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The Infamous and Bizarre Vampire of Brooklyn Albert Fish

In the 1920’s in New York City, children’s bodies were turning up mutilated and dismembered in alley ways and streets all over Gotham. The residents thought the act was too gruesome for an ordinary person, so they believed it to be the work of the boogieman.

As far back as ancient Egypt and Babylonia, half humans were consuming the blood of their victims. Half men, half beast, these vampires of the night were associated with the boogieman. A beast that lurks under the bed of children, waiting to savor a limb as it drops by the bedside.

In English folklore, their hunger was satisfied by human flesh. To live, a vampire had to continue consuming human flesh. It was a way for them to feel whole, to become a part of their kill. Among these kills were children. And although children are among the most innocent of creatures, no one shatters that innocence more than a pedophile that preys on children.

Albert Fish


Albert Fish, the notorious “Vampire of Brooklyn”, was born May 19, 1870 in Washington DC. His father died when he was very young and he ended up at an orphanage. He witnessed gruesome beatings, and although he should have been terrified, he enjoyed watching young boys getting whipped.

It wasn’t until he was 24 years old, when he moved to New York City, that his dark side started to emerge. He frequented brothels where he insisted on being whipped himself and inserted with needles in his stomach and private areas.


In 1917, his wife Anna ran away with another man, leaving him to take care of their six children. