Really gross! NYPD officer Gilberto Valle had his conviction for conspiracy to kidnap overturned after lawyers argued his plans to abduct, rape and kill women were just ‘fantasy role-play’
A New York policeman dubbed the “Cannibal Cop” after plotting to kidnap, rape, and eat women has been freed, after lawyers argued people have the right to fantasize. Thirty-year-old Gilberto Valle was awaiting sentence following his conviction last year, after a trial heard how he had talked of eating “girl meat” in online chats and kept a database of women he plotted to rape, kill and cook. Prosecutors also said he had searched the internet for homemade recipes for cholorform to subdue victims, and recipes for cooking human flesh.
But his conviction was overturned by a judge today after his defence team argued that the US Constitution gives people the right to fantasize free from government interference. Prosecutors said Valle crossed the line from fantasy to reality by taking specific action in conspiring to kidnap women, but his lawyers had argued that Valle was merely engaged in online fantasy role playing. They added he had never acted after almost a year of fantasizing about kidnapping, murdering and eating around two dozen women, including his estranged wife, and District Judge Paul Gardephe acquitted him on a charge of conspiracy to kidnap.
Judge Gardephe said: “The evidentiary record is such that it is more likely than not the case that all of Valle’s Internet communications about kidnapping are fantasy role-play.”
A lesser charge of improperly accessing a law enforcement database – which prosecutors said Valle used to hep find an intended victim – was upheld. That could carry a one-year prison sentence, although Valle has already spent more than 18 months in jail. Following the ruling Valle, wearing jail-issued blue trousers and top, hugged his lawyers and nodded to family members. His lawyer Julia Gatto said her client was “guilty of nothing more than very unconventional thoughts”, adding: “We don’t put people in jail for their thoughts.”
Valle’s mother, Elizabeth, said after the hearing that she planned to spend a lot of time with her son and “cook him his favorite meal.”
Cased closed except for one thing… what will Gilberto Valle’s mom cook for his ‘favorite meal’?