The “Cannibal Cop” and Pre-emptive Prosecution

Monday, January 13, 2014

Robert Kolker discusses the “cannibal cop” case and looks at whether it’s possible—or even legal—to convict people for crimes they haven’t even committed yet. His article “A Dangerous Mind,” in the January 13 issue of New York magazine, is about Gilberto Valle, who was arrested in New York on a charge of conspiracy to kidnap. Details from his bail hearings told the story of a husband secretly plotting to kidnap and kill, cook, and eat several women, including his own wife. The trial seemed to be two different cases—the actual charge against Valle (conspiracy to kidnap) and the question of what Valle might do in the future if he were allowed to go free.


Robert Kolker

Comments [2]

Meredith1 from nyc

I turned on wnyc at about 155pm and heard a man begin a sentence 3 times in a few seconds...He said “He’s a ...He doesn’t believe....He....a 3rd phrase, can’t recall. I turned it off.
Why does an educated person speaking on radio to an audience not have the ability to talk in a complete sentence, and not make us keep waiting for some point to be revealed? Like, ya know, I’s just too much! I got other things to do and listen to in this big wide world.

Now that I see what the topic was, I'm glad I missed the show, and that those phrases were the only things I heard!

Jan. 13 2014 02:02 PM
Mark from Manhattan

What's the difference between this and playing Grand Theft Auto? I personally find it sick to play a video game where the enjoyment is to randomly kill human representations. The defense to this is called " it's just a game , it's fantasy". Or watching movies like SAW. To me I see no difference. I can not stomach either of these ( to me ) sick forms of entertainment .. what a hypocritical society this is.

Jan. 13 2014 01:44 PM

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