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Thursday, Dec 3, 2015

Fantasizing About Violence Is Not a Crime: Appeals Court

Fantasizing About Violence Is Not a Crime: Appeals Court

A former NYPD officer committed no crime when he fantasized online about committing horrific acts of sexual violence against his wife and others, including bizarre exchanges about kidnapping and eating women, a...

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014

"Cannibal Cop" Cohort Case Goes to Federal Jury

"Cannibal Cop" Cohort Case Goes to Federal Jury

A federal jury in New York City is deliberating in the trial of two men charged with scheming to abduct, rape and kill women and girls.

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014

Rape-Murder Plot Trial Begins for Alleged "Cannibal Cop" Cohorts

Rape-Murder Plot Trial Begins for Alleged "Cannibal Cop" Cohorts

Opening statements are set to begin in the trial of a New Jersey mechanic and a former Manhattan school librarian charged with conspiring to rape, torture and murder women and children.

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013

Feds Name NJ Man in NY Kidnap-Murder Indictment

Feds Name NJ Man in NY Kidnap-Murder Indictment

An indictment returned by a federal grand jury Wednesday named a New Jersey man previously charged in a cannibalism scheme and two men accused in a kidnap-rape plot, though the document in federal court...

Friday, Mar 8, 2013

Jury Weighs Fate of Cop Accused in Cannibal Plot

Jury Weighs Fate of Cop Accused in Cannibal Plot

The fate of a suspended NYPD officer accused of plotting to kill and cannibalize women he knew is in the hands of jurors after his defense lawyer told them in closing arguments that his elaborate plans...

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013

Fact and Fantasy Collide in Cannibalism Trial

Fact and Fantasy Collide in Cannibalism Trial

A teenager posts a Twitter message saying he's going to blow up a school. A husband grumbles that he's looking for a hit man to kill his wife. A wannabe jihadist says in an Internet chat room that he is ready to...

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013

Defense Rests at Cop's Cannibal Plot Trial

Defense Rests at Cop's Cannibal Plot Trial

A Russian man who operates a fetish website where prosecutors say an NYPD officer met others interested in killing and cooking women said sexual asphyxiation, sex with dead bodies and cannibalism are popular...

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013

FBI: Alleged Cannibal Cop Was "Dying to Taste Girl Meat"

FBI: Alleged Cannibal Cop Was "Dying to Taste Girl Meat"

Cheerful written exchanges between a police officer and women from his past appeared in a sinister new light when an FBI agent described at the officer's criminal trial how he talked online about killing...

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013

Alleged Targets Testify at "Cannibal Cop" Trial

Alleged Targets Testify at "Cannibal Cop" Trial

Jurors at the trial of a New York police officer accused of plotting to kill and eat women have been introduced to another alleged target.

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013

Wife of Accused "Cannibal Cop" Testifies About Finding Porn

Wife of Accused "Cannibal Cop" Testifies About Finding Porn

The estranged wife of an NYPD officer testified Monday that she was shocked to find he had visited a website featuring a photo of a dead woman and other gruesome images — a discovery that led to a federal...

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