Gilberto “Cannibal Cop” Valle, the former NYPD officer who was once convicted of planning to cook and eat his wife, says dozens of women have reached out to him in the two years since he was released from prison.
Valle told the New York Post the women contact him on social media. “They would say things like, ‘I’m really happy you prevailed’ and ‘Hope you’re doing well,’ ” he said. “Many reached out because they are interested in my case. I started chatting more with a few of them and eventually asked some on dates.”
One of those dates happened last month. Valle took the woman—identified as a “twentysomething Brooklyn gal”—to the top of the Empire State Building and for a nice Chinese dinner near Wall Street. The Post notes that he “had the Grand Marnier shrimp and she ordered the eggplant.”
“We definitely hit it off,” Valle said. “Everything is already out there for people to see, so I have no problem answering questions honestly. I like meeting women who already know everything about me, so I don’t have to suddenly drop this bomb on them.”
The bomb, of course, is Valle’s 2013 conviction for planning to kill and eat dozens of women. The conviction was later overturned when a judge ruled that the plans were little more than “fantasy role-play,” but by then the lurid details of Valle’s case had become a mainstay in New York tabloids.
“I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus …cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible,” he wrote in one instant message to a fellow cannibal fetishist.
But everyone deserves a second shot and a chance at love, so good for Valle for getting back out there. It’s also encouraging to learn that Match.com–where Valle reportedly shared his profile in 2015, saying he was looking for someone “a little kinky ;)”–works for even those accused of cannibalism.