Cannibal Cop Goes Free After Judge’s Insane Ruling (VIDEO)

In 2013, New York police officer Gilberto Valle was convicted by a jury on charges of conspiracy to kidnap along with a second count of improperly accessing a computer in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Those charges came about after Valle’s wife discovered a collection of terrifying documents and messages on his computer, which outlined various plans to kidnap,torture, cook and cannibalize more than 100 women, including herself.

Valle used federal and state law enforcement databases to locate potential victims and obtain information about them.

In a document found on Valle’s computer, titled “Abducting and Cooking [Victim-1]: a Blueprint,” Valle recorded the name, date of birth, height, weight, and bra size of one his targeted victims, all information which he obtained from police databases. The document also included a “Materials Needed” list, which specified chloroform and rope.

Another document contained a “plan of operation,” detailing how he planned to abduct, drug and disable another victim, before cooking her.

In another document, Valle wrote of his plans to tie one “tasty” woman “onto some kind of apparatus…cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.”

Conversations between Valle and a co-conspirator, identified as Dale Bollinger, show that Valle offered to abduct one woman and turn her over to be raped, for a sum of $5,000.

“$5,000 and she is all yours,” he wrote. “I’m putting my neck on the line here. If something goes wrong somehow, I am in deep shit.”

Valle went on to say, “I think I would rather not get involved in the rape. You paid for her. She is all yours and I don’t want to be tempted the next time I abduct a girl.”

According to court documents:

During the earliest communication in evidence between Valle and Bollinger, Valle sought Bollinger’s assistance kidnapping and cannibalizing women, noting Bollinger’s claimed experience, and shared pictures with Bollinger of potential victims.

Bollinger accepted Valle’s offer, stating that, although he lived in England, it would be easy for him to travel to Valle and help him. The two focused on Kimberly Sauer as their preferred target.  Valle told Bollinger that she would be ‘the easiest’ to abduct.  He explained that, because he knew her personally, he could ‘just show up at her home unannounced’ without ‘alert[ing] her’ in order to ‘knock her out . . . and kidnap her.’  Valle suggested a ‘Labor Day cookout,’ with Sauer ‘as 10 the main course.’ Bollinger replied that he was “looking forward to it,’ and would search for affordable plane tickets.

Valle contacted the woman, and arranged a trip to meet her. He later texted her and told her he had driven by her place of employment. He created a document called “Abducting and Eating Kimberly,” and began conducting internet research on how to kidnap, abduct, chloroform, hogtie and knock out a person. During this time, he and Bollinger continued to communicate and formulate a joint plan to murder and cannibalize the woman.

In spite of the overwhelming amount of evidence that Valle was guilty of both the conspiracy charge and the computer fraud charges, a judge overturned the jury’s verdict in May, allowing the cannibal cop to go free.

Prosecutors appealed the judge’s decision, and the case made its way to the US Court of Appeals. On December 3, a three judge panel upheld the judge’s ruling, overturning the jury’s guilty verdict and setting the cannibal cop loose.

In a dissenting opinion, Judge Straub blasted the remaining two judges on the panel, saying that the jury was presented with an overwhelming amount of evidence during the trial which support the original verdict.

Additionally, the judge wrote that the majority of judges on the panel showed a “blatant disregard” for the role of the court and judicial precedent, in order to reach the decision.

“In reaching its conclusion, the majority pays lip service to the standard we apply in evaluating the sufficiency of the evidence, but then usurps the jury’s role by weighing competing inferences and explanations of the evidence rather than viewing it in the government’s favor.  Such an undertaking is plainly inappropriate in this context.

Perhaps most tellingly, the majority imprudently structures its analysis to support its predetermined outcome by viewing the evidence “in its parts,” rather than considering “the government’s case in its totality.”

In his blistering dissent, Straub cites a massive amount of evidence which was presented during the trial, most of which centers on the plot to abduct Kimberly Strauss.

Two of the three judge on the panel also agreed that the lower courts were correct in tossing out the computer fraud charges. That ruling was handed down in spite of the fact that the law specifically makes it a crime to access a government database without authorization or to obtain information that exceeds the authorization limit.

Although Valle admitted in court that he conducted searches of the police database without a legitimate law enforcement purpose, two of the judges also ruled that the jury was wrong to convict him on that charge. The majority opinion states that because he was authorized to access the government database, his unlawful searches were not a crime. Straub also dissented from this ruling.

The implications of the judge’s ruling on the computer fraud charges are terrifying. By this standard, any cop can access the police database for any purpose, however illegitimate, up to and including finding out where you live for the sole purpose of stalking and cannibalizing you. Worse, a law enforcement officer can share your information with others outside of the police force, including people they meet on the internet, even people who offer them cash in exchange for abducting you, so that you can be raped, tortured and eaten.

Last year, Dale Bollinger, the man that conspired with Valle, was sentenced to 11 years in prison after he attempted to meet with a 14-year-old girl, whom he was planning to behead and eat.

This week the courts confirmed that a police officer can indeed share your photo, identifying information, even your telephone number and address with rapists, murderers and cannibals, without consequence.

This video, from 2012, explains more about the case.