Partial inspiration for one of my own screenplay villains, Albert Fish is easily one of the most horrifying serial killers ever. While many other killers are frightening because they bring to light the very real possibility that we could be in danger, Albert Fish brings forth one even worse.
He makes us fear for our children.
Albert Fish, if his words are to be believed, mutilated hundreds of children, eating more than a few. To him, children were a perverse delicacy. Judging by his behavior sometime after his murder of a little girl named Gracie (about six years later), he sent a letter to the little girl’s mother, explaining what he had done to her. Fortunately for her, the girl’s mother was illiterate, and couldn’t read what the monster had done to her baby. Her son could, however.
Here is the letter, copied and pasted from www.crimelibrary.com:
“My dear Mrs. Budd,
In 1894 a friend of mine shipped as a deck hand on the Steamer Tacoma, Capt. John Davis. They sailed from San Francisco for Hong Kong China. On arriving there he and two others went ashore and got drunk. When they returned the boat was gone.
At that time there was famine in China. Meat of any kind was from $1 to 3 Dollars a pound. So great was the suffering among the very poor that all children under 12 were sold for food in order to keep others from starving. A boy or girl under 14 was not safe in the street. You could go in any shop and ask for steak -- chops -- or stew meat. Part of the naked body of a boy or girl would be brought out and just what you wanted cut from it. A boy or girls behind which is the sweetest part of the body and sold as veal cutlet brought the highest price.
John staid there so long he acquired a taste for human flesh. On his return to N.Y. he stole two boys one 7 one 11. Took them to his home stripped them naked tied them in a closet. Then burned everything they had on. Several times every day and night he spanked them -- tortured them -- to make their meat good and tender.
First he killed the 11 year old boy, because he had the fattest ass and of course the most meat on it. Every part of his body was Cooked and eaten except the head -- bones and guts. He was Roasted in the oven (all of his ass), boiled, broiled, fried and stewed. The little boy was next, went the same way. At that time, I was living at 409 E 100 st., near -- right side. He told me so often how good Human flesh was I made up my mind to taste it.
On Sunday June the 3 --1928 I called on you at 406 W 15 St. Brought you pot cheese -- strawberries. We had lunch. Grace sat in my lap and kissed me. I made up my mind to eat her.
On the pretense of taking her to a party. You said Yes she could go. I took her to an empty house in Westchester I had already picked out. When we got there, I told her to remain outside. She picked wildflowers. I went upstairs and stripped all my clothes off. I knew if I did not I would get her blood on them.
When all was ready I went to the window and Called her. Then I hid in a closet until she was in the room. When she saw me all naked she began to cry and tried to run down the stairs. I grabbed her and she said she would tell her mamma.
First I stripped her naked. How she did kick -- bite and scratch. I choked her to death, then cut her in small pieces so I could take my meat to my rooms. Cook and eat it. How sweet and tender her little ass was roasted in the oven. It took me 9 days to eat her entire body. I did not f*** her tho I could of had I wished. She died a virgin”
Albert Fish is very unusual as serial killers go. For one thing, all of his victims were children. Also, he hailed from the early 1900s. Rather than the typical, modern day, “he seemed like such a nice quiet boy” that we have come to expect when serial killers are exposed, Albert was a kindly looking old man, in his late 50s. He was the loving father of 6 children. He would never do anything to harm them.
At least someone was safe from him.
Albert had a penchant for pain. Easily one of the most horrifying masochists in the world, he apparently enjoyed being spanked with a paddle studded with nails, and was found to have 29 needles buried in the crotch area of his pelvis. Apparently, he often shoved needles into his scrotum and rectum, but almost 30 of them were in too far to extract. What he did to the kids he took was far worse.
He had a penchant for S&M that would never make it into a magazine. One of his “tricks” was to soak cotton balls in alcohol, stick them up his butt, and light them on fire. He did this to several of his victims too.
A few years before he was caught, he believed he had received a vision from Jesus saying that he was to torture children. How did he end up so twisted? According to him, while growing up at a boarding school, he claimed to see other boys forced to do things that no child should have to endure. It’s odd that so many serial killers claim to be broken by the very things they do later in life.
Albert fish was a triumph for those who wish the death penalty upon anyone who commits a particularly heinous crime. He was found legally insane by his jury, but was sentenced to death anyway. So much for life in a loony bin.
In several of his letters, and in his confession, he detailed how he tortured and ate several of his victims. He would beat them while they were alive, to tenderize their meat. For at least one of the boys he killed, he cut off his genitals to let him bleed to death. For little Gracie Bud, he strangled her, then decapitated her over a paint bucket.
It is frightening to think that someone like this once lived. The very thought that it happened once, implies that it can happen again. No one wants to think of anything bad ever happening to their kids. Imagine how awful it was to find out that yours was eaten by an old man.
In the end, Albert Fish was put to death. He was sent to the electric chair. In his own perverse way, he was happy about it. He felt he deserved to be punished for what he had done. He also looked forward to experiencing being electrocuted to death.
(Copied from http://scaredyet.net...lers/afish.aspx)
Such a DEMON once existed...