The trial of Officer Gilberto Valle, dubbed the cannibal cop, is in process and Tuesday the defense rested their case. Valley is on trial for his alleged plans to kidnap, cook and eat women, including his estranged wife. Reuters shared the latest details on March 5.
Valle did not take the stand during his trial, and closing arguments are set for Thursday. The jury was given a great deal of information from emails and Internet chats where the cannibal cop talked about killing and eating women, including his estranged wife Kathleen Mangan-Valle. While he apparently wrote about some two dozen plots, prosecutors say at least three of the women were real.
The defense claims that the plans he made were “pure fiction.” Prosecutors showed the jury the website where Valle posted about his plots, and it included extremely graphic pictures and ads. Valle participated in role plays on the site, and then took it into real life when he started meeting women for lunch and digging to get additional information on them via a law enforcement database.
The cannibal cop was busted after Mangan-Valle discovered files about his plots on their computer. She contacted the FBI, which led to Valle's arrest. She also testified against him in the trial. Valle's attorney says that he became very emotional after the defense rested, and those following the cannibal cop case will be quite interested to see what the jury decides.