Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Albert Fish, the Pinnacle of Depravity

This gentle-looking, benevolent grandfather cleverly lured children to their death, then devised recipes to eat them. This cannibal model for Hannibal Lecter is a study in criminal psychology and a true enigma. His wife thought him to be a wonderful husband and his children believed him to be a model father. What inner torments caused him to drive many spikes into his pelvis and tell people that he looked forward to his execution?

LOOK: Albert Fish’s Pelvis

Take a peek, if you dare, at an X-Ray of Albert Fish’s pelvis. Fish, a serial killer and cannibal with a taste for little boys, was convicted of four murders but claimed to have committed many more. After his arrest, X-Rays revealed that Fish had also embedded at least 29 needles deep into his genital area.

Albert Fish, the Cannibal Who Preferred Kids

On May 28, 1928, Albert Fish inserted himself into the lives of the Budd family. Gentle-looking and grandfatherly, he cleverly set them at ease and lured their young daughter Gracie and at least five other children to their deaths. A child rapist, killer and cannibal, Fish was executed on January 16, 1936.