Well, this is a new one for the NYPD: The FBI has arrested police officer Gilberto Valle III of Queens for plotting to kidnap and cook as many as 100 women, including his girlfriend. The 28-year-old cop, assigned to the 26th precinct in Harlem, was arrested last night and is due in court today. ABC reports that Valle, who's been suspended without pay, "had numerous discussions regarding bizarre behavior, but never went through with any of his plans, according to officials," so that's good.
According to the criminal complaint, Valle used law enforcement databases and kept files, including photos and addresses, for potential victims. He allegedly got very specific in online conversations with a co-conspirator (who turned out to be an informant) about his twisted urge to rape, torture, and eat people, even creating a document called "Abducting and Cooking [Victim-1]: a Blueprint," including his top target's name, date of birth, height, weight, and bra size.
The details of Valle's plan read like sick fantasy:
"[My oven] is big enough to fit one of these girls if I folded their legs ... The abduction will have to be flawless &I know all of them ... [Victim 1], I can just show up at her home unannounced, it will not alert her, and I can knock her out, wait until dark and kidnap her right out of her home."
"I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus ... cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible."
"I love that she is asleep right now not having the slightest clue of what we have planned. Her days are numbered. I'm glad you're on board. She does look tasty doesn't she?"
A separate person also negotiated with Valle to arrange a kidnapping, with the cop refusing to take less than $5,000 for his trouble. "It is going to be so hard to restrain myself when I knock her out, but I am aspiring to be a professional kidnapper and that's business," Valle said. "But I will really get off on knocking her out, tying up her hands and bare feet and gagging her. Then she will be stuffed into a large piece of luggage and wheeled out to my van."
Update: New information about Valle indicates that the FBI went after him following a trip from his estranged wife, according to the Daily News. The couple reportedly had a baby girl last year, but DNA Info discovered that he's been active on dating sites lately, despite listing on his profile that he's "seeing someone."
One of Valle's dating profiles, last updated in September, listed his favorite foods as "Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese…. I'll try anything and am not picky at all."
His favorite book is Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham."
"It's about a guy named Sam who makes this new breakfast and tries to get his neighbor to try it," Valle wrote. "After many failed attempts, the neighbor finally eats it and to his surprise he really likes it. The Doctor's message in his literary work is that it is good to try new things. I try and employ it in my everyday life."
"He just had a baby — it doesn't add up," said a neighbor of Valle's mother about the charges. "It makes no sense."
This post has been updated throughout.