The New York City “cannibal cop”—who was arrested in 2012 over online messages in which he talked about killing and eating women, including his wife—told Inside Edition on Wednesday that he still visits cannibal fantasy websites.
“[T]here’s nothing illegal, there’s nothing wrong with that,” said former cop Gilberto Valle, whose conviction for the messages was later overturned. “What I do at home is my business.”
“It’s not a crime to fantasize about people you know,” he added in the interview. “It’s not a crime to fantasize about committing crimes against people you know. It’s action. There were no actions taken, period.”
Valle’s ex-wife discovered the messages after installing spyware on his computer, suspecting he was having an affair, he wrote in an upcoming book about his case called Raw Deal: The Untold Story Of NYPD's "Cannibal Cop.”
“This, of course, led to her finding the kind of pornography I was really looking at, and eventually all the chats that went along with the secret fantasy life I was living,” he wrote in the book.
When he was arrested for the messages, the NYPD fired him and his wife filed for divorce, taking custody of their young daughter. He told Inside Edition that he hasn’t seen his daughter in 5 years.
Valle never acted on his cannibal fantasies, and his book describes his case as wrongful imprisonment for “thought crimes.”
“No one can just snap their fingers and it goes away,” he told Inside Edition. “I would never hurt anyone, ever. If there is a treatment, if someone can snap a finger or say a magic word but no one can choose what they are into.”