Victims of Albert Fish

on January 1, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by

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,  was murdered on July 14, 1924. He had been raped and strangled to death.

Emma Richardson

Emma, age 5, was murdered on October 3, 1926.

 Billy Gaffney

Billy, age 4, was murdered on February 12, 1927. Fish confessed to torturing Billy by whipping him, cutting off his ears and nose and then gouging out his eyes. After Billy was murdered, Fish took home pieces of his body and ate them over the course of 4 days.

Grace Budd

Grace, age 10, was murdered on June 3, 1928. Fish confessed to murdering her and then eating her whole body over the course of 9 days.

Emil Aalling 

Emil, age 4, was murdered on July 13, 1930.

Robin Jane Liu

Robin, age 6, was murdered on may 2, 1931.

Yetta Abramowitz

Yetta, age 12, was murdered in 1927. Fish was suspected to have murdered Yetta.

Mary Ellen O’Connor

Mary, age 16, was murdered on February 15, 1932. Fish was suspected to have murdered Mary.

Benjamin Collings

Benjamin, age 17, was murdered on December 15, 1932. Fish was suspected to have murdered Benjamin.



  • 1958Debs says:

    Non-experts? Totally a grounds for appeal in today’s courts. Just what was the judge thinking, anyway? And what was with the lawyer? Not able to take apart the testimony of a non-expert? Fish was clearly nuts, and his previous doctors were too full of themselves to admit that they had released an insane patient as sane.

    • same age says:

      I agree; any good defense attorney could have successfully argued the merits of the “non-expert” findings. However, “sanity” ( perhaps, you meant competency) is a legal determination, not medical. Clearly, Fish, himself a victim of abuse, had an antisocial personality disorder, in addition to a profound complex mood disorder with psychotic features. No doubt, Fish was a bizarre sadomasochistic psychopathic predator, but from my cursory reading of this story he had a sense of right from wrong and was not floridly psychotic when charged, nor tried. I guarantee, in a court to day, he would be found competent to stand trial. I am not familiar with the story about his evaluation and release from – I am assuming Bellevue- but based on your comments, it sounds like you have a healthy distain for psychiatrists; so much so, that you are commenting at 6:58….AM.

      • wendy hutson says:

        Agree and well said. For all his weirdness, and laundry list of fetishes this same man was fully capable of keeping up a correspondence with his biological children during his incarceration, and was alert enough to hide his face through many attempts for those who were witnesses to identify him. He also was cunning and cruel enough to choose children since they were small enough to overcome and the smaller the better, and even choose those with mental impairments, or of a certain race because in his own words, like so many who are killers, they were less likely to be missed. The exact words of Dahmer and many others.

        He knew right from wrong, and did not care, the rules did not apply to him or his desires.

  • Biography Geek says:

    I’m writing a boigraphy about ALbert Fish (’cause why not) so this will be useful. I know this comment is going to stand out amoungst the other 3 (now 4) comments but…I guess thanks for the information. And ALbert was a victim of abuse himself and he had some hell of a mental history so…that explains why he became a sadomasocistic individual.

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