Gilberto Valle, a six-year veteran of the NYPD assigned to a precinct in Harlem, was charged with federal kidnapping conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
“Valle’s alleged plans to kidnap women so that they could be raped, tortured, killed, cooked, and cannibalized shock the conscience,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “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 never actually followed through on any of the planning.
The evidence against Valle includes several email conversations and instant messages he had with multiple co-conspirators. A search of Valle’s computer revealed that he had created at least 100 specific files on potential victims, including personal information and photographs.
Valle was in personal contact with at least some of the women in the database, and often gathered information on them by trailing them to their jobs or staking out their homes.
In July of 2012, Valle had multiple email exchanges with one co-conspirator about the best way to drug, kidnap, and cook a specific woman. At one point Valle contacted the proposed victim and told her he wanted to meet her for lunch, and then met her later that same day.
During the course of their planning, the co-conspirator asks Valle, “how big is your oven?”
“Big enough to fit one of these girls if I folded their legs,” Valle responded, then suggested that they cook her over a “low heat” to keep her alive as long as possible.
According to the criminal complaint, in another case in February of 2012, Valle had conversations with a different co-conspirator and agreed to kidnap a woman for $5,000. He promises that the victim would be alive, bound, and gagged when he delivered her.
“She will be alive,” Valle wrote, according to the criminal complaint. “It’s a short drive to you. I think I would rather not get involved in the rape. You paid for her. She is all yours and I don’t want to be tempted the next time I abduct a girl.”
Cell phone records show that a number belonging to Valle placed a phone call to the same Manhattan block where the victim lived.
“The allegations in this complaint really need no description from us,” said Mary Galligan, acting director of the F.B.I. “It would be an understatement merely to say Valle’s own words and actions were shocking.”
Valle, Gilberto Complaint & Warrant