FBI Arrests NYPD ‘Cannibal Cop’ Gilberto Valle III over Plot to Kidnap, Torture, Rape, Kill, Cook & Eat 100 Women
FBI agents have arrested a veteran New York City police officer over an alleged plot to kidnap, torture, rape, kill, cook and eat 100 women who he stalked using law enforcement databases.
The New York Times reports that 28-year-old Gilberto Valle III, a three-year NYPD veteran assigned to the 26th Precinct in Morningside Heights, was apprehended by federal agents on Wednesday after they discovered a plot to murder and cannibalize 100 women, some of whom he’d made contact with.
Valle, a married father, is accused of illegally using the encrypted National Crime Information Database and high-tech surveillance equipment to select and stalk his victims. He allegedly conspired with others who shared his twisted desire to kidnap, kill and eat women.
“I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus,” Valle wrote to one of his co-conspirator in an electronic message. “Cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.”
His oven, he said, was “big enough to fit one of these girls if I folded their legs.”
“I love that she is asleep right now, not having the slightest clue of what we have planned,” Valle wrote to a co-conspirator about a would-be victim. “Her days are numbered. I’m glad you’re on board. She does look tasty doesn’t she?”
To which the unidentified co-conspirator replied, “You do know if we don’t waste any of her, there is nearly 75 lbs. (34 kg.) of food there.”
Valle was arraigned in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday. Prosecutor Hadassa Waxman argued that he was dead serious about his plot.
“If he was not arrested, he would have carried out this plan,” Waxman said. She accused the officer of spying on one woman while in uniform and driving his police car.
Defense attorney Julia Gatto dismissed Valle’s actions as “fantasy talk” and lies in internet chat rooms.
“Nobody has been injured. Nobody has been taken. It is, at best, someone who is living a fantasy on the Internet, a deviant fantasy. But there is no actual crossing the line from fantasy to reality,” Gatto argued.
Magistrate Judge Henry Pittman denied bail due to Valle’s “very, very serious, unspeakable conduct.”
The New York Daily News reports that the FBI has interviewed 10 women on Valle’s kill list, all of whom said they knew the officer. None were aware that they were apparently on his dinner menu. One of the women told investigators that she and Valle had dined together in Baltimore in July, but she had no idea that it was her he really wanted to eat.
Valle’s estranged wife, Kathleen Cooke Mangan, alerted authorities after finding “weird stuff” on his computer. What Mangan saw was enough to convince her to leave her husband of less than a year and flee the state with their one-year-old daughter.
Authorities allegedly found a document titled “Abducting and Cooking: A Blueprint” on Valle’s computer as well as a recipe for chloroform, which can be used to daze or knock out victims.
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