The feds arrested Michael Vanhise, 23, at his Hamilton, N.J. home Friday and charged him with conspiracy to commit kidnapping along with “cannibal cop” Gilberto Valle.
Valle, a former police officer with the NYPD, was charged on Oct. 25, 2012 with plotting to kidnap, rape, torture, cook, kill, and eat as many as 100 women.
According to the prosecutors in the case against Vanhise, he conspired and agreed to pay Valle $5,000 to kidnap a N.Y. woman and deliver that women to Valle to be raped and murdered.
Valle had the names, addresses and photographs of his alleged intended female victims cataloged on his home computer.
In a series of emails between Vanhise and Valle offered in evidence, “… Vanhise tried to bargain down the price for the kidnapping to $4,000.
“ ‘Could we do 4?’ Vanhise asked Valle in an email last February, according to the complaint.
‘I am putting my neck on the line here… $5,000 and you need to make sure that she is not found,’ Valle responded. ‘She will definitely make news.’ “ ~ The Daily Mail
According to court documents, Vanhise was also accused of emailing photos and the home address of a girl from his neighborhood to two unnamed people in an effort to solicit his female neighbor’s kidnapping.
Valle’s lawyer, Julia Gatto, said that her client was simply engaging in “a world of Internet sexual fantasies where people could speak of unspeakable acts they would never commit,” according to ABC News.
Gatto went on to state that Vanhise’s arrest was a tactical move by the prosecution to prevent Vanhise from testifying about Internet fantasies.
“Mr. Vanhise is being used as a pawn by the government to bolster a very weak case,” Gatto said outside court.
The “cannibal cop” first came to the attention of authorities when Valle’s estranged wife reported discovering disturbing data on Valle’s computer, specifically a file entitled “Abducting and Cooking: A Blueprint,” which names and depicts photos of at least 100 women, along with the addresses and physical descriptions of some of those women.
See our original report here:
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