A New York police officer who allegedly plotted to kidnap up to 100 women before raping, killing, cooking and eating them has been charged.
Gilberto Valle, a married six-year veteran of the department who lives in a middle-class Queens neighborhood, even allegedly used law enforcement databases to conduct surveillance on up to 100 potential victims before keeping scores of files on them listing their personal information.
The 28-year-old, who works in Harlem, has been arrested by the FBI for the heinous plans after his estranged wife reportedly tipped off police.
Valle was arraigned Thursday afternoon and was held without bail on charges including kidnapping conspiracy and unauthorized use of law enforcement records. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
One document on Valle’s computer was titled ‘Abducting and Cooking (Victim 1): A Blueprint,’ according to the criminal complaint. The file also had the woman’s birth date and other personal information and a list of ‘materials needed’ – a car, chloroform and rope.
‘I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus … cook her over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible,’ Valle allegedly wrote in one exchange in July, the complaint says.
Emails, computer files, and fetish chats were retrieved from the NYPD officer’s computer. 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.’
In other online conversations, investigators alleged, Valle talked about the mechanics of fitting the woman’s body into an oven, noting that the women’s legs would have to be bent, and discussed how ‘tasty’ one woman looked.
‘Her days are numbered,’ he wrote, according to the complaint. That woman told the FBI she knew Valle and met him for lunch in July.
Public defender Julia Gatto had asked for bail, saying the Valle was only guilty of a ‘deviant fantasy.’
‘There’s no actual crossing the line from fantasy to reality,’ Gatto said. ‘At worst this is someone who has sexual fantasies about people he knows and he talks about it on the Internet,’ according to the AP.
But Valle was arrested because he was too close to carrying out the ‘grotesque and disturbing’ plots, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hadassa Waxman said. He had ‘plans to kidnap, rape, torture, kill and eat the body parts of young women, some of whom the FBI has identified and they acknowledge knowing the defendant for a period of time,’ she said.
Valle, a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he studied psychology and criminal justice, was suspended from the police force after his arrest.
He allegedly created files on his personal computer containing at least 100 women with at least one photo of each, details of their physical characteristics and lists of their addresses.
He even allegedly had a file named ‘Abducting and Cooking [victim’s name]: A Blueprint’ containing information including the woman’s name, date of birth, height, weight and bra size.
FBI agents tracked down 10 of his named victims who said they knew him. Phone records showed he was once outside the home of one woman, who told investigators that she hardly knew him.
In another eerie message, Valle, who is believed to have married in June, wrote that his knowing the victims would lead to a ‘flawless’ abduction as his arrival ‘will not alert her’, the complaint noted.
His co-conspirator, who has not been named, responded with equal excitement at the plans.
‘I love that she is asleep right now not have the slightest clue of what we have planned,’ Valle allegedly wrote, ABC reported. ‘Her days are numbered… She does look tasty, doesn’t she?’
His alleged co-conspirator responded: ‘You do know if we don’t waste any of her, there is nearly 75 lbs of food there.’
He also allegedly asked Valle, ‘How big is your oven?’ and ‘What’s your favorite cut of meat?’
Their bizarre relationship only became more deranged as Valle allegedly offered to sell a woman to the other plotter in February for $5,000 so that he could rape and kill her.
But Valle said he would only deliver the woman and would not get involved in the rape as ‘I don’t want to be tempted the next time I abduct a girl’, he wrote, prosecutors said.
He allegedly added that the co-conspirator needed to ensure her body was not found.
Valle is not known to have engaged in any of these plans, an officer told the New York Times on condition of anonymity. No women were harmed, the FBI confirmed.
It is believed he has a young child; his estranged wife has commented on Facebook about needing a babysitter, while the New York Daily News noted that his home appeared to be child-proofed.
Valle was suspended on Wednesday and arrested by the FBI, who worked in conjunction with the NYPD on the case, on Thursday.
He is due to appear in a federal court in Manhattan later today on charges of conspiracy to kidnap and access of unauthorized computers.
‘The allegations in the complaint really need no description from us,’ Mary E. Galligan, the F.B.I. acting assistant director, said in a statement. ‘They speak for themselves. It would be an understatement merely to say Valle’s own words and actions were shocking.’
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly called the case ‘bizarre’ in a statement.
He added: ‘We suspended the officer immediately upon his arrest, and a review is now underway to determine whether there was anything in his background that should have alerted the department to his alleged proclivities.
A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT: THE ‘CANNIBAL COP’S PLANS’
A criminal complaint outlines alleged online communication between Gilberto Valle and co-conspirators (CC1 and CC2), which are excerpted below:
CC1: How big is your oven?
Valle: Big enough to fit one of these girls if I folded their legs. The abduction will have to be flawless… I know all of them… I can just show up at her home unannounced, it will not alert her, and I can knock her out, wait until dark and kidnap her right out of her home.
CC1: You really would be better to grab a stranger. The first thing the police force will do is check out a friend.
Valle: Her family is out of state.
CC1: I have anesthetic gases.
Valle: I can make chloroform here.
CC1: It’s really had to dislocate a jaw. Also, how would we put her over the fire, spitting kills the girl. Have to put her into a kind of cage. What is your favorite cut of meat?
Valle: I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus… cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.
Valle: I love that she is asleep right now not having the slightest clue of what we have planned. Her days are numbered. I’m glad you’re on board. She does look tasty doesn’t she?
CC1: You do know if we don’t waste any of her there is nearly 75 lbs of food there.
Valle: It is going to be so hard to restrain myself when I knock her out, but I am aspiring to be a professional kidnapper and that’s business. But I will really get off knocking her out, tying up her hands and bare feet and gagging her. Then she will be stuffed into a large piece of luggage and wheeled out to my van.
CC2: Just make sure she doesn’t die before I get her.
Valle: No need to worry. She will be alive. It’s a short drive to you. I think I would rather not get involved in the rape. You paid for her. She is all yours and I don’t want to be tempted the next time I abduct a girl.