Hamilton Howard Albert Fish was the most devilish and insane serial killer in the world. He has several names including The Brooklyn Vampire, The Gray Man, The Moon Maniac, The Ware Wolf of Wysteria, and The Boogeyman. He was a child rapist and cannibalistic person who boasted that he had “had children in every state”.
Albert was born in Washington DC America in 1870 and he was the youngest among four children. His father was dead when he was five and his mother put him in an orphanage where he was frequently whipped and beaten by other children. Eventually, he began to enjoy the physical pain and the beating gave him erections. His family had a history of mental illness and at the age of 12 he had been introduced to the practices urolagnia (drinking urine) and coprophagia (eating shit) by a telegraph boy.
Fish married a woman in 1898 and they had 6 children. He began to rape young boys and prostitutes at the age of 20 and he continued raping young boys even after his marriage. Albert’s wife left him for another man and his children said that Fish would have them beat him with a nail paddle for his enjoyment.
He used a butcher knife, a small handsaw and a meat cleaver to torture the victims. He also engaged in sadomasochistic acts and eventually inserted 29 needles into his pelvic region. He started a sadomasochistic relationship with a 19-year-old boy Thomas Kedden and once Fish took him into an old farmhouse where he began to torture Kedden for two weeks. Finally, Fish tied him and cut off half of his penis. Fish later recalled about that incident “I shall never forget his scream or the look he gave me”.
Later he developed a growing obsession with cannibalism and began to hunt children. The police department doesn’t have an accurate count about Fish’s victims. He confessed several crimes when he was caught and the list including Francis McDonnel(8), Billy Gaffney(4), Grace Budd(10), Emma Richardson(5), Yetta Abramowitz(12), Robin Jane Liu(6), Marry Ellen O’Connor(16) and Benjamin Collings(17).
Francis McDonnel went missing while playing with his friends and the neighbour saw him leaving with an elderly man with a grey moustache. The body of Francis later found hanging from a tree and the lower half of the body contained severe lacerations and most of the flesh on the left hamstring was missing.
The 4-year-old Billy Gaffney disappeared with a 3-year-old neighbour while playing in an apartment hallway. The neighbour kid found uninjured on the rooftop and when questioned about Gaffney he said that “the Boogeyman took him”. Fish was confessed later about the murder that he stripped the boy naked and whipped his bare behind till the blood ran from his legs. Fish Cut off his ears-nose-slit his mouth from ear to ear. Gouged out his eyes. Then stuck the knife in his belly and held Fish’s mouth to his body and drank his blood. Then he cut the body thru the middle just below the belly button and cut off the head-feet-arms-hands and the legs below the knees. Later Fish came home with the meat and made a stew out of his ears-nose-pieces of his face and belly. He put strips of bacon on each cheek of his behind and put it in the oven. He said
“I ate every bit of the meat in about four days. His little monkey was as sweet as a nut, but his pee-wees I could not chew. Threw them in the toilet.”
Grace Budd was a 10-year-old girl, Fish purposefully brought her into wisteria cottage, an abandoned house. Fish wrote a letter to her parents detailing the events of their daughter’ murder. He wrote
“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 fuck her tho I could of had I wished. She died a virgin”
This letter was eventually tracked to fish, which led to his capture. His trial was started in 1935 and found to be guilty and sane and sentenced to die by the electric chair. During the trial Fish pleaded insanity as his defence claiming that he had heard the voice of God commanding him to kill children. Several psychiatrists testified on Fish’s sexual fetishes and found the disorders including sadism, masochism, cannibalism, fellatio, anilingus, flagellation, voyeurism, exhibitionism, piquerism, urophilia, coprophagia, infibulation and paedophilia.
According to Fish’s lawyer, he wrote in a final statement that;
“I will never show it to anyone. It was the most filthy string of obscenities that I have ever read”
Hamilton Howard Albert Fish is marked as the one of the most dangerous and insane psychiatric phenomena and there are no medical records of any individual with so many abnormalities. Several movies have been made based on Albert Fish and his stories are still haunting.