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Cop denies charge of plotting to eat women

A NEW York police officer pleaded not guilty to charges he plotted to kidnap, torture, cook and eat at least 100 women whose photos, names and addresses authorities say he pulled from a confidential law enforcement database.

Gilberto Valle entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan. Authorities arrested the 28-year-old New York Police Department officer last month based on a tip from his estranged wife.

One document on Valle's computer was titled "Abducting and Cooking (Victim 1): A Blueprint," according to a criminal complaint. The file also had the woman's birthdate 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 wrote in one exchange in July, the complaint says.

The jailed Valle is due back in court today for a bail hearing.

hnews@herald.ie


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