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MANHATTAN (CN) - NYPD officer Gilberto Valle told his arresting officer that chatting online about cannibalizing women had overtaken his life and that "he did not enjoy it and didn't know why he was doing it," an FBI agent testified Friday.
Special Agent Anthony Foto told jurors that, after he cuffed Valle, he placed his hand on the man's shoulder and told him everything would be OK.
Valle responded, "I don't think so," Foto said from the stand Friday.
Indeed, the central issue of the trial to date is trying to distinguish whether all Valle's gruesomely detailed chats and plots to kidnap and eat women were just an extreme fantasy, as he contends, or if certain chats represented real plots to abduct, kill and cannibalize women. Investigators claim that Valle engaged in real chats with three individuals: Dale Bollinger, who wrote under the pseudonyms Christopher Collins and Moody Blues; an as-yet-unidentified man who called himself Aly Khan; and a New Jersey man named Michael Vanhise.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by crankyoldman
I can see and agree with your points in other cases these days where authority is using the Internet as the ultimate Gotcha tool against citizens speaking in what they think is some discretion if not actual privacy.
In this specific case though, I have to disagree. He is mounting a serious defense at this point and what else can he do? However, his own statements at the time of his arrest show he was in a real bad spot for losing or already having lost control. I think the fact he was aware of it and still unable to stop himself speaks further to what good the methods that got him here can do.
There is that very real line between application and abuse though and I hope it's a line that is always respected . . . or more likely, simply caught quickly when crossed.
Lives may have been saved in this case though ..... and his online playmates really bother me. The end of the story mentions photos of actual mutilated bodies recovered from his computer. Medical School porn or evidence of actual heinous crime? That is what the legal system is for, right?
Originally posted by crankyoldman
This is the first public test case of thought crime. He has committed NO crime except bad taste