A New York City police officer who allegedly planned to kidnap, cook and eat as many 100 women has been arrested following a joint NYPD and FBI investigation.
Gilberto Valle III, of Forest Hills, Queens, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, according to a federal criminal complaint, as well was using the National Crime Information Center database to access unauthorized data.
The complaint alleges that Valle, 28, exchanged electronic messages with an unnamed coconspirator "about kidnapping, cooking and eating body parts of [Victim 1]."
The complaint alleges that in addition to conspiring to kidnap "Victim 1," he had discussed plans to "kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and eat body parts of a number of women." He had allegedly created computer files pertaining to "at least 100 women and containing at least one photograph of each woman." According to the complaint, he used law enforcement databases to conduct surveillance on potential victims.
In an alleged on-line exchange between Valle and a coconspirator included in the complaint, Valle is quoted saying, "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."
"I love that she is asleep right now not have the slightest clue of what we have planned," Valle allegedly wrote. "Her days are numbered . . . She does look tasty, doesn't she?"
"You do know if we don't waste any of her, there is nearly 75 lbs of food there," replied the alleged coconspirator, who also allegedly asked Valle, "What's your favorite cut of meat?"
When the alleged coconspirator asked Valle, "How big is your oven?", Valle is alleged to have responded, "Big enough to fit one of these girls if I folded their legs."
"The allegations in the complaint really need no description from us," said FBI Acting Assistant Director Mary E. Galligan. "They speak for themselves. It would be an understatement merely to say Valle's own words and actions were shocking."
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said the investigation is ongoing. "Gilberto Valle's alleged plans to kidnap women so that they could be raped, tortured, killed, cooked and cannibalized shock the conscience," said Bharara. "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."