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Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop (2015)

TV-MA | | Documentary | 20 April 2015 (USA)
Dubbed "The Cannibal Cop," Gilberto Valle was convicted in March 2013 of conspiring to kidnap and eat young women. Valle argued it was all a fantasy; the prosecution's narrative convinced ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Gary Allen Gary Allen ... Himself
Violet Blue ... Herself
James A. Cohen James A. Cohen ... Himself (as James Cohen)
Joseph DeMarco Joseph DeMarco ... Himself
Alan M. Dershowitz ... Himself
Daniel Engber Daniel Engber ... Himself
David Greenfield David Greenfield ... Himself
Dareh Gregorian Dareh Gregorian ... Himself
Robert Kolker Robert Kolker ... Himself
Chris Kraft Chris Kraft ... Himself
Erin Murphy Erin Murphy ... Herself
Laurie Penny Laurie Penny ... Herself
Christina Rodriguez Christina Rodriguez ... Kathleen Mangan-Valle (voice)
Jane Rosenberg Jane Rosenberg ... Herself
Lee Rowland Lee Rowland ... Himself


Dubbed "The Cannibal Cop," Gilberto Valle was convicted in March 2013 of conspiring to kidnap and eat young women. Valle argued it was all a fantasy; the prosecution's narrative convinced jurors otherwise. Valle was facing a possible life sentence when filmmaker Erin Lee Carr began visiting him in prison. After 22 months behind bars, his conviction was overturned in a stunning reversal. The film was there for his release and subsequent house arrest to examine a life arrested. But the question remains: given the chance, would he, could he, have done it? "Thought Crimes" unravels the conflicting stories of a potentially dangerous young man and the unexpected consequences of our online activity. Written by Erin Lee Carr

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Crímenes del pensamiento: el caso del policía caníbal See more »

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In a home movie clip featured early in the documentary, Valle as a baby is shown sitting in a swing, as his mother offers him a toy to kiss. The toy is a Glo Worm that was a very popular Playskool brand plush toy in the 1980's in the United States. When its body is squeezed, its head lights up. See more »


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Don't Go Messing Around On The Internet
17 May 2015 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

In October 2012 a NYC policeman called Gilberto Valle was arrested and charged with planning to abduct to kidnap , murder and eat young women . Later convicted the verdict was later overturned and this documentary called THOUGHT CRIMES tells the bizarre Valle story and asks when should discussing something on the internet be treated as a planned crime in the real world

An interesting documentary from Erin Lee Carr but perhaps not as interesting as it could have been . You see the point it's bringing to our attention - when does the internet world enter the real world ? The problem is we now live in the internet age and you can't blame the state for thinking what someone writes in a forum is what they're planning to do in real life . Let's be honest here - there's no such thing as privacy on the internet . You open an account on Facebook you're inviting potentially hundreds of millions of people to spy on you . You've had a terrible time with airport security and mention on a Twitter account that you hope someone bombs the airport you can't really complain if you get a visit from the police . An let's not forget the excuses from TO CATCH A PREDATOR and the British equivilents by Stinson Hunter and Letzgo Hunting where potential predators whine they were in an 18 plus chat room and they didn't believe someone claiming to be under the age was consent was an actual schoolgirl

This is the problem with THOUGHT CRIMES Valle can claim he wasn't going to abduct and murder women he knew but the thing is he did break several codes of conduct . One very important thing Laurie Penny points out is that he accessed a police computer database to get information on women he knew . It's strange that an American documentary feels the need to ask a Brit like Penny for her worthless opinion but she is right in what she's saying and when I'm agreeing her that might tell you something . THOUGHT CRIMES does open a can of worms of sorts but it constantly reminded of what one of the blokes caught on TO CATCH A PREDATOR said "Don't go messing around on the internet because it might really get you in to trouble" . Never a truer word spoken

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