‘Cannibal cop’ cries during wife’s testimony

gilberto valle
Opening arguments began today in the trial of ‘cannibal cop’ Gilberto Valle, including testimony from his wife. (Facebook)

Opening arguments were held today in the case of ‘cannibal cop’ Gilberto Valle, accused of plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women. Valle’s wife also gave testimony, in which she described discovering his fetish.

As expected, the defense argued that the charges are spurious, as Valle was simply fantasizing, and never intended to act on his fantasies, NBC New York reported.

“You can’t convict people for their thoughts, even if they’re sick,” defense attorney Julia Gatto reportedly said.

But prosecutors said Valle’s plans were targeting “very real women.”

Valle’s wife Kathleen Mangan gave an emotionally charged testimony today, sobbing uncontrollably when prosecutors displayed a photo of Valle with their baby girl, Josephine, according to reports from the NY Post.

Mangan said that Valle was initially “nice” and “he opened doors and pulled out chairs,” but changed when she became pregnant. When the baby was born less than a year ago, Valle emotionally checked out.

“It’s like he was gone,” she said.

Valle cried during his wife’s testimony, according to the NY Post.

Mangan told the FBI about Valle’s strange behavior when she started asking questions about where she liked to job, what the lighting was like, and whether other people were around, NBC New York reported.

Investigators had uncovered a file on Valle’s computer containing the names and pictures of at least 100 women, and the addresses and physical descriptions of some of them. He was also accused of spying on them at work and at their homes, and negotiating a price to kidnap a woman, insisting on no less than $5,000 to deliver a woman bound, gagged and alive.

Valle was repeatedly denied bail, as was his co-conspirator Michael van Hise, who is awaiting trial.

The charges against Valle carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

City Council to vote on bill banning anonymous…

One of the two bills would make it so any type of communication paid for or okayed by a campaign disclose that they are involved in any way.

National

At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

By Piya Sinha-RoyLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marvel Entertainment's chief emeritus Stan Lee may be in his ninth decade, but it hasn't stopped him from adding…

National

Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

Islamic State insurgents released a video purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

Local

VIDEO: NYPD seeks shooter in East New York…

Cops are on the lookout for an unknown shooter who aimed and missed hitting a man on a bicycle, instead nearly striking a nearby officer in East New York.

Movies

Review: 'To Be Takei' has George Takei's charm…

Actor, activist and Internet star George Takei gets a life-spanning documentary in "To Be Takei," which captures his charm and passion.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, Aug. 20: 'Extant,' 'Legends'…

See a two hour block of Halle Berry's scifi show, "Extant."

The Word

The Word: Mischa Barton in trouble, not that…

  People are really, really worried about Mischa Barton. Again. The former "O.C." star is reportedly in deep financial trouble and can't seem to get…

Movies

Review: 'The One I Love' has a top…

Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass play a frayed couple who happen on something mysterious in "The One I Love," which we can't spoil.

NFL

Jace Amaro continues to deal with issue dropping…

Jets second-round pick Jace Amaro has been plagued by drops since minicamp in June.

MLB

Shane Greene travels unlikely road to Yankees stardom

Shane Greene was throwing a bullpen session on a quiet field at Daytona Beach Community College one day when the ball started moving.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL tight ends (TE)

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

Parenting

Fun family activity: Off-Broadway show for pre-teens

"The Love Note" is an off-Broadway musical your pre-teen won't roll his or her eyes at.

Parenting

Barnes & Noble partners with Samsung to release…

Barnes & Noble releases the first full android tablet optimized for reading.

Style

11 timeless gifts for registries or just because

Gifts to prove you're a style maven once and for all.

Food

The Chic Wife tells us how to use…

Kris Schoels, aka The Chic Wife, grew up on a farm with peach trees. August is National Peach Month, but Kris Schoels doesn’t need a reason…