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This week, we delve back into real life horror with one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, the cannibalistic child killer, Albert Fish. (30 min) (7.17.20)

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This is an episode I’ve been toying with for quite some time. I first learned of Albert Fish when I was graduating high school and in a super edgy serial killer phase. He was a fascinating subject from just a human perspective, and he represents the epitome of the nature versus nurture debate. Was he born evil, or was he victim of his circumstances?

Actually, I’m getting ahead of myself here. I do that quite a lot.

Albert Fish was known by many different monikers, such as the boogeyman, The Grey Man, and the Werewolf of Wysteria. But ultimately he was a monster — and perhaps the most notorious child killer and molester in the history of the world. It wouldn’t surprise me if Freddy Krueger was based off him, at least in a small way.

Fish was first convicted of murdering a young girl by the name of Grace Budd. He lured her away from her family, in plain sight, from their home, took her to an abandoned house, strangled her, and reportedly ate her. Albert Fish was a cannibal, and he enjoyed the flesh of children most. His claims of murder and molestation reach absurd numbers ranging from 9-100.

He came from a family filled with mental illness, and he was also abused as a child at an orphanage. Many of these punishments were ones he carried over and used as an adult on both himself and his victims. Strangely, out of all this, he was married at one point. He even had six kids — none of whom he ever abused. At his trial, he claimed insanity. And while some jurors admitted after the fact that they believed him to be insane, they still thought that he needed to be put to death.

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