Albert Fish, the Brooklyn Vampire

Albert fish is an American serial killer that confessed to about 100 murders.  He was also known as the Werewolf of Wysteria and the Brooklyn Vampire.  He was later found guilty and sentenced to die on electric chair.

Albert Fish was born as Hamilton Howard Fish that caused the children of the orphanage to call him with names such as “Ham and Eggs”.  Fish will later take the name Albert, after a dead sibling.  Albert’s family has a history of mental illness, his brother, sister, uncle, 3 relatives and mother suffered from different types of mental conditions.

Fish worked as a house painter on 1898, he claimed that during those days he continue to molest children below the age of 6.  When Fish was 41 years of age, he began sexually assaulting a disabled man.  Kedden, a 19 year old boy was all tied up when Fish tried to mutilate him using a scissor.  Fish was frightened by the agonizing reaction on his face and decided to leave the town.

In 1917 Fish’s wife would leave him for a handyman, he would then have to raise his kids alone.  During this time, Fish started to suffer from auditory hallucination, stating that he was just following the order of John the Apostle.  A series of self inflict injury would happen, he would sometime ask his kids to paddle him on his buttocks.  This would then develop in some sort of cannibalism; Fish would have the obsession of eating raw meats that he also served to his children.

The usual victims of Fish are handicapped people or those from an African-American descent.  He believed no one will miss those people when he killed them.  Fish murdered his victims using a meat cleaver, hand saw and a butcher knife.  The Grace Budd Murder serves as a turning point on the series of murder.  Grace Budd went missing on the year 1928, when Albert Fish asked the couple to let their kid accompany him on a Birthday party.  In November 1934 the parents of Grace Budd received an anonymous letter that led to the capture of Albert Fish.   Here’s the content of the letter.

“Dear Mrs. Budd. In 1894 a friend of mine shipped as a deck hand on the Steamer Tacoma, Capt. 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 famine in China. Meat of any kind was from $1–3 per pound. So great was the suffering among the very poor that all children under 12 were sold for food in order to keep others from starving. A boy or girl under 14 was not safe in the street. You could go in any shop and ask for steak—chops—or stew meat. Part of the naked body of a boy or 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 stole 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 and eaten except the head—bones and guts. He was roasted in the oven (all of his ass), boiled, broiled, fried and 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 a closet until she was in the room. When she saw me all naked she began to cry and tried to run down the stairs. I grabbed her and she said she would tell her mamma. First I stripped her naked. How she did kick – bite and scratch. I choked her to death, then cut her in small pieces so I could take my 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 of had I wished. She died a virgin.” 

Fish would later reveal that he find the pleasure in drinking fresh blood and eating raw meats.  He confessed about the murder of some kids and how he killed them, eat their body except their head and drink their blood, reason why people named him the Brooklyn Vampire.


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