Massachusetts man plotted to kill and eat children, feds say
(CNN) — A Boston-area man, who was planning to kidnap children, lock them in a basement dungeon, rape and eat them, should be imprisoned for at least 27 years, federal authorities said in court documents filed this week.
Geoffrey Portway, 40, pleaded guilty in May to distribution and possession of child pornography and solicitation to commit a crime of violence, according to court documents.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 17.
“Portway has pled guilty to some of the most vile and heinous crimes known to our society,” federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing recommendation.
Portway went by the moniker “Fat Longpig” during his online chats, according to court documents.
It was these chats that put Portway on the radar screen of police.
His home in Worcester was searched last year and authorities found tens of thousands of computer images and videos of child pornography, 4,500 exchanges of child pornography between Portway and the people he chatted with online. The images included children being cooked and prepared to be eaten, court documents said. Those photographs are sealed.
Authorities also found a locked basement, court documents show. Photos taken the day of Portway’s arrest, and released by prosecutors, show a narrow wooden staircase leading downstairs to a soundproof room.
It was furnished with a metal cage with a circular hole for feeding, a rusted and worn steel-topped table, as well as multiple kinds of metal bondage equipment. A child-sized coffin made of plywood was found on the floor nearby.
Photographs reviewed by CNN show handcuffs, rope intended for bondage, mouth gags, and castration tools. A large box of frozen raw chicken, near a handful of disposable scalpels, was photographed by investigators near two industrial-sized freezers.
In the kitchen, a jug of bleach was seen by the doorway, while a red child-sized “onesie” lay on the countertop, amid snacks and disposable syringes. A butcher kit containing plastic gloves, multiple knives and other items was photographed in the sink.
Among a DVD collection, the documents show, were titles such as “Human Beast,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Real Cannibal Holocaust,” “The Genesis Children,” “Cannibal the Musical,” and “Cannibal Ferox,” a film with the tagline “Make them die slowly.”
Online chats, seized by police, showed Portway call his basement a “dungeon” where he intended to “keep kidnapped children while he sexually abused them and as a place to eventually murder and cannibalize the children.”
Two other men who chatted with Portway have already been convicted.
One was a puppeteer who, authorities say, plotted with Portway to kidnap children the puppeteer knew from his work at a local Florida church.
“Portway’s collection is truly chilling and demonstrates a real risk based upon which the Court should sentence Portway to a substantial term of years in order to protect the public,” prosecutors said.