Cop breaks down
NEW YORK — The New York City cop on trial for plotting to kidnap, cook and eat women shed tears yesterday as his attorneys rested their case after one day.
“Just knowing that we’ve finally come to the conclusion (of the trial) and that his fate is in the jury’s hands” made Officer Gilberto Valle emotional, attorney Robert Baum said after court ended.
“That’s a huge weight for someone to bear,” Baum said.
Closing arguments were scheduled for early tomorrow.
Since the trial’s start last week, jurors have heard excerpts read aloud from dozens of Internet chats and emails in which Valle talked with others about murdering and eating women. Those women included his estranged wife, Kathleen Mangan-Valle.
Out of two dozen plots involving women, at least three were real, prosecutors contended.
Defence lawyers said their client’s cyber-plots were “pure fiction”, no more dangerous than a Stephen King novel or a horror movie.
They concluded the defence case without calling Valle to the witness stand or noted forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz, who interviewed the cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Yesterday, defence attorneys showed jurors a video tour of DarkFetishNet.com, the website where prosecutors say Valle’s kidnap plots were first hatched.
Jurors saw graphic pictures of mutilation, hanging corpses and profile pages for members with names like Vicious Vixen.
Banner ads were displayed throughout the site for various torture erotica websites that featured pictures of bound women and men beside lines such as “Their pain. Your Gain,” and “Dead Girls Are Easy.”
Jurors received a brief dose of comic relief from a videotaped deposition of the creator of DarkFetishNet.com, who repeatedly compared his violent, sexual, fantasy role-play website to Facebook.
“It’s a social media network very similar to Facebook,” Sergay Merenkov, 34, said in describing how the site works.
“It does everything that Facebook does,” he said during the deposition, which was taken recently in Moscow. (Reuters)