Cannibalism Chat-Room Talks Called ‘Real Crimes’
A defense attorney for a police officer accused in a cannibalism plot pressed an FBI agent to explain where fantasy ends and reality begins yesterday after the investigator read aloud several-dozen Internet chats in which participants boasted of plans to cook and eat human flesh.
Attorney Robert Baum attacked FBI agent Corey Walsh’s statement that 40 of the thousands of Internet communications of Officer Gilberto Valle that he reviewed contained “elements of real crimes.”
Valle is accused in Manhattan federal court of conspiring to kidnap, kill and eat women he knew, including his wife.
In one email exchange, Valle discussed plans to attack a Columbus, Ohio, woman he knew in college.
“I want her to experience being cooked alive,” Valle said. “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.