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'Cannibal Cop Gilberto Valle's British Mentor'
A New York policeman accused of conspiring to kill and eat women was mentored on the art of cannibalism by a British man, a court has heard.
The trial of Gilberto Valle was told of a stream of internet correspondence between the officer and a Briton who used MeatMarketMan as an email address.
FBI agent Corey Walsh read passage after passage from emails and text messages the pair exchanged.
Some of the passages described cooking and eating women, while others were so absurd they bordered on cartoonish.
Defence lawyers say the more outlandish examples support their argument that Valle and friends he met on extreme sexual fetish websites were merely engaging in fantasies.
The 28-year-old has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and improper use of a federal database system. If convicted, he could face a life sentence.
Prosecutors called several women who were the subjects of some of the internet correspondence to testify about how they knew him.
One of the women, Kimberly Sauer, had nothing bad to say about her former college classmate and told defence lawyer Julia Gatto she never felt threatened by him.
In one correspondence with MeatMarketMan, Valle suggests a woman named Kimberly - who prosecutors say is Ms Sauer - would be easy prey because she lived alone.
"I can knock her out, wait until dark and kidnap her right out of her house," he wrote, according to prosecutors.
The agent said MeatMarketMan suggested eating his victim alive, but Valle responded: "I'm not really into raw meat."
Mr Walsh added that Valle's computer had a file titled "Abducting and Cooking Kimberly: A Blueprint" which included a photo of Ms Sauer.
He also told the court that the federal investigation began in September after Valle's wife, Kathleen Mangan, gave the FBI a computer Valle had used.
And the agent described communications between Valle and co-defendant Michael Vanhise, who also denies the charges.
Mr Walsh said the two negotiated the price to be paid for a Manhattan teacher to be taken to New Jersey in a suitcase for Vanhise to rape and kill.