16 January 1936 – Albert Fish

Albert FishFlesh-eating American serial killer Albert Hamilton Fish flippantly said ‘I don’t even know why I am here’ as he sat on the electric chair waiting to die.

Fish was an American serial killer and cannibal who was sentenced to die on this day in 1936. He boasted that he molested over 100 children, and was a suspect in at least five child killings in New York. During his violent rampage, he earned the nicknames ‘Gray Man’, ‘the Werewolf of Wysteria’ and possibly even the ‘Brooklyn Vampire’. And he did nothing to hide his guilt when the authorities finally caught up with him.  Fish readily confessed to three actual murders and he was tried for the murder of Grace Budd.

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In a cruel twist he wrote to the mother of one of his victims giving her a blow-by-blow description of what he did to her daughter. He said of 10-year-old Budd: ‘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 f**k her tho’ I could of had I wished. She died a virgin.’

Another victim, Billy Gaffney met an altogether bloodier end, having been tortured with a cat’o’nine tails and having his eyes ripped out and his ears and nose sliced off apparently while still alive. In his written confession, Fish even went as far as to give recipe instructions for how he’d roasted Gaffney.

Sexually depraved and with a history of sado-masochism, Fish was found guilty of murder and sentenced to be electrocuted at Sing Sing, New York.

After he was sentenced, Fish also admitted assaulting and strangling eight-year-old Francis X. McDonnell on Staten Island.

He was strapped to the electric chair in 1936, aged 65.

A couple of films have been made about Mr Fish including Albert Fish: In sin he found salvation starring Oto Brezina and The Gray Man starring Patrick Bauchau.

You may also be interested in his biography Albert Fish – The Werewolf of Wysteria.

Also on this day

16 January 2002 – Jermarr Carlos Arnold

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