UK & World News
Nurse Guilty Of Plotting To Kill And Eat Girl
A nurse has been found guilty of planning to kill and eat a 14-year-old girl to satisfy his cannibalism fetish.
It took jurors at Canterbury Crown Court three hours of deliberation to convict Dale Bolinger of trying to meet the teenager after sexually grooming her and promising to behead and eat her.
The married father-of-three used a fetish website to discuss beheading and eating women and girls for sexual gratification, the trial heard.
He bought an axe from a DIY store in Broadstairs, Kent, the day before he planned to meet the schoolgirl, who had agreed to the plan.
Bolinger told the girl in one online chat: "The idea of us making love and then eating you is a VERY great turn on!
"I have been called a very generous lover and I would be very generous to you before I prepped you for the table."
However, the teenager, a Mexican girl called "Eva", said to be living in Germany, failed to show up at Ashford International Station as planned.
The plot was uncovered by an FBI team in New York which investigates webchat rooms discussing the rape, killing and cannibalism of women.
They discovered an email address was being used in Kent and passed the information on to Kent Police who arrested Bolinger.
The 58-year-old, who used a profile picture of supermodel Naomi Campbell on his profile, listed his interests as "cannibalism, mainly the hunting and preparation of young but sometimes not so young women".
Chat logs between Bolinger and users showed him discussing beheading a 14-year-old, eating children while their mothers watched, and cooking and eating a pregnant woman and her foetus, prosecutor Martin Yale told the trial.
Bolinger told police he thought "Eva" was a man in his 30s "surrounded by pizza boxes" and said he would never decapitate someone in reality.
Paul Jarvis, defending, told jurors: "We say that when you look at all the evidence, it's quite clear that Mr Bolinger is far more Walter Mitty than Hannibal Lecter.
"He is a fantasist and sometimes he goes too far and sometimes he stops, and sometimes - when the person encourages him - the fantasy continues."
However, chat logs showed Bolinger had bragged to others about his plan.
He told police he started having fantasies about cannibalism at about the age of six, adding: "By the time I got to 14, I turned into the villain of the piece and I wondered what it would be like to eat a girl."
Before the trial, Bolinger admitted other charges, including administering a poison or noxious substance after he put a cloth soaked in dry cleaning fluid over his friend Urlene King's mouth in July 2010.
He also pleaded guilty to one count of making indecent pseudo photographs of children, and seven counts of publishing an obscene article.
Judge Adele Williams asked for a psychiatric and a pre-sentence report to be prepared to "assess the level of risk the defendant poses to the public".
Sentencing was adjourned until September 19.