Cannibal Cop's Lawyer Says Plot to Rape, Kill, and Eat Women Was Just a "Fantasy"
The NYPD officer accused of plotting to cook up a batch of lady stew was merely involved in "idle talk" online -- it was just a "fantasy," his attorney, Julia Gatto, said yesterday.
"Nobody has been injured. Nobody has been taken," Gatto said during Cannibal Cop Gilberto Valle III's arraignment. "It is, at best, someone who is living a fantasy on the Internet, a deviant fantasy. But there is no actual crossing the line from fantasy to reality."
The "fantasy," however, made the jump to reality when Valle III actually met with several of the women he'd had "on file" as potential victims/meals.
In at least one case, Valle had lunch with one of the women. Little did she know that she was on Valle's alleged menu.
New details have emerged about the bizarre case of rape, murder, and cannibalism planned by the NYPD officer and at least two other men.
The twisted network of alleged cannibals was unearthed by Valle's wife, a teacher, who found evidence of her cop husband's "tactical plans" to eat women on her computer, which he used last month after his crashed.
After discovering the plan, Valle's wife left the Forrest Hills home the couple shared with their young baby and returned to her native Reno, Nevada, where her mother is reportedly an ex-judge. She then called authorities -- armed with her laptop as evidence of her husband's devious plans.
Fantasy or not, Valle seemed to know that he was playing with fire.
"This is very risky and will ruin my life if I get caught," he allegedly wrote to one of his co-conspirators, according to a federal complaint. "I am putting my neck on the line here. If something goes wrong somehow, I am in deep s--t."
Valle is being held without bail.
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