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. hilreal

    Could write a new version of Sweeny Todd....The Cop of Manhattan

    October 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jon

    To protect and serve.....after the cheese sticks.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brent

    I still don't understand why people use any sort of digital technology while trying to commit or plan out crimes. It is how they caught every time.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    Probably thought it was "God's will" if he did this.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack Hammer

    This is what happens when police police police. They have no one watching what they do and now they're eating people for God's sake. We citizens are paying these ingrates to eat us!!! We need more citizen review boards. We taxpayers pay them so why don't we demand to police them???? In some places it's illegal to video the police. What country is this. This is the USA and we taxpayers pay the salaries of these public servants so let's have a say in what they do. Their would be less of these things happen like cannabalism, beatings, torture, killing of citizens, etc. A good cop is worth his weight in gold but a bad cop is not worth his weight in excrement and does a lot of harm to the taxpayers that are paying his salary.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • FBI

      "We citizens are paying these ingrates to eat us!!! " Aren't you the same guy who said he was being persecuted for a harmless fantasy? Pick a side, ok?

      October 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Colin

    Well, the police department attracts more sociopaths than normal people so I am not surprised. NYPD are some of the cruelest, most heartless and most unscrupulous law enforcement in the world. They are by and large incredibly awful people and I know from a LOT of experience. No I am not a criminal.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      1000 percent agreed. They are just a legalized gang. Many are thugs or criminals with badges supported by the government.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Angel

    Don't be surprised,they NYPD is full of Psychopaths,just look up all the Cops arrested the past 3 years in the NYPD.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marco

      Ex-actly!!!

      October 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MIKE

    Well this will add more popularity the already unpopular local police of America. It just proves that police can be just as corrupt as anyone. Was he high on bath salt while doing this?

    October 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bman

    Police and thieves are cut from the same cloth. It's been known sung about and examplified time after time. Why do people think they deserve our respect?

    October 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jessica

    A cop was in my church study group. He used to joke about all the illegal things he did. About the amount of cocaine he inhaled and the number of people he harassed. He thought it was hilarious. (I quit the church).

    October 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      My friend Bill was a cop; he'd have made this guy dance the funky chicken if he said that stuff to him. He preferred to counsel bad cops, but he'd break their arms if that was needed.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rob

    I say we deport him to some war zone, and tell him "all you can eat", just don't come back.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marco

    ALL cops should have to go through many many more psychological profilings and tests. So many are sociopaths it's unreal. This may be an extreme example, but just look at the volume of recent cases of cops beating up defenseless people, women, children, etc. It's disgusting what these so called "Law Enforcement officers get away with sheerly for having a badge to hide behind.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lumzy

    This man must be an animal.God forbid

    October 25, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abu Al-Abed

      Damn; what happened to psychiatric screening! And they don't like being called PIGS...The pigs should complain

      October 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank Tank

    Ideation becomes volition

    October 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tank Frank

      Free to think but do not speak or act.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Truth

    How much do you want to be that this sick bastage is going to plead not-guilty and claim that he was trying to do "off duty" police work by getting evidence on the others who were involved so he could turn them in. He'll claim that he really wasn't going to do any of this and that he was just trying to catch other people who were.

    ... problem with that defense is the question: "What was he doing with pictues & addresses of real people" No "undercover" operation would do that!

    October 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "plead not-guilty and claim that he was trying to do "off duty" police work by getting evidence on the others "

      You have it exactly right; the women involved would have been policewomen or composites with phony addresses. He was putting real women in harm's way with no warning.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
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