A NEW YORK police officer has been arrested on charges of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women.
According to a criminal complaint, Gilberto Valle, a New York Police Department officer, discussed “kidnapping, cooking and eating body parts of women” with an with an unnamed partner.
The duo allegedly discussed using chloroform to knock their prey out, then bring them back to Valle’s kitchen, where, the officer said he had a big enough oven, although cooking her on a spit over an open fire was also considered.
Valle was arrested at his home in Queens yesterday.
“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.
The FBI learned about Valle’s plan in September when it found that he’d been discussing details on emails and instant messages from his home computer, according to the complaint.
A search of his 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.”
‘How big is your oven?’
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 responds. “Cook her over a low hear, keep her alive as long as possible.”
Although no murders took place, Valle allegedly went as far as meeting one of his intended victims. The co-conspirator asked him “How was your meal?” to which Valle is alleged to have replied: “I am meeting her.”
He did, the FBI says, in a restaurant.
The complaint alleges that Valle was the one preparing to do the kidnapping, for which the co-conspirator would pay him $5,000 a victim.
“This is very risky and will ruin my life if I’m caught,” he allegedly wrote. “I really need the money and I can’t take under $5,000.”
Chief Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara said: “Gilberto Valle’s alleged plans to kidnap women so that they could be raped, tortured, killed, cooked, and cannibalized shock the conscience.
“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.”