Earlier this week Gilberto Valle was found guilty of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and is now facing a life sentence. You probably know him better as the Cannibal Cop. He made for tabloid gold!
The details are gruesome yet pretty simple. Valle visted frequently visited a porn site that featured cannibalism stories along with pictures of girls and guys describing what they would do. He also kept a folder on his computer that detailed women he would like to kill and eat for sexual pleasure. He broke a law when he accessed a federal government database without authorization in order to find more info on these women. He exchanged e-mails with 3 co conspirators detailing their fantasies. Those are the simple facts. Take away the accessing a federal government database charge because that was prosecuted as a 2nd charge. So we have a man who has a fantasy that is disgusting to most everyone. He talks about it with 3 other guys who share this type of fantasy. He has 3 women that he's "compiled information on". But what kind of info? Prosecutors admitted that a lot of the info seemed to be made up. In his file titled Abducting and Cooking Kimberly -- A Blueprint." It included a photograph of Kimberly Sauer and personal information, including her bra size and shoe size. Sauer's testimony revealed that a lot of the information was wrong. He said in one of his e-mails that he was watching a different one of his intended victims right now, but in reality she lived in Ohio and he never saw her other than online. The list he wrote of things needed for the crimes included gag, rope, chloroform and a tarp. The FBI said he never possessed any of it. He also had bragged in correspondence with the co conspirators that he had built a pulley apparatus in his basement and bought a mountain cabin for his crimes. He didn't even have a basement, never mind a mountain cabin. He even wrote in one of his correspondence "No matter what I say, it's make-believe. I just have a world in my mind". The FBI had 24 different correspondence of his. They listed 21 as fantasy but said the other 3 were serious. Why? Because in one of the three he wrote "Are you really in to it? I'm just afraid of getting caught".
After he was found guilty the NY Post spoke to some of his former co workers in the the 26th Precinct; “We still don’t know what he did wrong. He didn’t have any duct tape,” one cop said. “It was some kind of fantasy in his mind. We didn’t think he would actually do it or carry it out.” Despite no victims and no equipment to carry out the crime he was allegedly intending to commit, the jury found him guilty. The prosecution's final words to the jury were;
"His porn consists of dead bodies," Assistant U.S Attorney Randall Jackson told jurors. "That's not porn that is OK. That is not normal. Officer Valle is a sexually sadistic individual. This is a man who is sick." I'm not trained in mental illness, but it's not hard for me to believe that a guy who gets off on this stuff is sick. But he still hasn't committed a crime! Sick people go to therapy if they haven't committed a crime, not prison. When the FBI wants to catch a terrorist, they have to prove it's not just a fantasy of blowing up a building. That's why the FBI gives him a fake detonator or a fake gun or whatever to get him to commit the act that he thought would result in someone else's death. Chris Hansen wouldn't even have a show if all people had to do to be guilty was write a fantasy e-mail!
But that just changed. We have now entered an era where government officials can judge your fantasy as "not normal" and declare you sick. And if a jury buys in to it, you can be sentenced to life in prison.
So what's your fantasy? Will it pass government regulations?