The term ‘serial killer’ strikes fear deep into the hearts of most. However it is often thought that fear is what drives some curiosities, thus finding it appropriate to understand why serial killers commit horrific acts of violence repetitively. It has been found that many serial killers encompass similar emotional development issues. They also tend to be above-average intelligence wise, and in some ways it is as if killing acts as a drug for some of these men. Many theories of crime and deviance correlate to the actions of serial killers.
One of America’s most horrific child serial killers is Albert Fish. He was also known as the Boogeyman, the Werewolf of Wysteria and the Grey Man. This gentle-looking, benevolent grandfather cleverly lured children to their horrific death and then devised recipes to eat them. This cannibal model for Hannibal Lecter is a study in criminal psychology and a true enigma. What inner torments caused him to drive many spikes into his pelvis and tell people that he looked forward to his own execution?
Albert Fish is known for being one of the most vile pedophiles and killers of all time. After his capture he admitted to molesting over 400 children and that he tortured and killed several others. Fish was a small, gentle looking man who appeared kind and trusting, yet once alone with his victims, the monster inside him was unleashed, a monster so perverse and cruel, his crimes seem unbelievable. He was eventually executed and it is believed that he turned his own execution into a fantasy of pleasure (Heimer 1991).
Albert Fish was born on May 19, 1870 in Washington D.C., into a family which had a long history of mental illness. His father died when he was about 5 years old and his mother could not take care of him so she sent him and his siblings to an orphanage. The orphanage was a place of brutality where he was exposed to regular beatings and sadistic acts of brutality. As a form of punishment, his teacher would make...