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Cannibalism cop trial features some disturbing evidence
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Jurors appeared uncomfortable Monday as prosecutors showed a video of a screaming woman made to appear as if she were being cooked alive over an open flame and other disturbing images from websites devoted to torturing and eating women - evidence prosecutors say proves a New York City police officer was involved in a cannibalism plot.
The prosecution wrapped up its case against the NYPD cop by outlining a host of different internet sites they say he searched and displayed at least one disturbing video.
At no more than 30 seconds in length, a video depicting a woman with her arms chained above her head, naked and screaming as a part of her body is burned was by far the most disturbing image, pulled from Gill Valle's laptop computer.
But FBI computer forensic examiner Stephen Flately revealed in testimony it was not the only image he extracted from the hard drives on two computers.
Gill Valle, an NYPD officer, is fighting charges of conspiracy to kidnap women and unauthorized use of a police data base.
His attorneys claim this was a fantasy fueled fetish and that Valle was not going to act out the kidnapping, murder and cooking of women.
The forensics expert methodically detailed his findings including top searches on "how to cook someone" and "how to abduct a girl."
More disturbing though were top searches for "recipes, human flesh" ; "human meat recipes"; "how to cook a human alive" and "eat her for dinner" .
"All of those things constitute what we call overt acts for the furtherance of the conspiracy. So the act itself doesn't have to be unlawful," said Bennett Capers, a professor of law.
There were gruesome pictures of women in bondage and being raped that prosecutors entered into evidence.
The FBI expert also said he found "79 different folders with women's names on them." Each was filled with pictures.
He also testified that the "darkfetishnet.com" site had been visited more than 1,000 times.
"It displayed nude women. Some dead. One had her throat slit. One appeared to be strangled," Flately said.
The jury was seeing all of this as prosecutors close out their case.
Bennett Capers, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and professor at Brooklyn Law School is following the case.
"Where do we draw the line between fantasy and reality? Is he a danger to society or is he just in his own mind?" Capers said.
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