Jury Finds NYPD Cop Guilty Of Plotting To Kidnap, Cook, Eat Wome - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Jury Finds NYPD Cop Guilty Of Plotting To Kidnap, Cook, Eat Women

NBCNEWS.COM - An NYPD officer accused in a gruesome plot to kidnap women, cook them and dine on their "girl meat" has been convicted on all charges.

Officer Gilberto Valle, a 28-year-old father of one, was found guilty Tuesday on a charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and a charge of illegally using a federal computer database that prosecutors had said he accessed to gain personal information about women he was targeting.

The grisly case included online transcripts of his plans; at one point he told an alleged co-conspirator that his oven was "big enough to fit one of these girls if I folded their legs."

"I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus ... cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible," he was accused of saying.

Defense attorney Julia Gatto had argued that Valle's chats on fetish websites "are no more real than an alien invasion."

Prosecutors countered that an analysis of Valle's computer found he was taking concrete steps to abduct his wife and at least five other women he knew. They said he looked up potential targets on a restricted law enforcement database, searched the Internet for how to knock someone out with chloroform, and showed up on the block of one woman.

Valle "left the world of fantasy and entered the world of reality," prosecutor Hadassa Waxman said during closing arguments. She said the officer's arrest last year interrupted a ghoulish plan to "kidnap, torture, rape and commit other horrific acts on young women."

The jury heard Valle's potential victims testify that they were trading innocent-sounding emails and texts with him, unaware he was supposedly scheming to make meals out of them. The government also sought to drive home the point that Valle was more of a threat because he was a police officer.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement after the verdict was read that "the Internet is a forum for the free exchange of ideas, but it does not confer immunity for plotting crimes and taking steps to carry out those crimes."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Firefighter mauled by pit bull at scene of house fire

    Firefighter mauled by pit bull at scene of house fire

    Sunday, July 15 2018 3:47 PM EDT2018-07-15 19:47:12 GMT

    SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California firefighter was mauled in the face by a pit bull after helping extinguish a house fire.    The East Bay Times reports Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief John Whiting received "extremely severe facial damage" in the attack Saturday in San Leandro.    Division Chief Alan Evans says Whiting required extensive reconstructive surgery.

    >>

    SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California firefighter was mauled in the face by a pit bull after helping extinguish a house fire.    The East Bay Times reports Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief John Whiting received "extremely severe facial damage" in the attack Saturday in San Leandro.    Division Chief Alan Evans says Whiting required extensive reconstructive surgery.

    >>
  • Motorcyclist killed in crash on Sherman Pass

    Motorcyclist killed in crash on Sherman Pass

    Monday, July 16 2018 1:58 AM EDT2018-07-16 05:58:31 GMT

    SHERMAN PASS, Wash.- A 53-year-old man was killed Sunday after a crash involving a motorcycle and transit van. The crash happened on State Route 20, just before 6pm on Sunday, about 14 miles east of Republic.

    >>

    SHERMAN PASS, Wash.- A 53-year-old man was killed Sunday after a crash involving a motorcycle and transit van. The crash happened on State Route 20, just before 6pm on Sunday, about 14 miles east of Republic.

    >>
  • Oregon woman rescued after spending a week at the bottom of a cliff

    Oregon woman rescued after spending a week at the bottom of a cliff

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:08 AM EDT2018-07-16 12:08:06 GMT
    Courtesy Luanne SandvikCourtesy Luanne Sandvik

    MONTEREY COUNTY, Cali.- New photos have emerged showing the rescue of an Oregon woman, whose car plummeted over a cliff in California. Angela Hernandez, of Portland, is recovering in a hospital, after spending a full week at the bottom of a cliff. 

    >>

    MONTEREY COUNTY, Cali.- New photos have emerged showing the rescue of an Oregon woman, whose car plummeted over a cliff in California. Angela Hernandez, of Portland, is recovering in a hospital, after spending a full week at the bottom of a cliff. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • National NewsMore>>

  • Mad Minute stories from Friday, July 13th

    Mad Minute stories from Friday, July 13th

    Saturday, July 14 2018 1:37 AM EDT2018-07-14 05:37:25 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, July 13th.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, July 13th.

    >>
  • Driver falls asleep, crashes into school bus in Colorado

    Driver falls asleep, crashes into school bus in Colorado

    Friday, July 13 2018 1:17 AM EDT2018-07-13 05:17:44 GMT

    HUDSON, Colo. (AP) - Investigators say the driver of a flatbed truck that crashed into a school bus carrying a group of high school students northeast of Denver fell asleep at the wheel.    Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gary Cutler says the truck drifted into oncoming traffic and sideswiped the Greeley-Evans School District bus near the small town of Hudson on Thursday afternoon. 

    >>

    HUDSON, Colo. (AP) - Investigators say the driver of a flatbed truck that crashed into a school bus carrying a group of high school students northeast of Denver fell asleep at the wheel.    Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gary Cutler says the truck drifted into oncoming traffic and sideswiped the Greeley-Evans School District bus near the small town of Hudson on Thursday afternoon. 

    >>
  • 'It keeps us safe': An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses

    'It keeps us safe': An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses

    Friday, July 13 2018 1:08 AM EDT2018-07-13 05:08:55 GMT
    Photo: Anthony Quintano / Flickr / CC BY 2.0Photo: Anthony Quintano / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    NEW YORK (AP) - At a Brooklyn storefront, people sign up to use a bathroom outfitted to try to curb the drug overdose crisis. They'll be checked on, by intercom, about every three minutes while in the restroom at this needle exchange program, called VOCAL-NY. If there's no response, a staffer will unlock the door and come in, ready with anti-overdose medication. VOCAL-NY says in eight years, a few people have overdosed but all have been rescued.    

    >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - At a Brooklyn storefront, people sign up to use a bathroom outfitted to try to curb the drug overdose crisis. They'll be checked on, by intercom, about every three minutes while in the restroom at this needle exchange program, called VOCAL-NY. If there's no response, a staffer will unlock the door and come in, ready with anti-overdose medication. VOCAL-NY says in eight years, a few people have overdosed but all have been rescued.    

    >>