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NYPD officer charged in plot to torture, cook, eat women

| Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 7:18 p.m.
A man claiming to be the brother of New York City Police Officer Gilberto Valle is questioned by the media Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in the Queens borough of New York. The officer was charged Thursday in a ghoulish plot to kidnap and torture women and then cook and eat their body parts. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK — An NYPD officer was charged on Thursday with leading a ghoulish double life by using a law enforcement database and fetish chat rooms to dream up a plot to torture women and then cook and eat their body parts.

Gilberto Valle left a trail of emails, instant messages and computer files detailing the bizarre cannibalism scheme, according to a criminal complaint, which identified two women as Victim 1 and Victim 2. He catalogued at least 100 women on his computer, federal investigators said, but there was no information that anyone was harmed.

One document found on his computer was titled “Abducting and Cooking (Victim 1): A Blueprint,” according to the 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 one exchange in July.

In other online conversations, investigators said, Valle talked about the mechanics of fitting the woman's body into an oven (her legs would have to be bent), said he could make chloroform at home to knock a woman out and discussed how “tasty” one woman looked.

The woman told the FBI she knew Valle and met him for lunch in July, but that's as far as it went.

Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman said at the Thursday hearing that the allegations against the 28-year-old were “profoundly disturbing.”

The six-year officer sat quietly throughout the hearing, answering “yes, Your Honor” to the judge. He was detained without bail.

The officer's estranged wife had alerted New York authorities to his chilling online activity, triggering the investigation that led to his arrest by the FBI on Wednesday.

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