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Agent describes cannibal talk at trial

AP, NEW YORK

The trial of a New York police officer accused of conspiring to kill and eat women featured grisly testimony as an FBI agent described the Internet correspondence between the officer and a man in Britain who spoke as if he were mentoring the officer on the art of cannibalism.

Agent Corey Walsh read passage after passage on Tuesday from e-mails and text messages between Officer Gilberto Valle and a man the government said used MeatMarketMan as an e-mail address.

“I’m dying to taste some girl meat,” the agent said Valle wrote.

Some of the passages described cooking and eating women. Others sounded so absurd they bordered on cartoonish, feeding the defense argument that Valle and friends he met on extreme sexual fetish Web sites were merely engaging in fantasies.

The 28-year-old Valle has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to kidnap and improper use of a federal database system that could bring him a life sentence. The government called several women who were the subjects of some of the Internet correspondence to testify how they knew him.

Kimberly Sauer had nothing bad to say about her former college classmate and told defense attorney Julia Gatto that she never felt threatened by him.

Sauer learned of the case only after she received a disturbing Facebook message from Valle’s wife last year that sounded so crazy that she texted him to warn that the account must have been hacked. Either that “or you’re trying to sell me into white slavery,” she recalled joking.

Walsh said Sauer was a central subject for Valle. In one correspondence with MeatMarketMan, Valle suggests a woman named Kimberly — prosecutors said Sauer — would be easy prey because she lived alone.

“I can knock her out, wait until dark and kidnap her right out of her house,” he wrote, according to prosecutors.

The agent said that MeatMarketMan suggested eating their victim alive, but Valle responded: “I’m not really into raw meat.”

The agent said Valle’s computer had a file titled “Abducting and Cooking Kimberly: A Blueprint,” which included a photograph of Sauer.

Walsh testified that the federal probe began after Valle’s wife, Kathleen Mangan-Valle, in September last year gave the FBI a computer Valle had used.

Walsh described communications between Valle and his co-defendant, Michael Vanhise, of New Jersey. He said the two negotiated the price to be paid for a Manhattan teacher to be taken to New Jersey in a suitcase for Vanhise to rape and kill.

Vanhise has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers also say he engaged only in Internet fantasy chats.

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