Wife of NYC police officer accused in cannibal-plot case takes witness stand

2/25/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK  — The estranged wife of a police officer accused of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat women has told a New York City jury that she went to the FBI after finding disturbing material on his computer.

Kathleen Mangan wept while on the stand Monday. She is the first government witness at the federal kidnapping conspiracy trial of Officer Gilberto Valle.

Prosecutors have accused the 28-year-old Valle of plotting to abduct, torture and eat dozens of women, including his wife. He claims he was only indulging in a fantasy shared online by thousands of others visitors to Internet fetish sites.

Valle wiped his brow and put his head in his hands as he listened to his wife' testimony.