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NYPD Officer Accused of Planning to Cook & Eat Women

Gilberto Valle

Gilberto Valle

New York City Police Officer Gilberto Valle, 28, a six-year veteran of the force, was arrested on October 24, 2012, and charged with conspiracy to kidnap, which hardly describes the extent of what he seems to have been up to. According to the criminal complaint, which may be disturbing to some readers, between at least January and October 24, Valle communicated with an unnamed conspirator via email and instant messaging to “to kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and cannibalize a number of women” — not necessarily in that order. “I was thinking of tying her body to some kind of apparatus … cook her over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible,” Valle allegedly wrote.

Authorites say Valle collected information on about 100 women, including first and last names, addresses, height, weight, even bra size, much of which he obtained illegally from a crime victim database. It appears that he knew many of them, and even spied on them. At one point in the complaint Valle is quoted as saying, “I love that she is asleep right now not having the slightest clue of what we have planned. She does look tasty doesn’t she?”

The complaint describes two separate episodes involving two actual victims that had already been selected by Valle and his co-conspirator. Valle met one of his targets for lunch. He was also active on the dating site OKCupid. According to the FBI, his activity on that site corresponded with the dates in his stated plans.

In a prepared statement, 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.”

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