12:43 pm Oct. 25, 2012
The story of a 28-year-old cop arrested by federal officials for conspiracy to kidnap, cook and eat women is, to put it mildly, unique. It is also going to be treated as news all over the world, starting now, and continuing well after there's anything left to say about it.
Michael Paulson of the Times said it's a perfect story for Twitter, which, again, understates things somewhat. (No one has grabbed the Twitter name @CannibalCop last I checked, but it's a matter of time, right?)
The officer arrested, Gilberto Valle of Queens, was assigned to the 26th police precinct—a fairly low-crime area in Upper Manhattan near Columbia. NBC New York quotes from an F.B.I. complaint, saying Valle told an unnamed co-conspirator "I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus ... cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible."
What else is there to say?
UPDATE: Pulling the story into a broader debate about police tactics, the chairman of the City Council's public safety committee, Peter Vallone Jr., wrote on Twitter, "hope those who had a problem with PD using a confid informant to take down a terrorist still have problem when used on a cannibalistic cop?"