“I saw a woman covered in blood, hanging. I saw a picture of human feet cut off from the body,” she testified.
Mangan then used his favorite password to look at his conversations. That’s when she decided to go to authorities.
“Plans. Plans,” she said. “I was going to be tied up by my feet and my throat slit and they would have fun watching the blood gush out of me because I was young.”
Mangan also discovered plans to put one friend in a suitcase, wheel her out of her building and murder her. 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, she said.
But Gatto told jurors the officer wanted only to share extreme sexual fantasies on the Internet with like-minded people, some of the 38,000 registered to a website that caters to those interested in asphyxiation and cannibalism.
“Sexual fantasies often include those we know, those we find attractive,” Gatto said. “It’s sad that it’s come to this, but it was purely fantasy. He was fantasizing about women he knows, about women he finds attractive.”
Gatto asked Mangan about good times with friends the couple had shared and their wedding last June.
“The wedding was nice. The marriage was not,” she said.
Valle is accused of conspiring to kidnap a woman and unauthorized use of a law enforcement database that prosecutors say he used to help build a list of potential targets. A conviction on the kidnapping count carries a possible life sentence.
The officer had attempted to contact potential victims, including a New York City elementary school teacher, to learn more about their jobs and residences, the prosecutor said. His Internet research also included the best rope to tie someone up with, recipes, human flesh, white slavery and chemicals that can knock someone out, Jackson said.
Valle is expected to take the stand to make the case that it was all role-playing fantasy. The defense also is planning to call experts to explain the fetish subculture and to show jurors the videotaped testimony of the fetish website’s co-founder, Sergey Merenkov.
A New Jersey man charged with scheming with Valle to kidnap, rape and murder a Manhattan woman is awaiting trial. He also says he intended no harm.
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