Feds: NYPD Officer Plotted To Kill, Eat Female Victims
Updated: Updated 10/25/2012 11:13 PM
By: Michael Herzenberg
A city police officer assigned to the 26th Precinct in Manhattan is being held without bail after federal investigators say he plotted to kidnap multiple women and consume their bodies.
According to the federal complaint, investigators intercepted emails from Officer Gilberto Valle to an unidentified co-conspirator "discussing plans to kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and eat body parts of a number of women."
At one point, the co-conspirator also asks, "How big is your oven?" to which Valle allegedly responds, "Big enough to fit one of these girls if I folded their legs."
Valle then writes, "I was thinking of tying her body to some kind of apparatus...cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible."
In still another message, investigators say Valle allegedly offers to kidnap a woman for $5,000 so that a co-conspirator could rape her.
Prosecutors say Valle compiled files with pictures on at least 100 women and conducted surveillance on at least two of them.
His girlfriend was said to be among his proposed victims.
No women appear to have been harmed.
Prosecutors also contend he planned to sell a woman as a sex slave.
The judge told Valle the prosecution claims he actually took action to further his conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
The U.S. Attorney's Office believes he accessed the National Crime Information Center database without authorization, gathering addresses of his intended victims.
In a statement, FBI Acting Assistant Director Mary Galligan said, "The allegations in the complaint really 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."
The officer's mother and brother had nothing to say leaving court after Valle's first appearance. His defense attorney told the judge that if the allegations prove true, it was just idle talk, a sexually-deviant fantasy world, that no one was hurt.
Valle is separated from his wife and lives in Queens. They have a 1-year-old child.
The NYPD suspended Valle Wednesday when the FBI arrested him. He served out of the 26th Precinct in Harlem.
PBA President Pat Lynch did not rush to Valle's defense.
"Of course, you'd be shocked by anyone who said they would rape and cannibalize any human being, especially if they're making the accusation that it's a police officer," Lynch said.
The judge set the preliminary hearing for Valle on Nov. 7. There is no word on charges against the three co-conspirators.
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