NYPD 'cannibal' accused of plot to kidnap and cook women alive
Policeman Gilberto Valle appears in court accused of planning abduction, rape, murder and cannibalism
A NEW YORK police officer planned to abduct women and cook them alive, according to court papers. Gilberto Valle, 28, met one intended victim for lunch and described her as "tasty" to a co-conspirator.
Valle is alleged to have kept a database of 100 women complete with their full names and, for some, their addresses.
The FBI and NYPD were alerted to Valle's alleged plans after his estranged wife found "alarming" information on his computer, the New York Daily News reports. Much of the evidence comes from Facebook postings and instant messaging conversations dating back to January 2012.
Valle first allegedly discusses abducting a woman, described as "victim #2" in court papers, in an instant messaging conversation on
28 February. His 'client', who intends to rape the victim, haggles over Valle's $5,000 price tag, offering $4,000 instead and asking if he would accept a "payment plan".
Valle insists on the full $5,000 up-front, saying: "I am putting my neck on the line here. If something goes wrong somehow, I am in deep shit." Valle says he will "really get off on knocking her out, tying up her hands and bare feet and gagging her" but "would rather not get involved in the rape".
By July, Valle had allegedly moved on to plotting torture and cannibalism. Court papers detail an online conversation between Valle and a co-conspirator in which they discuss the logistics of cooking a woman, described in court papers as "victim #1".
Valle is asked how big his oven is. "Big enough to fit one of these girls if I folded their legs," replies Valle.
The co-conspirator then says: "How could we put her over the fire, spitting kills the girl. Have to put her into a kind of cage. What is your favourite cut of meat?"
Valle replies: "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 love that she is asleep right now not having the slightest clue of what we have planned. Her days are numbered. I'm glad you're on board. She does look tasty doesn't she?"
The co-conspirator replies: "You do know if we don't waste any of her there is nearly 75lbs of food there."
Despite the allegations, no women were actually harmed. However, 'victim #1' told police that she had met Valle for lunch towards the end of July - about two weeks after the conversation about cannibalism.
Valle appeared in court yesterday on charges including conspiracy to kidnap and unauthorised use of law enforcement databases. His defence team said the alleged plans were "just talk", adding "at worse, these are sexual fantasies with people he knows".
However, as CNN reports, the prosecution said Valle had staked out would-be victims from his police car and had taken "affirmative steps" to carry out his plan. "This is not a fantasy. Each name is real," he said. Valle was denied bail and ordered to remain in custody.