'Cannibal Cop' Trial Highlights Line Between Fantasy and Crime

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Federal Courthouse in Lower Manhattan. The Federal Courthouse in Lower Manhattan. (wallyg/flickr)

A 28-year-old New York City police officer is on trial this week on charges he conspired to kidnap, kill and eat women. Attorneys for the so-called "Cannibal Cop" say Gilberto Valle's online musings were simply fantasies, but federal prosecutors say his actions represented a real danger.

Several women who knew Valle testified Tuesday that they never felt threatened by him, but former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Brooklyn Law School Professor I. Bennett Capers said that doesn’t mean that prosecutors are overreaching. That’s because Valle’s wife, 27-year-old Kathleen Mangan-Valle fled their Queens home with their 1-year-old daughter and contacted authorities after learning about her husband's Internet interests.

“Probably the person who knows him best is his wife. If she’s afraid, then it sort of communicates to the jurors that this is more than simply a fantasy in his head,” Capers said. “This was crossing the line into a real threat, a real problem.”

Valle remains jailed without bail on charges that could carry a life sentence.

WNYC’s Amy Eddings spoke to Capers Tuesday. 

Additional reporting by the Associated Press.

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mike johnson

Freedom of speech ,its only a crime if you act on it ,am I a cannibal cause I eat pussy .should I be locked away for licking a woman's box ,or her for a blowjob,I think its time for a civil war with morons making laws to keep the rich safe ,while they starve the poor ,we need more heroes like the cop in California who waged war against the police here ,it scared L.A.P.D.,they won't lie to much now on other officers who do there job ,and keep the old status quo ,I salute men and women who fight for the rights of the oppressed people ,of all races and the rest of the world can kiss our ass.

Feb. 26 2013 07:23 PM

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