Where do you even start with Albert Fish, a serial killer who seemed to top himself with each crime that he committed? His disgusting acts would no doubt inspire future serial killers who wanted to get their rocks off while being as freaky as possible. The most well-known of the Albert Fish crimes is the murder of Grace Budd, a small girl from New York City whom the “gray man” kidnapped, dismembered, and ate over the course of nine days in the 1920s, but there were so many more gruesome crimes committed by this mad man that it’s impossible to give one precedence over the others. Each act of murder, sexual perversion, and sadomasochism plays out like something that even the Marquis De Sade would have ruled out.
It seems like everything that Albert Fish did was designed to cause everyone around him pain, whimch is the only thing that he ever cared about. He wasn’t a man who stopped at killing and eating a child, he had to let their parents know about the torture their spawn endured before finally being put out of their misery. Even after his arrest there was no getting Fish down. He obviously enjoyed sending jailhouse letters to his attorney, confessing to disgusting crimes, knowing that his attorney thought the whole thing was sick. Fish probably even got off on being electrocuted to death, a pain loving creep to the end.
He Cut Off Half of Thomas Kedden's Penis
One of Fish's first known victims was Thomas Kedden, a mentally disabled 19-year-old man who rode the rails for most of his life until he ran into Fish. These two got on like a house on fire and spent two weeks having the kind of sex that one can only find on the darkest parts of the Internet. After two weeks of sex, Fish decided to get really kooky and tied Kedden to a chair, made him erect, and began cutting off the head of his penis with a pair of scissors.
"I shall never forget his scream, or the look he gave me," Fish later recalled. He originally intended to kill Kedden, cut up his body, and take it home, but he thought the hot weather would draw attention to him. Instead, Fish poured peroxide over the wound, wrapped it in a Vaseline-covered handkerchief, left a $10 bill, kissed Kedden goodbye, and left.
"Took first train I could get back home. Never heard what become of him, or tried to find out," Fish said.
He Lured a Little Girl with the Promise of a Party, Then Killed and Ate Her
If serial killers can have such things as greatest hits, Grace Budd would be Fish's. In 1928, Fish inquired with Budd's parents about hiring their son for some work. Initially he wanted to kill the 18-year-old son, but when he got a look at Grace, Fish forgot all about her older brother. After an on-and-off friendship with the Budd family, Fish took their little girl to a "birthday party" at a run-down cottage, where he would strangle her before cutting off her head, dismembering her, and eating her flesh over a nine-day period.
He Drove Needles Into His Pelvis
Fish was a sadomasochist, meaning that he craved feeling pain as well as inflicting it. He would often subject himself to painful procedures, most notably driving nails into this body, especially the area between his scrotum and his rectum. At first, he would drive them in and pull them out again, but eventually he started driving them in so far that he couldn't get them back out. After he was arrested and examined by a doctor, an X-ray showed 29 needles lodged in his pelvis.
He Wrote Horrific Letters to the Parents of His Victims
As if the murder of Grace Budd weren't bad enough, Fish decided to gloat about the girl's death to her family six years after she went missing. The letter is a bizarre tale of how Fish came to learn about cannibalism (it's likely mostly a fabrication, if not an outright lie), and a far-too-detailed description of Budd's final moments.
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 the 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 the meat to my rooms, cook, and eat it.