Fish was a heartless fiend of a man who raped and ate children for pleasure. After watching and reading about him, you may find he becomes regularly featured in your nightmares. Prepare yourself.
Fish was one of the most notorious serial child killers of all time
However, it is not known whether he was referring to rapes or cannibalization, nor is it known if the statement was truthful. Fish was a suspect in at least five murders during his lifetime. He confessed to three murders that police were able to trace to a known homicide , and he confessed to stabbing at least two other people. Fish was apprehended on December 13, , and put on trial for the kidnapping and murder of Grace Budd. He was convicted and executed by electric chair on January 16, , at the age of Albert Fish was born in Washington, D. Fish was the youngest child and had three living siblings: Walter, Annie, and Edwin. Fish's family had a history of mental illness. His uncle suffered from mania , one of his brothers was confined in a state mental hospital , and his sister Annie was diagnosed with a "mental affliction". Fish's father Randall was a river boat captain and, by , a fertilizer manufacturer.
A Serial Killer Hones His Skills
The fact that he not only killed but also ate children cemented his place in American history as the human version of the Boogie Man. It was the murder of Grace Budd that sent Albert Fish to the electric chair. His father, Randall, was 75 years old at the time. His mother, Ellen, was 43 years younger than her husband. Albert was the youngest of 4 living children. By the time Albert was 5, his elderly father had passed away. His mother was faced with the difficult decision to put her children in an orphanage until she could find a way to support them on her own. Fish was frequently subjected to physical abuse.
Albert Fish was first known as Frank Howard. He responded to an ad looking for work placed in the newspaper by Edward Budd. Edward Budd was an 18 year-old boy determined to make something of himself. He stated that he would like to have Budd come work with him at his farm, telling the story of his six children and how his wife had left them. Howard planned to come pick them up a few days later to take them back to his farm to begin work. He came over for a visit the following morning and the family invited him to stay for lunch. Explaining that he had to attend a birthday party before he could take the boys to the farm, he asked if Gracie would like to join him. With his gracious attitude and friendly nature, the Budds gave Gracie permission to attend the party. That evening, Howard did not return and Gracie vanished. The family reported her disappearance to the local police and an investigation began.