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. Mee Too

    I want to eat 100 women. But they would wiggle and love every minute of it 😛 And come back for more!

    October 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hitech

    Does anyone even know what Kuru is. Hint. First discovered among 3 tribes in Papua New Guinea at the beginning of the 20th Century.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canuck

      Without looking it up, I think that is a virus transmitted through eating brain tissue.

      October 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • MargaretG

      I do. But those prions shouldn't be the only thing standing between you and cannibalism! lol

      October 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    I guess this is one cop you won't see hanging around at the donut shop.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      LOL

      October 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • donnae from IL

      Nor the butcher shop, I hope!!

      October 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bavarianilluminati

      good one 😀

      October 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Diamond

      "He hasn't got the time for Donuts, while stalking 100+ women..etc. etc.etc. "

      October 29, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hello Mexico

    Just deport him.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      He was born here; like it or not, he has as much a right to be in this country as you do (in fact, probably more of a right if he has Aztec, Maya, or Inca ancestry).

      October 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hooligan

    Why does this shock people? Cops are human just like the rest of us... prone to lapses of moral fiber and in this case sanity.

    Hearing stuff like this just makes me wonder how much they hide.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen Saucedo

      He's not insane. He was doing this for MONEY. Don't try to off an excuse. Contrary to the belief of some, evil can and DOES exist outside of mental illness.

      October 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Judywire

    Why some men always think about hurting women is simply beyond me. This man should go to jail for his bad ideas. Thank God he was arrested before carrying his satanic ideas out. These women are our sisters and mothers and should be loved instead of thinking to hurt them. Great job NYPD! Thanks to our commissioner Kelly for all the great work he has been doing!!

    October 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cuervo Jones

      I don't see a reason to believe it hasn't already happened. Nobody comes out like this in their first rodeo. NYPD duh

      October 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hooligan

    I am white.. and live in a very diverse area.

    Still alive.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      Me too.

      But – the violent crime rate for Blacks and Hispanics actually IS far greater than for Whites or Asians. Facts are facts.

      October 26, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • megg

      violent crime rate stats are based on arrests/convictions. That being said, it has been proven that the main reason behind that is racial profiling; "mandated" or not.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • aSIA

      Yes. but Blacks and Hispanics are GENERALLY just Violent. We obviously don't like people enough to eat them,that we leave to the Whites

      October 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • cocopuf

      I would move out of there ASAP. LOL 🙂

      October 27, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • detective dazve

      your alive for now. Buy a new big screen and carry it in in the day time. You will be either robbed or dead in a week....

      October 30, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. gmenfan54

    I'd rather go to White Castle Hamburgers.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mandy

    That guy you're quoting is a troll. He is insignificant. Don't let him rile you up!

    October 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MsLady

    I read on another website that he wrote in an emaill, “I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus…cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.”

    I can't even begin to describe how disgusted, repulsed, and angry this guy makes me. Yes, this is America and we have free speech, but I think he had every intention of acting this out. He had the women's addresses, names, descriptions picked out for God's sake. And these women would have died a horrific, painful death. I think he deserves to rot in prison. Anyone who fantasizes about that is a danger to society.

    Watch your thoughs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions.

    October 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy

      I know, I read tht, too...and trying tyo figure out how to fit her in the oven? Sick man that needs to be weeded out of the law enforcement position that he was formerly in!

      October 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rick

    what in the HELL is wrong with people? Sick.

    October 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anonymous

    Absolutely disgusting! How can someone sane have such horrific fantasies and find pleasure in them???? He should work next to Anthony Hopkins and his horror movies instead of carrying this out in real life, he chose the wrong career!

    October 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cs

    The bad thing is this guy was sick. The good thing is he was going to rid society of criminals from the crime database. If he was going to do it he should of picked off the men from that database too.

    October 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rita

    There is a war on women in this country. No wonder with the GOP nutjobs wanting to own a woman's body. The republican's are encouraging this kind of sick behavior!! Shame on them!!!

    October 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babak from LA

      Please give us just one xample of Reps or Dems encouraging this type of behavior ... This is not a political issue ... Just a very bad man, planning to do very bad things..... Glad he is busted.

      October 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenn

      Rita, what an outrageous and ignorant statement! To compare the GOP to a sicko wanting to murder women? By the way, there is no war on women! It's a narrative conjured up by left wing feminist wack jobs. Try living in the middle east, THAT IS A WAR ON WOMEN! As a female, I think this "war on women" garbage is a smoke screen. Give it a rest, you sound like an idiot!

      October 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LOOK!

    LOOK at that picture...the very picture of boyish charm and innocence...and look what he's accused of...makes me ill....

    October 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
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