NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Were former NYPD Officer Gilberto Valle’s shocking and gruesome ideas about killing and eating women just a twisted fantasy, or was he really in danger of acting on his words?
That is the question in his trial, which began Monday. Both prosecutors and Valle’s own defense attorney confirmed Valle’s cannibalistic fantasies, but the defense said he never planned to carry them out.
As CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported Monday, Valle’s estranged wife told the New York City jury that she went to the FBI after finding disturbing material on his computer detailing a plot to kidnap, kill and eat women.
Kathleen Mangan, 28 — the first government witness at Valle’s federal kidnapping conspiracy trial — wept while on the stand Monday as she testified how her husband emotionally dropped out after she became pregnant.
Valle wiped his brow and put his head in his hands as he listened to his wife’s testimony.
Prosecutors have accused Valle, also 28, of plotting to abduct, torture and eat dozens of women, including his wife. He claims he was only indulging in a fantasy shared online by thousands of others visitors to Internet fetish sites.
Mangan said she became suspicious of her husband’s late night Internet fascination and planted spyware on their shared computer. In so doing, she discovered the websites he had been visiting. Online discussions revealed his plans to “sexually assault these women — to slit their throats and detailed plans to cannibalize these women,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Jackson said in opening arguments.
“I saw a woman covered in blood, hanging. I saw a picture of human feet cut off from the body,” Mangan told the jury.
Two other women were “going to be raped in front of each other to heighten their fears,” while another was going to be roasted alive over an open fire, Mangan testified about the online chats she read.
“The suffering was for his enjoyment and he wanted to make it last as long as possible,” she said.
She then used a common password of his to look at his online chats, and what she saw next made her decide to flee, she told the jury.
“Plans. Plans,” she testified. “I was going to be tied up by my feet and my throat slit.”