Is the ‘cannibal cop’ on trial for conspiracy or thought crimes?

Posted at 9:59 PM, Feb 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-01 14:19:25-05

There is no doubt that at the very least – the so called “Cannibal Cop” Gilberto Valle talked a good game.

Last summer, he created this document called “Abducting and Cooking Kimberly – A Blueprint”.

Prosecutors say the suspended NYPD cop also chatted online – in vivid detail, about his plans, under the screen name “mhal52”, saying he wanted to:

Mhal52: “Kidnap her from there and we’ll get her cooking Monday afternoon.”

Did Valle actually kidnap, cook, or eat any of the 100-women he tracked?

Not that we know of.

Cannibal Cop School copy

The defense lawyer used accused ‘cannibal cop’ Gilberto Valle’s plan to abduct and cook a woman as proof that it was just a fantasy.

But the dossiers, the internet chatter and the research — which included illegally accessing a federal law enforcement database — convinced investigators it was time to move in on Valle, before he went through with any of those cannibalistic crimes.

The 2002 Tom Cruise/Steven Spielberg film “Minority Report” showed us how a police department’s “Pre-Crime” division would treat “Thought Crime”.

Several federal terror suspects are now behind bars not because they successfully killed Americans, but because they unknowingly worked with FBI informants – who supplied with fake explosives – and gave them the opportunity to push the fake trigger.

Their arrests however, and long prison terms – were very real.

Defense Attorney Ron Kuby says technology has only complicated this kind of conspiracy-based case for both defense attorneys, and prosecutors.

“They don’t want to wait, in case he actually does carry out his plan. Thirty years ago, people who were into cannibalism, would have a very tough time meeting likeminded people. It’s just not the kind of thing you encounter in real life. The internet has made it possible to come into vigorous discussion with 20,000 people who also talk about how cool cannibalism is.”