NY's 'cannibal cop' takes tips from Indian butcher
A New York City police officer and a butcher in India chatted online about the officer's plans to torture and cook his soon-to-be wife and a former college roommate, an FBI agent testified on Wednesday.
“I have longed to butcher and cook female meat,” Officer Gilberto Valle, 28, told the man identified as Aly Khan early last year, according to the testimony of FBI Agent Corey Walsh. Khan offered to provide a place in Pakistan to kill the woman once she was brought to India, Walsh said.
The exchange was among numerous Internet chats offered by prosecutors to support charges that Valle conspired with others on the Internet to kidnap, rape, kill and eat women that he knew. Also charged with illegally accessing a government database to research potential victims, Valle could face life in prison if convicted.
For two days, Walsh has testified about chats Valle participated in last year with a New Jersey co-defendant and two co-conspirators: a man in Great Britain and Khan, both of whom posed on the Internet as veterans of cannibalism who could teach Valle the skills he would need.
In several emails read by Walsh, Valle seemed eager to make the woman he would marry a few months later an offering of sorts to Khan, though he added: “She is a sweet girl. I like her a lot. But I will move on.”
Valle wrote that he could talk her into going on a trip to India before they took her to Pakistan, where they could gag her and take her to a basement, where they could hang her from her feet and take turns sexually assaulting her before slitting her throat and cooking her.
“I just love the thought of stringing her upside down,” Valle wrote in an email displayed to the jury. He also said he would like “to see her suffer” and “slowly roast her until she dies.”
In a later email, Khan taunted Valle for failing to deliver a woman. “Are you really into it?” he asked.
"Yes," Valle answered.
"Are you sure?" Khan asked.
“Definitely,’ Valle said.
Khan, apparently pleased with the response, said: “Get your mind ready. I will guide the rest.” As the instant messages progressed over a series of weeks, Valle began discussing plans to attack a 27-year-old Ohio woman he knew in college.
“I want her to experience being cooked alive,” he said in one exchange. “She’ll be trussed up like a turkey ... She’ll be terrified, screaming and crying.”
He wrote that her death would “definitely make the news” and there will be “plenty of suspects” because she is a prosecutor. The woman, Andria Noble, testified on Monday that she never knew Valle to be violent when they were at the University of Maryland together. Under cross examination, defense attorney Robert Baum attacked the FBI agent's statement that 40 of the thousands of Internet communications of Valle that he reviewed contained “elements of real crimes.”
Baum aimed to show little or no distinction existed between chats or emails the FBI deemed real evidence of a crime and those dismissed as fantasy. The agent conceded both had similar elements: Valle discussing how to cook women.