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. freshnewblog

    I was told 5 years ago that three local police taped my girlfriend in their police station and got away with it even though numerous people have been told about it in positions of authority. I live in the state capitol of Vermont. One local police officer who is young and clean cut looking that I went to highschool with also broke in yo my firends's house stole from her and last I knew was trying to get away with it. Something is going around... an evil mental illness. I think that this is possible.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Thinker

    If true, please do not waste my tax $$ for prosecution. Follow Sharia Law.

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

      Good points, if only in half jest. The fact is that the NYPD Human Resources Department didn't do their job. Valle's psychopathology could have been easily been determined by any number of assessments of emotional status at the time of his hiring.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Javadude54

    Sounds like Showtime has the story for their next hit TV series. "To Protect and Serve... The Cookbook"

    October 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      The Cop, the Victim, His Wife, Her Lover

      October 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigboxes

      More likely a Lifetime movie.

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

    Put him on the chopping block.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hollywood

    This has got to be the sickest thing i have ever heard of.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • wildone

      They probably swap recipes too.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BONED

    I eat out my wife all the time.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • wildone

      Even after she does her boyfriend while you're at work? Ewwwwww

      October 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    What's even more creepy is all of the people that think only cops should have guns.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Diversity in Action

    This is what you get when you live under a miserable Federal government that deprives you of the right to freedom of association. Diversity kills white people. Why tolerate a government that forces it down your throat?

    October 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. drbrandondavis

    Sounds like a failure of the NYPD Human Resources Department. Valle's psychopathology would have been clearly evident on any number of emotional profile assessments.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Sounds like a success that they caught him.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cap'n Rita

    "The 100 women are in the process of being identified, then notified by federal and local authorities."
    Seriously?!?! If I am on that list it's information I can live without. They got the guy, right? Thanks, but I would prefer to be blissfully ignorant. much for those psych evaluations cops supposedly have to take.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kingofthenet

    I am Roman Catholic, this is nothing NEW for me, I eat the 'Body' of Christ every Sunday and even drink his Blood...

    October 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. T-Money

    this is crazy because the same people in uniform that the country trust are the main ones hurting it those police officers i mean all be takein advantage of the law because they feel that they are part n protacted by the law be doing people bad but one day God will truely see this country n the world thro this is the most sick crazy thing ever

    October 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. wildone

    Maybe he thought the "serve" part meant to serve someone for dinner.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wildone

    Now Mayor Bloomberg is going to outlaw people eating too.

    October 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rascal Rabble

    okay...this is just complete lunacy...the guy decides to use the nypd database as a takeout menu to order lunch and dinner...the psychologist who profiled this guy as fit for duty should be fired....this beats eating raoul by

    October 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
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