‘Cannibal cop’ jury still has no decision after 3 days; could it mean he’ll walk?

For a third day, a jury has deliberated over whether or no so called Cannibal Cop Gilberto Valle, 28, committed a felony crime when he made plans with other men online to kidnap, sexually torture, cook to death and eat women.  There is still no verdict.

The six-year veteran NYPD officer has insisted all along that he had engaged in fantasy role play only.  Prosecutors, by contrast, have argued that Valle’s plans were very real.  The question is, did federal prosecutors prove their point beyond a shadow of a reasonable doubt? The verdict will be the answer.

“We hope that the jury follows the law,” Julia Gatto, lead attorney for Valle, said late last week.  “If they follw the law, they will return a not guilty verdict.”

As she pointed out, jurors are required by law to assume that Valle is innocent, unless the argument and evidence prosecutors put forth  prove otherwise.

Among that evidence were unforgettable images, including a video of a woman chained by her bleeding wrists, screaming, while a digitally reproduced representation of a flame appears to burn her between her legs.

'Cannibal Cop' Gilberto Valle

Officer Gilberto Valle, once a cop in Manhattan’s 26th Precinct, has been held in federal custody since late October, when he was charged with conspiracy to kidnap women, in a sick plot to kill and then eat them.

 

FBI agents, who admitted that the video was most likely staged,  discovered it on one of two computers they seized from Valle’s home that he shared with his wife.  She alerted investigators to his activities, thereby opening the criminal case against him.

The video was among hundreds of other disturbing images, including pictures of women who appear to be dead, women who appear to be burned at the stake, and women tied to spits waiting to apparently be cooked, to name a few.

There was even a detailed fact sheet titled, “Abducting and Cooking Kimberly — A Blueprint,” in which Valle compiled extensive facts about a female friend of his, including her personal contact information.  But all of the information in the document, with the exception of the woman’s first name, was made up.  It all supports Valle’s defense, that he was strictly engaged in extensive fantasy.

Valle’s publicly-funded federal defense lawyers strongly stand by their client, saying that he should not be convicted simply for having disturbing thoughts, none of which he acted on directly.  “It’s an emotional case for us,” Gatto said.  “This is the kind of case why you become a defense attorney.  [It involves] the presumption of innocence and burden of proof, and we feel that the government has failed to meet their burden.”

In keeping with its established policy of not commenting on cases until a verdict has been reached, the U.S. Attorney’s office has made no comment regarding Valle’s trial.

6 comments

  • ivo cardozo

    I have been following this story since the very first day it came to light — and it is very difficult to
    comprehend how the government insists on pursuing a case where there is no matterial evidence at all !!!

    There are just fantasies put in writing by the accused — and nothing more.

    This affair could and should have been dealt administratively by the NYCPD, only.

    There is no crime in mr Valle dellusions.

    Sincerely,

    Ivo Cardozo, Rio de Janeiro

  • ivo cardozo

    Taking the opportunity.

    Ms Gatto and her entourage have my most heartfull admiration for her extreme dedication in this case — which shows how much she cares that "though crimes" do not go into jurisprudence in American law.

    Ivo Cardozo, Rio de Janeiro

  • laura

    Would you want him living on your block? Stalking your wife or daughter? He has a dangerous mind and is a dangerous person. He did take steps toward realizing his "fantasy "

  • trina

    thats bullshit he should stay in jail there no fantasy – what if you were one of the women he wants to target will it still be a fantasy ? these people are fcking insane he talked about targeting women locking them up for no reason at all not taking them to jail but to a place will you will beg for mercy who would want that ? now what if this hadent popped up and nobody knew about it and women would start disappearing then what you people on these comments cant be serious think about your mom daughter sister aunt grandmother he needs to rott

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