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It’s a ghoulish tale to rival Hannibal Lecter: A police officer using a law enforcement database creates a list of scores of women he plots to abduct, kill and — in ways he describes in sickening detail — eat.

The federal charges against Gilberto Valle are real. But was his alleged appetite for cannibalism more than fantasy?

Federal prosecutors told a judge on Thursday that even though no one was harmed, the answer is definitely yes.

With one potential victim, Valle “took active and affirmative steps” that brought him to the brink of “kidnapping a woman, cooking her and actually eating her,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Hadassa Waxman said in arguing successfully to deny the officer bail.

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