Second arrest in NY copper cannibalism case
A lawyer claims that the arrest of a man accused of trying to pay a police officer to kidnap a Manhattan woman was done to prevent him from testifying about Internet sexual fantasies at the officer’s cannibalism-tinged trial.
Authorities say the man, Michael Vanhise, agreed to pay Officer Gilberto Valle $5,000 to kidnap the woman in New York and deliver her bound to Vanhise’s home in New Jersey, where she would be raped and killed.
Attorney Julia Gatto spoke Friday after Vanhise, 22, of Trenton, appeared briefly in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, where he was ordered held pending a bail hearing Monday on a conspiracy to commit kidnapping charge…
Gatto said Vanhise “would have exonerated our client” with testimony about his own participation in a world of Internet sexual fantasies where people could speak of unspeakable acts they would never commit. She said the arrest Friday appeared to be a tactical move by authorities to prevent testimony by Vanhise or others about Internet fantasies…
The lawyer said the government appeared to be pressuring potential defense witnesses not to take the witness stand by saying in court documents filed against Vanhise that there were other co-conspirators who had not been charged in the case…
Vanhise’s lawyer, Alice Fontier, said her client, an auto mechanic who seemed to wipe tears from his eyes during his court hearing, was “very upset,” especially because he wanted to be home after his wife gave birth to a daughter last month, one of several young children the couple has.
She said he had been in contact with the FBI since late October and there had “certainly been ongoing meetings.”
“He has not stopped cooperating,” she said, though she added: “Obviously, the relationship has changed since he was arrested.”
In court papers filed Monday, defense lawyers wrote that Valle was accused…of conspiring with others he met on a website devoted to the exploration of deviant sexual fantasies…discussed, among other things, their violent sexual fantasies of abducting, raping, murdering and cannibalizing women,” they wrote…though he never intended for any acts to be committed in the “real world.”
Um, OK. I have to wonder how well these looneys differentiated between the real world and their fantasy world. It’s not a long trip from spending your idle time planning horrendous crimes – and committing them.
Here’s a link to my post on Valle’s arrest.