24/7 Newsfeed

Put Reason 24/7 on Your Site

RSS

Follow Reason 24/7 on Twitter and via RSS

NYPD Cop Charged in Cannibalism Case

A New York City police officer dreamed up plots to kidnap, torture, cook and eat at least 100 women whose photos, names and addresses he pulled from a confidential law enforcement database, authorities have said.

Gilberto Valle's fantasies about cannibalising women - in one, he said he hoped to "cook her over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible" - were retrieved in a trail of emails, computer files and instant messages in online fetish chat rooms, and authorities on Thursday said he was arrested because he was taking steps to carry them out.

None of the women was harmed, although a prosecutor said some of the women knew Valle and he had stalked at least two of them at home or work - once in his police car, in a "very intimidating fashion". Authorities said he had had lunch with one of them.

Valle's estranged wife tipped authorities off to his chilling online activity, leading to his arrest, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing case.

Valle, 28, was held without bail on charges including kidnapping conspiracy and unauthorized use of law enforcement records.

Source: Al-Jazeera. Read full article. (link)

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

advertisement