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True Crime-Albert Fish

Updated on March 19, 2012

Serial Killer Albert Fish

Some people consider Albert Fish to have been one of the most evil persons to have ever lived.
Some people consider Albert Fish to have been one of the most evil persons to have ever lived.

Albert Hamilton Fish who was also known as the Grey Man , the Brooklyn Vampire , the Werewolf of Wysteria , and most scary of all , the Boogeyman was born on May 19th , 1870. To many people who have studied serial killers he is considered one of the most evil men to have ever lived.

He was also a cannibal and a child molester and he often made the claim that he had had a child in every state. He was never clear if he had eaten a child in every state or if he had molested one in every state. He was finally put on trial for the kidnapping and murder of Grace Budd and he was executed in the New York state electric chair on January 16th, 1936.

Albert Fish was finally arrested and found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of 10 year old Grace Budd. He was executed in the New York electric chair for this crime.
Albert Fish was finally arrested and found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of 10 year old Grace Budd. He was executed in the New York electric chair for this crime.

What Created Albert Fish

Albert Fish arrived in New York City sometime in the summer of 1890. He later told many people that at first he worked as a male prostitute and he started at this same time to rape young boys. His mother hoped to change him and she arranged a marriage for Albert. In 1898 Albert married a woman nine years his junior and during that marriage they had five children. Three boys and two girls.

Throughout 1898 Albert worked as a house painter and he continued to molest young boys mostly under the age of six so he said they would be less likely to tell on him. It was also during this time that he developed a morbid fascination with castration. At about this same time Albert Fish had a sexual relationship with a man who was mentally handicapped and one day he attempted to castrate the man after tying him up. The mans horrible screams of pain scared Albert Fish so bad he ran from the scene throwing down a 10 dollar bill hoping it would help to silence the injured man.

In January 1917 his wife left Albert Fish for a handyman who had lived with the Fish Family and left the children with Albert to look after. It was following this rejection by his wife that Albert Fish began to hear voices and he believed that John the Apostle was talking to him telling him what to do. It was also at this same time that Albert Fish began to harm himself. At one point after his arrest for the murder of Grace Budd a X-ray was taken of his pelvic region and it revealed he had 29 needles that he had pushed into his flesh deep into his pubic region.

By the age of 55 Albert Fish was experiencing a severe break with reality. He claimed that God was telling him to molest and castrate young boys. Doctors later said he was suffering from a severe religious psychosis. Albert Fish was still smart enough though that most of his victims were either mentally handicapped or African American because he felt they would not be missed.

He was able to convince the Budd family that he wanted to hire Edward Budd and he went to the Budd House claiming to be a farmer named Frank Howard from Farmingdale New York. He told Edward Budd that he would hire him and he made the claim to the family that he wanted to take 10 year old Grace to his sisters home that evening for a birthday party. Someway he convinced them that he was perfectly legit and they allowed him to leave the house with 10 year old Grace.

He never returned with Grace and some time later he wrote a letter to Grace's mother in which he confessed that he killed and cooked and ate Grace but that she died a virgin. The police traced the letter back to a rooming house where Albert Fish had rented a room and there he was finally arrested. While being arrested he attempted to attack the police officer with a razor in each hand but the policeman was able to disarm him and take him into custody.

Albert Fish did not deny the letter or the abduction and murder of Grace Budd. But at his trial Fish pleaded insanity and said that God had ordered him to molest and kill children. The jury however found him to be both sane and guilty and the judge ordered Albert Fish to be executed in New York's Electric Chair.

Albert Fish was executed in the electric chair at New York's Sing SIng Prison on January 16th 1936. He was buried in the prison cemetery at Sing Sing Prison.

Here is a photo of the Electric Chair at Sing Sing Prison where Albert Fish was executed for the murder of 10 year old Grace Budd.
Here is a photo of the Electric Chair at Sing Sing Prison where Albert Fish was executed for the murder of 10 year old Grace Budd.

