This disturbing story turns the term "maneater" on its head in a very literal way: A NYPD cop has been charged in a plot to kidnap, cook, and eat women, Tom Hays of the Associated Press reports. Here's what you need to know.
The accused: The cop in question is 28-year-old Gilberto Valle of the 26th Precinct in Harlem and Forest Hills, Queens.
The charges: According to a press release, Valle is charged with "one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping" and "one count of intentionally and knowingly accessing a computer without authorization and exceeding his authorized access and thereby obtaining information from a department and agency of the United States"
The criminal complaint: The criminal complaint is available on Scribd, and has some pretty gruesome details. In searching a home computer the FBI found that Valle had files on at least 100 other women with photos of each. The computer also revealed that Valle had stored personal information. Ten of the women were contacted by the FBI and said they knew Valle. In a particularly disturbing turn, though isn't it all, the complaint reveals that he had online conversations with a collaborator about his specific methods of cooking, writing about how his oven "is big enough to fit one of these girls if I folded their legs." And: "I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus...cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible." And: "She does look tasty doesn't she?"