem to fight and you have to stop the cycle! Also killing these criminals would be best for our economy so that our tax dollar are not paying for their stay in prison.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ialsoagree

      Unlike some bigoted barbarians, New Yorkers are civilized and have done away with the death penalty.

      October 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • gheezy

      dont just group hispanics as cannibals, there is a famous white one by the name of Dahmer. Instead why don't you just say crazy people.

      October 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cuervo Jones

      the one on our streets likes to walk around his yard with his shirt off drunk with his bat belt on.i'd put his picture up but he's related to my mothers aunts dogs sister or something/

      October 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Montecore

    C'mon, even if I saw this story line in a movie, I would have said it is unbelievable...

    October 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tm1960

    Except for illegal access of the database, where has a crime been committed here? Are we going to arrest people for what they're thinking now?

    October 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom the Other One

      Conspiracy to commit murder is also a crime.

      October 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ialsoagree

      See:

      18 U.S.C. § 956 : US Code – Section 956: Conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, or injure persons or damage property in a foreign country

      October 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Yes, you can arrest people for what they are thinking if they are plotting to kill other people. Are you seriously contesting this?

      October 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • MargaretG

      conspiracy to commit a crime. he acted on it, made concret plans to follow through with it. that is enough. and probably enough for his co-consipirators as well.

      October 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      When they are thinking THAT, yes. Also, furries.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anon

    They found fava beans in his pantry along with several bottles of a nice Chianti.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Semper Fi

      Liver anyone?

      October 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      thats funny!!

      October 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hannibal

      It had to be said.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Freddy Fender

    Hope this guy gets put away. Scary.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jmass

    The other, other white meat

    October 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. be quiet

    Donuts are made of people! PEOPLE!!!!

    October 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lokari

    Yes, there are websites like this. Look up the name Dolcett, which should lead you to several. And there's nothing illegal about the sites or the fantasies – as long as they remain fantasies. Sounds like this man crossed that line, allowing his fantasy world to merge into his day-to-day life.

    It would be very interesting to learn how authorities discovered his activities. I'm certainly glad they did.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill Mcgowan

    OMG you just can't make this stuff up. A cop no less. New York police have a new public service motto. To protect, serve,
    consume and enjoy. Mayor Blossomhead is considering more charges, since it appears this guy was going to wash his meals down with those banned extra large Diet Soda's.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    If he gets exonerated, the lunches in the employee break room should be pretty awkward.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ericgoestoholland

    Does humanity's potential for evil get any worse than this?

    October 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ObviousUsername

    This is the paradox of police work. You might be able to save lives by catching the guy (or group) before he carries out terrible acts....but then you've got very little to charge him with in a court of law because he didn't *actually* carry out any terrible acts. Luckily, he did break some laws, and I hope it's enough to keep him off the streets for a good while.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. capnhowdi

    Why didn't they post a link to the web site? Smack Smack ; (

    October 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SprayinAK

    Salmon......the other pink meat.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ted

    My neighbor was a police officer. Every night it was blaring music and drunken parties. If you saw him he always had a beer or bottle of liquor in one hand. He even shot holes in his houses roof when hearing it was being foreclosed on. Piles of garbage bags behind his house, etc. Law dogs make the worst neighbors on the planet.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
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