Albert Fish is one of the most terrifying and notorious figures in the history of true crime. A cannibal and child killer, he was both a sadist and a masochist whose sexual perversions knew no bounds.
Albert Fish was the original Boogeyman. For decades he roamed the country, a shadowy figure, abducting children and eating them. Not unlike the Slenderman of internet lore, he would appear and then mysteriously be gone, taking a child with him. Only Albert Fish was very, very real. When witnesses were asked to describe him, they would call him, simply, The Gray Man.
His disgusting and infamous legacy was made famous by many things, how an x-ray showed he had inserted 28 needles into his groin as part of his masochistic love of pain, how, when being told he was to die in the electric chair, he exclaimed what a thrill it would be, and most notoriously, the foul and terrible letter he wrote to the mother of one of his victims, explaining in detail how he’d murdered her, dismembered the corpse, and eaten her.
We will read that entire letter to you today, dear listeners, as well as other writings of this deeply disturbed psychopath.
From his birth in 1870 to his execution in 1936, we chronicle the life of a man who became known as the Moon Maniac, the Brooklyn Vampire and the Werewolf of Wysteria.
Happy Spooky Season everyone, it’s true-crime werewolves all the way up to Halloween day, and this one is a doozy.
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Albert Fish In His Own Words: The Shocking Confessions of the Child Killing Cannibal edited by John Borowski
Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America’s Most Fiendish Killer! by Harold Schechter
Cannibal: The Case of Albert Fish by Mel Heimer
Confessions Of A Cannibal: The Shocking True Story Of Depraved Child Killer Albert Fish by Robert Keller