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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.

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.

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