If New York state prosecutors get their way, jury members in the trial of NYPD officer Gilberto Valle will learn about the illicit conversations he had online.
Court papers show that Valle was communicating with someone operating under the alias The Moody Blues who told him that human flesh “isn’t quite like pork, but very meaty anyway.” He also talked to Valle about a prior experience eating a “black woman and a white child.” Manhattan federal court records reveal that Valle responded with one word - “Excellent.”
The messages were introduced by prosecutors in an attempt to prevent Valle’s defense team from having the online communications between The Moody Blues and Valle deemed inadmissible as evidence. In their protest against the inclusion of the conversation, Valle’s lawyers wrote: “Mr. Valle never engages in the conversation on this subject with Moody Blues other than to usher the conversation away from the matter and into sexual fantasies about which Mr. Valle finds arousing -- all of which have to do with adults.”
The 28-year-old Valle is charged with plotting to kidnap, torture, cook and eat at least 100 women. Much of the scheming Valle is alleged to have done occurred online. He is also accused of using the police database to help target potential victims.
Prosecutors argue that, among other reasons, the online conversations are important because Valle was a police officer “charged with knowing, and enforcing, the law” and that, by interacting with The Moody Blues, he was “voluntarily communicating with an individual who claimed to have murdered and eaten a child.”
Valle has pleaded not guilty to all charges.