Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

How Far is Too Far? When Online Sexual Fantasy Turns Into Violent Crime

New York’s now-infamous “cannibal cop” isn’t actually a cannibal, because he never got as far as eating another human. Still, a jury found him guilty of conspiring to kidnap, kill, cook and eat women. At what point does online role play in the realm of violent fetishism become grounds for criminal charges?

‘Cannibal Cop’ Convicted of Conspiracy to Kill and Eat Women

On March 12, 2013, NYPD Officer Gilberto Valle, 28, was convicted by a jury of his peers on charges of conspiring to kidnap, kill, cook and eat women, and not necessarily in that order. During the trial his lawyer argued that Valle’s cannibalism fetish was an online fantasy, and no more.

NYPD Officer Accused of Planning to Cook & Eat Women

New York City Police Officer Gilberto Valle, 28, a six-year veteran of the force, was arrested yesterday, 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, he was planning to kidnap women in order to rape, torture, kill, cook and cannibalize them — not necessarily in that order.