Friday 23 February 2018

Police officer planned to cook and eat up to 100 women, US authorities claim

Gilberto Valle
Gilberto Valle

A US police officer planned to abduct as many as 100 women, cook them and eat them, according to authorities in New York.

Gilberto Valle, an NYPD officer, described "kidnapping, cooking and eating body parts of women'' with another man, according to a criminal complaint.

The two men intended to use chloroform to knock out victims and cook them in Valle’s oven, which was big enough "if I folded their legs”, it is claimed.

They also reportedly talk about slow-cooking women on a spit over an open fire or roasting them in a cage.

Valle was arrested at his home in the New York borough of Queens. His associate has not been charged.

No women were actually harmed or abducted.

FBI acting assistant director Mary Galligan said the gruesome allegations were beyond belief.

"The allegations in the complaint really need no description from us. They speak for themselves,'' she said.

"It would be an understatement merely to say Valle's own words and actions were shocking.''

Valle's alleged plans were discovered last month by the FBI when it found months’ worth of emails and instant messages on his home computer, according to the complaint.

His PC allegedly contained files on at least 100 women, their names, photos and sometimes addresses and descriptions. He is accused of using police databases to select his targets.

Valle allegedly devised "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,” according to the criminal complaint.

It is understood he met at least one woman but did not harm her.

According to the complaint, Valle would be paid $5,000 per victim by his co-conspirator..

"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 cannibalised 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.''

Valle faces in prison if convicted on several charges.

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