A New York City police officer has been charged with plotting to kidnap, rape, torture and kill women and then cook and eat their body parts.
Gilberto Valle was taken into custody by the FBI on Wednesday and suspended from the New York Police Department. He was expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan later Thursday. According to the criminal complaint, Valle had conspired with an unnamed partner “about kidnapping, cooking and eating body parts of women.” The FBI learned about Valle’s plan in September, AFP reported.
“The allegations in the complaint really need no description from us. They speak for themselves,” FBI acting assistant director Mary Galligan said. “It would be an understatement merely to say Valle’s own words and actions were shocking.”
A search of Valle’s computer allegedly revealed files kept on at least 100 women, each with a name and photograph and often personal details such as address and descriptions.
Valle is believed to have used law enforcement databases to gather his list and concoct a “plan to abduct and cook an identified woman, researching methods of disabling and drugging women, and agreeing with at least one other individual to kidnap a woman in exchange for a sum of money.”
During one online conversation that took place in July between Valle and the unidentified co-conspirator, the complaint says, Valle was asked “How big is your oven?”
Valle allegedly answered: “Big enough to fit one of these girls if I folded their legs.”
Further discussing the culinary aspects of the plot, the co-conspirator allegedly asked Valle what his “favorite cut of meat” was and advised against using a spit over a fire. “Spitting kills the girl. Have to put her into a kind of cage,” the co-conspirator wrote.
“I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus,” Valle allegedly responded. “Cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.”
The New York Police Department has been hit with lawsuit after lawsuit claiming police violated civil rights.
In an incident earlier this month, an unarmed Army National Guardsman was pulled over on a Queens highway and shot to death by an NYPD officer from an elite unit.
Furthermore, an amateur video in which a New York City police officer repeatedly beats up a teenage suspect on a subway platform caused controversy after being posted to YouTube by a Brooklyn community activist on July 26.