By Elizabeth C.
WOULD GILBERTO VALLE LIKE A NICE CHIANTI AND SOME FAVA BEANS TO GO WITH HIS MEAL?
Consider that gallows humor because what New York Police Officer Valle wanted as his main course was women.
Valle, 28, was arrested Tuesday at his home in Queens, N.Y. by FBI agents and NYPD’s internal affairs. According to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday, Valle had allegedly been creating a database of 100 women “as part of a developing plan to kidnap, torture, cook and eat them,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
“Gilberto Valle’s alleged plans to kidnap women so that they could be raped, tortured, killed, cooked and cannibalized shock the conscience,” said Manhattan U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara in a statement. “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. Our investigation is ongoing.”
The unsealed indictment alleges that Gilberto’s instant messages and emails dating as far back as February reveal his macabre plan. Among his sick intentions, Valle reportedly fantasized about slow-cooking a woman to death to draw out her torture. “I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus,” he wrote in one message. “Cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.” He also wrote a how-to manual on kidnapping, researched the use of chloroform, and aspired to be a “professional kidnapper.”
A neighbor of Valle’s called him “straight as an arrow,” telling DNAInfo: “He just had a baby — it doesn’t add up.” The neighbor says Valle’s mother called his arrest a “set-up.” And a handyman from his building said, “”I’m very surprised. He looked very nice. He doesn’t look crazy.”
Valle faces charges of conspiracy to kidnap and accessing a computer without authorization for using federal and state law enforcement databases to target potential victims.
If the charges are accurate, here’s a possible scene from his future.