NYPD Officer Charged with Plotting to Kill and Eat Women
NYPD officer charged with plotting to kill and eat women
Gilberto Valle detained without bail by judge, who said allegations were 'profoundly disturbing'
By Adam Gabbatt and Agencies in New York; Friday 26 October 2012 - The Guardian
A New York City police officer was in federal court on Thursday on charges of plotting to kidnap, rape, torture, kill and eat women. Judge Henry Pitman detained Gilberto Valle without bail, saying the allegations against him were "profoundly disturbing".
The 28-year-old, an NYPD officer for six years, was arrested after the FBI intercepted emails and instant messages allegedly showing him conspiring with others to abduct, "cook and eat body parts of a number of women".
The FBI claims he met one of his potential victims for lunch, but did not follow through with the acts discussed with two unnamed co-conspirators.
In a conversation in July, Valle discusses how to abduct and consume a specific woman. "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." In another exchange he says the victim's "days are numbered", adding: "I love that she is asleep right now not having the slightest clue of what we have planned."
In a February conversation he discusses kidnapping and delivering a woman for $5,000. Valle appears to suggest that he is hoping to make a career from such activities.
"It is going to be so hard to restrain myself when I knock her out, but I am aspiring to be a professional kidnapper and that's business. But I will really get off on knocking her out, tying up her hands and bare feet and gagging her," Valle said.
"Then she will be stuffed into a large piece of luggage and wheeled out to my van."A search of Valle's computer found records of at least 100 women with their names, addresses and photographs, it is alleged. There was no information that any women had been harmed.
Public defender Julia Gatto had asked for bail, saying the alleged plot was "fantasy in a sexual world". She said it was a deviant fantasy and there was no crossing of the line into reality.
A prosecutor disagreed, saying Valle had to be arrested because he was too close to carrying out the plot.
Mary E Galligan, acting head of the FBI's New York office, said the allegations "need no description from us".
"They speak for themselves. It would be an understatement merely to say Valle's own words and actions were shocking."