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Albert Fish

Albert FishAKA Hamilton Fish

Born: 19-May-1870
Birthplace: Washington, DC
Died: 16-Jan-1936
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Execution
Remains: Buried, Sing-Sing Prison Cemetery, Ossining, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Criminal

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Serial killer and cannibal

A letter sent to the mother of his victim:

"My Dear Mrs. Budd,

In 1894 a friend of mine shipped as a deck hand on the steamer Tacoma, Captain 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 a famine in China. Meat of any kind was from $1-3 dollars a pound. So great was the suffering among the very poor that all the children under 12 were sold to the butchers to be cut up and sold for food in order to keep others from starving. A boy or girl under 14 was not safe in the street. You could got to any shop and ask for steak-chops or stew meat. Part of the naked body of a boy or a girl would be brought out and just what you wanted cut from it. A boy or girl's 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 sold two boys one 7 and 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 an eaten except head - bones and guts. He was roasted in the oven (all of his ass), boiled, broiled, fried, 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 the closet until she was in the room. When she saw me all naked she began to cry and tried to run down stairs. I grabbed her and she said she would tell her mamma. First I stripped her naked. How did she kick -- bite and scratch. I choked her to death, then cut her in small pieces so I could take the 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 have had I wished. She died a VIRGIN."

Father: Captain Randall Fish (32nd Degree Mason, d. 15-Oct-1875)
Wife: (m. 1898, separated 1917, six children)

    Left at Orphanage St. John's Orphanage, Washington State
    Larceny Grand Larceny (jailed 1903)
    Theft Petty Theft
    Murder Francis McDonnell
    Murder William Gaffney
    Murder Grace Budd (1928)
    Murder Mary O'Connor (1932)
    Psychiatric Observation Bellevue Hospital
    Pleaded Insanity
    Inmate: Sing Sing Prison

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