New York — An NYPD officer pleaded not guilty to charges he plotted to kidnap, torture, cook, and eat at least 100 women whose personal information he pulled from a law enforcement database.
Gilberto Valle entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan Monday. The 28-year-old was arrested last month based on a tip from his estranged wife.
A document on Valle’s computer was titled “Abducting and Cooking (Victim 1): A Blueprint.” The file also had the woman’s birthdate and other personal information, as well as materials needed to carry out the crime. This included chloroform, a car, and rope.
Valle had a catalog of records for at least 100 women. Some of the information came from a restricted law enforcement database. He claimed he knew many of the women on the list.
In one exchange in July, Valle wrote, “I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus … cook her over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.”
In other conversations, Valle discussed the logistics of fitting a woman’s body into an oven, and said he could make chloroform at home. He also noted how “tasty” one of the victims looked.
“Her days are numbered,” he wrote.
That would-be victim told the FBI she had met Valle for lunch in July.
None of the women were actually harmed, and Valle’s lawyer said he was never a threat. She said the alleged plot was just fantasy.
Gilberto Valle was suspended from the police force after his arrest. He is due back in court Tuesday for a bail hearing.