How Many Lifes Did Albert Fish Take

We may never know the answer to the question. Modern criminologists who have made extensive case studies of Albert Fish say that its likely he may have killed hundreds and most of them were children. He wrote to several other families besides the Budd family with detailed confessions of his murder of their loved ones. And he like Ted Bundy tried to trade his secrets for his life but the state of New York would not make the deal. 

The case of Albert Fish was reviewed and investigated by the FBI Behavioral Science Unit  in 1984 and they said he most likely was responsible for at least a hundred or more murders that they were able to trace him to. And that he quite possibly could have been responsible for many more. But however many murders Albert Fish committed I think we can all agree that he was one of the most evil men who ever lived.

Many people say Albert Fish was the most evil Serial Killer ever.

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      Che Rogers 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This guy sounded like he had a lot of mental issues. They should have studied him before they executed him so we can recognize people like him sooner than later. I'm not a firm believer in the death penalty but in some cases like these I think it's necessary. No one truly wins in these situations.

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      Kalami 5 years ago

      I would say he was a demon .During that time Grace's family allowed her to attend the party with him . How dare they ??? Even in this modern age, parents are worried about their kids even they matured or immatured ... Thank god !!! that evil is no more , we don't know if we are living among such kind of demons , Be alert always !!!!!

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      nixie 6 years ago

      he deserved everything im glad his children didn't try helping him. its amazing how not that many people know about him they know more sbout ed gein than fish. its ironic his last name is fish but yet he was a cannibal sooo weird i cant believe that there are millions of weirdos out there and what's worse you don't know who they are they can be anyone. he got what he deserved so that's good they should have let the families torture and beat him or something but even if they did it wouldn't bring their loved ones back. at least hes dead so dts good. great hub by da way

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      johnjelly 6 years ago

      kennedy is right, if your family, friend or even just someone you know or have met once where to suffer something this repulsive, i'd like to think that you would no longer want that person to live. also, you touch on the fact that we should execute the first day instead of waiting so long, and i could not agree more. we make it so proper for them to die and we make it so clean. trust if the needle isn't perfectly cleaned prior to execution, i highly doubt that individual getting sick or filing a lawsuit is gonna be an issue. great story here and i for one i'm happy someone throw that switch on albert fish.

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      ellahall2011 6 years ago

      He's punishment should be more than sitting on electric chair. He's too dangerous. He should be chopped into parts and give them to those victims'families.Just kidding. I think I'm more than him if I do that.No way!

      Great hub.

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      boehmdil 6 years ago

      This man is a horable man and its disgusting

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      Kennedy 7 years ago

      Evil is not Mentally Ill~ The Devil is Evil~People like you are the reason we have so many people in our prison systems and repeat offenders~We need to EXECUTE a person a day that is sitting on death roll~ God can hand down the punishment they truly deserve for their crimes!Because EXECUTION is not cruel enough for some of these monsters~Only the Evil need to fear death! Eric when your child,niece,newphew or grandchild becomes the victum of the next Albert Fish I wonder if you will have the same opion of what that MENTALLY ILL person deserves? I would image you would be one of those people that would speak even on Satan behalf if he was to stand trial today for his crimes~

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      Eric 7 years ago

      It's really strange how 71% of voters choose the option "pure evil got what he deserved" vice. "Although EVIL was MENTALLY ILL". Fish was clearly MENTALLY ILL, he should have not been executed. More good could have been done by keeping Fish a live for study, etc. Plus no one has a right to JUDGE him or anyone unless you know exactly how that person's mind works. No body did nor every will know how Fish's mind worked now.

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      larry aniel 8 years ago

      This type of behavior never ceases to fascinate me.

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      Thomas Byers 8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for your comment Mate. I am working on some more like this one. Some really interesting stuff about these type of fiends.

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      Chris Friend 8 years ago

      Another excellent Hub. Very good. Harold Schector asked Robert Bloch why everone was so fascinated by Ed Gein he answered that few people have heard of Albert Fish.