Ex-NYPD 'Cannibal Cop' releases 'extremely graphic' novel that may hint at something terrifying

In 2012, Valle was arrested after his wife at that time found posts on their shared computer that disturbingly spoke about an urge to kill and consume young women.

                            Ex-NYPD 'Cannibal Cop' releases 'extremely graphic' novel that may hint at something terrifying

Gilberto Valle for the better part of this decade has been dubbed the "Cannibal Cop." Has he really eaten anyone to deserve the title? The answer to that is a simple NO. The only way Valle is related to cannibalism is through his new book, A Gathering of Evil.

Valle, who was a police officer with the NYPD, spent two years in prison on charges that he was plotting to kidnap, slaughter, and eat young women.

The conviction for the charges was thrown out when a federal judge decided it was all fantasy. He has now published an "extremely violent" horror novel that he hopes will help him make a living as an author. 

Thirty three-year-old Valle told the New York Daily News on January 8: "Even though I've been completely exonerated, all this stuff about 'Cannibal Cop' is still there. Writing the book comes down to me trying to find a way to make a living."

Gilberto Valle is otherwise known as the "Cannibal Cop" (Pinterest)

In 2012, Valle was arrested after his wife at that time found posts on their shared computer that disturbingly spoke about an urge to kill and consume young women.

The book was released in early January (Comet Press)

The arrest and divorce that followed turned into a media frenzy but Valle always maintained his innocence. Eventually, he was vindicated after he managed to successfully argue that the curiosity for cannibalism was just a deviant, but fictional, sexual fantasy.

Valle's book released early in January 2018. The book delves into his fascination with killing and eating women using a group of sadists, who kidnap two young women from New York, as his proxy.

The website, Crimefeed, gave the book a positive review and said that Valle is "quite a good writer" and is "flying his freak flag proudly" in the book. The author himself has said that his book is "very graphic" and "not for everyone" and the work is complete fantasy.

"It’s a sexual fetish," he explained. "It’s something that I didn’t choose, and it’s something that I live with and that I’m fine with."

Valle with his mother at his graduation ceremony (NY Daily News)

Valle said he got the idea to write the novel after he received positive feedback on social media for his memoir, Raw Deal: The Untold Story of NYPD’s ‘Cannibal Cop'.

"I realized I have an ability to tell a story,” he said. “And something coming from me obviously couldn’t be a romantic comedy or something, considering my history."

Valle spent 2 years in jail on charges od plotting to kidnap, kill and eat young women (NY Daily News)

Valle has been working at a friend's construction company since he got the pink slip from the NYPD but he said that he would "give anything" to live like how he used to before the Cannibal Cop incident.

"I loved being a cop and I was good at it," he said. "Unfortunately that’s not going to happen, so I have to figure out a way to make a living. If this book does decent, there will definitely be a sequel."

Valle had spent 21 months in jail following his 2012 arrest before a federal judge threw out the conviction of plotting to kidnap, kill, and eat young women. 

On July 1, 2014, Valle walked out of Manhattan Federal Court with his family by his side and was met with an army of media to record what was his first ever public statements since his arrest. 

Valle walked out of a federal court as a free man after a federal judge overthrew the verdict (NY Daily News)

The then 30-year-old said: "I want to take the opportunity to apologize to everyone who's been hurt, shocked and offended by my infantile actions."

The man thanked his lawyers, his family and even the staff and other inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he was locked up for 2 years. Speaking of his former cellmates, Valle said, "I'll never forget them and love them."

He was arrested after his wife told police that she found disturbing posts on their shared computer (NY Daily News)

Valle was released on a $100,000 bond and was ordered to stay at his mother's place in Queens under house arrest. He was also ordered to stay off computers and away from his alleged victims. Prosecutors requested that Valle be kept under detention, electronic monitoring, and mental health treatment.

"I'm tired. I just want to go home and spend some time with my family," he said.

Valle's mother was very happy that her son would be spending more time with her and she even planned what she would make for him to welcome him home: Pastellas (Spanish meat pies wrapped in banana).

"This is like a dream. My prayers were answered," the joyful mom said. "I'm rejoicing!"

Valle's mother was ecstatic that he was coming home (NY Daily News)

Julia Gatto, the defense lawyer, said that Valle will now have to "pick up the pieces of his life — 21 months in jail is a long time. He's lost a lot," after he was fired from the NYPD.

The jury found that the man was not fantasizing in the Internet chats that discussed his plans to kill and cook his wife among other alleged victims.

However, the federal judge ruled that the prosecution did not have any hard evidence.

In a 118-page written opinion of the case, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Paul Gardephe said: "The evidentiary record is such that it is more likely than not the case that all of Valle's Internet communications about the kidnapping are fantasy role-play. No real-world, non-Internet based steps were ever taken to kidnap anyone."

Valle was demonized by the media and by the public on social media (NY Daily News)

Gatto said: "The judge's well-reasoned decision validates what we have said since the beginning: There was no crime. Gil Valle is innocent of any conspiracy. Gil is guilty of nothing more than having unconventional thoughts. But we don't convict people, take away their liberty and imprison them for their thoughts."


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