New York cop convicted of plotting to kill and eat women
The guy didn't actually attack anyone. He stalked them online, but didn't physically harm anyone. And he gets *life* in prison? I mean, if the dude is really a cannibal cop that's pretty awful. But it seems weird to give someone life in prison when they didn't actually harm anyone.
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer was convicted Tuesday of charges he plotted to kidnap and cook women to dine on their “girl meat” — a macabre case that subjected jurors to often gory evidence and asked them to separate fantasy from reality.
The Manhattan jury reached the verdict in federal court at the kidnapping conspiracy trial of Officer Gilberto Valle, a 28-year-old father with an admitted fetish for talking on the Internet about cannibalism.
Valle’s lawyers, at what the tabloids dubbed the “Cannibal Cop” trial, chose not to hide what they called his “weird proclivities.” But they insisted that he was just fantasizing and noted that none of the women were ever harmed.
Valle bowed his head and looked teary-eyed when the verdict was announced. He hugged his lawyer, Julia Gatto, who said later that she and Valle had been crying.
“It’s a devastating verdict for us. We poured our hearts and souls into this,” Gatto said of a defense team that all dropped their heads when the verdict was announced.