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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Michael Vanhise
A retired Manhattan school librarian muttered "she deserves to die" during surveillance of a target in a ghoulish plot to kidnap, rape and kill women, prosecutors said Thursday as a trial that grew from the case of a police officer accused of plotting cannibalism got underway.
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of two men charged with conspiring to rape, torture and murder women and children as a judge said he was inclined to let jurors hear testimony about an "extremely disturbing" video found in a former Manhattan school librarian's apartment and a conversation with an undercover investigator in which he expresses sexual interest in infants.
Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of a New Jersey man and a former Manhattan school librarian charged with conspiring to rape, torture and murder women and children, a case that grew from the prosecution of a New York police officer on cannibalism charges.
Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey man must testify at his trial if he intends to claim he tried to warn authorities that a co-defendant wanted to kidnap and kill women, but his defense lawyer said Wednesday that his statements revealing he sought to help the FBI can rightly be shown to jurors.
Vanhise, the prosecutor said, offered pictures of his family to others on a sex fetish website as he suggested killing them.
Vanhise admitted that he sent co-conspirators the photographs and approximate home address of his sister-in-law and nieces.