Accused 'Cannibal Cop' Wanted 'Girl Meat' For Thanksgiving, Prosecutors Say
MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT — The NYPD cop accused of plotting to cook and eat women also had a plan for his Thanksgiving meal, prosecutors said during a bail hearing Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court.
“I’m planning on getting some girl meat…this November…for Thanksgiving,” Gilberto Valle, 28, wrote to another man, according to federal prosecutors who read the instant message transcript aloud in court.
“She’s not a volunteer. She will have to be abducted,” Valle continued. “I will grab her from her home.”
The disturbing conversation is just latest of the explicit emails and instant messages federal prosecutors have revealed since arresting Valle in October after an three-month FBI investigation.
On Tuesday, a Manhattan federal judge denied Valle’s application for bail, saying he remains a flight risk and a potential danger to society.
The decision comes a day after the 28-year-old father pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to kidnap and illegally accessing a federal crime database without permission, in connection with an alleged plan to kidnap, rape, kill and cook women.
Valle, a Forest Hills resident, is accused of creating a detailed list of 100 women he knew, including their addresses, a physical descriptions and photos.
He then tracked down more information about the women by illegally accessing state and federal law-enforcement databases, and staked out some of their homes and offices, prosecutors said.
His defense lawyer, Julia Gatto, however, has repeatedly argued that Valle’s correspondence was simply twisted fantasy, explored via deviant sex websites — and that he never had plans to act on any of the horrific chatter.
Referring to one of his potential victims, Gilberto is accused of writing, "She does look tasty, doesn't she?" [Click here to read the shocking complaint.]
During the bail hearing, which lasted more than an hour, Gatto discussed a new psychiatric evaluation offered by a doctor who concluded that despite Valle’s “violent sexual fantasies” he didn’t believe the young officer, who had no criminal record, history of mental illness or drug abuse, intended on acting on them — and that he didn’t pose a significant threat if released on bail.
The bail package would have included house arrest in his mother’s home — and Valle wouldn’t have been allowed any access to the internet.
But Manhattan Federal Court Judge Paul Gardephe was not swayed, saying that Valle’s “depraved, bizarre” plans were too significant to warrant release, even under the strictest of conditions.
The defense's psychiatrist, Gardephe pointed out, also said his report was “preliminary” and that he didn’t have time to do a full evaluation.
And, Valle’s wife refused to be a co-signer for the bail bond, officials said.
Valle is set to head to trial on Jan. 22.
He said nothing during the hearing, as his mother, brother and other relatives sat in the packed courtroom.