A POLICE officer plotted to kidnap, torture, cook and eat at least 100 women whose photos, names and addresses he pulled from a confidential database, authorities claim.
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.
Authorities in New York said the 28-year-old was arrested because he was taking steps to carry out his plans.
Assistant US Attorney Hadassa Waxman said he had "plans to kidnap, rape, torture, kill and eat the body parts of young women".
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."
Valle's estranged wife tipped authorities off to his chilling online activity, leading to his arrest.
Valle was held without bail on charges including kidnapping conspiracy and unauthorised use of law enforcement records.
US Judge Henry Pitman called the charges against him "profoundly disturbing... the most depraved, most dangerous conduct that can be imagined" and even more troubling because he is a police officer.
Pitman said the steps Valle took to carry out the plot "suggest more than just talk".
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 other online conversations, investigators said, Valle talked about the mechanics of fitting the woman's body into an oven, said he could make chloroform at home to knock a woman out and discussed how "tasty" one woman looked. "Her days are numbered," he allegedly wrote.
That woman told the FBI she knew Valle and met him for lunch in July.
Valle, who could face life in prison if convicted, sat quietly in a red T-shirt and jeans at his court appearance.
Julia Gatto, defending, had asked for bail, saying: "There's no actual crossing the line from fantasy to reality."