He didn’t plot to kill and eat women, he just fantasized about it. That’s what the lawyer of the NYPD ‘Cannibal Cop’ said in court Monday after her client pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to abduct, cook, and eat as many as 100 women. Gilberto Valle, 28, was arrested last month after his estranged wife tipped off authorities and indicted on Friday for kidnapping, conspiracy, and illegally accessing a law-enforcement database. Valle’s lawyer said he was never a threat, and that emails to an unidentified co-conspirator “discussing plans to kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook, and eat body parts of a number of women” were just pure fantasy. We’ll see how the jury swallows that one.
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