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. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I ate Chinese today, but not Chinese women.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tank Frank

      Well it wasn't chicken.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kingofthenet

      Well I've eaten my Chinese Girlfriend, but I got hungry an hour later.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phearis

    This story has nothing to do with cats. What are you talking about?

    October 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kitty

    I feel sorry for those women when they get that mind-blowing telephone call. WOW! DISTURBING.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Humbug

    Likely this won't go very far... this is, after all, a cop who will hide behind that blue wall as they all do whenever they run amuck. No mystery here, they recruit folks with psych/personality disorders for their job!

    October 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lindaluttrell

    Maybe now that he's ID'd to the public, he will do the decent thing and blow his own brains out!

    October 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JayneQP

    I don't even know what to say to this. I mean... wow... the depths to which human beings will sink just to get a thrill... do you think that having repressed our natural hunter/gatherer instincts for so long, they are resurfacing? hm... I wonder.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. stan

    Only in America

    October 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Master

    The story would have been more interesting if he ACTUALLY committed the cannibalistic crimes.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pultab

    Nothing surprising here. Everyone knows that pigs will eat people if given the chance.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hitech

    Even if they didn't catch him, Kuru would have caught up with him and taken care of him.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hannibal

    Good-bye, Clarice. I'm having a friend for dinner...

    October 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hawthorne

    They should look at Valle for the Gilgo Beach murders.

    October 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alita

    Well there goes being able to tell your children that you can always trust a police officer if you are in trouble!

    October 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abu Al-Abed

      are you kidding; did u really believe you could trust them with children!

      October 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. andres

    Wow, if true this one certianly slipped past the psych portion of the testing.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Officer Valle's mind: "MMM... those gals will taste like chicken"

      October 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kingofthenet

    "To Protect and Serve"'s a cookbook!

    October 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pultab

      Funny 🙂

      October 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
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