Albert Fish

Demographic Info

AKAVictimsSexEthnicityCountryTypeMotivationBirthDeath
The Gray Man, The Werewolf of Wysteria, The Brooklyn Vampire, The Boogey Man6-9MaleCaucasianUSANomadicSadistic1870/05/19 (Washington, D.C., USA)1936/01/16 (Electric chair)

Bibliography

TitleAuthorSources
Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Fiendish Killer!Harold SchechterAmazon, Kindle eBook

Videography

TitleSources
Albert FishAmazon (DVD)
Gray ManAmazon (DVD)

Albert Fish was born on May 19, 1870 in Washington DC. He was born with the name Hamilton Fish but later asked to be called Albert, the name of a dead sibling. Fish was born the youngest of 4 children.

After the death of his father Fish was sent to an orphanage. He was beaten regularly and began to enjoy the pain that his peers inflicted upon him. His mother was eventually able to take him out of the orphanage, but Fish had already changed. He was visiting bath houses to watch boys undress and had a relationship with a male who made him eat faeces and drink urine. Fish eventually became a prostitute and began to rape boys. He also began put needles into his own pelvis to become aroused.

Fish’s murder series began in 1910, at the age of 40. All of Fish’s victims were between the ages of 4 and 15. His victims were usually male, but he made a few exceptions. He would murder his victims by strangling them or with a meat cleaver, a saw or a butcher knife. Fish would usually murder his victim and then eat their corpses for many days afterwards. On some occasions Fish would first drink the child’s blood. It is believed that Fish was obsessed with castration and would often murder for that purpose, but eventually would begin to eat the body. Before the murder Fish would torture his victims by cutting off body parts or beating them. He confessed that beating the victims was to ensure that the human meat was tenderized. Only some of Fish’s victims were raped or sexually abused. Fish claimed that he heard voices which would tell him to murder children.

On December 14, 1934 Fish was arrested. Police discovered that Fish was the murderer after he had sent a victim’s family a letter describing her death. While in prison Fish confessed to other murders he had committed. Fish had 6 known victims and 3 suspected victims. He was found guilty and sentenced to death by electric chair. On January 16, 1936 Fish was executed.

Fish is the classic example of a mysoped, a sadistic pedophile.

Blog Posts

Episode 046: Questions & Answers II

on September 16th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

This week, we’re having our second Questions and Answers episode. The questions we’ll answer are: How many serial killers are active at any one time? What do you think of the cultural hero-worship of some serial killers? Why do so many killers have three names? Are there many serial killers…

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Episode 040: Modus Operandi, Ritual Behavior, and Signature

on August 5th, 2011 in Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Pop Culture, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 2 Comments

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Episode 023: Mutilation, Part 2

on April 1st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Last week, we began exploring a question from Lalith about why serial killers mutilate their victims in different ways. We looked at a couple of psychological motivations, as well as mutilation for forensic countermeasures and trophy hunting. This week, we continue (and conclude) this exploration. First up, cannibalism. Mentioned: Marti…

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Episode 022: Mutilation, Part 1

on March 25th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Victimology by | 4 Comments

Listener Lalith asks: “What is the significance of mutilation pre and post death? Why do some killers mutilate the face while others only the genitalia?” She actually asked this question intending it to be part of last week’s Questions and Answers episode, but I thought it was meaty enough for…

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Episode 011: Nature versus Nurture – The Making of a Serial Killer

on January 7th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 3 Comments

In this week’s episode, we look at what causes someone to become a serial killer. We’ll be mostly discussing psychopathic sexual murder, rather than psychotic murder. Psychopathy, also known as sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder, is a behavioral disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with abnormal immoral…

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Victims of Albert Fish

on January 1st, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | 2 Comments

Albert Fish was found guilty for murder of one person, but had confessed to three murders and was suspected of being involved in the murders of between six to nine people. We currently have information on his known victim and eight of his suspected victims. Francis McDonnel Francis, age 8,…

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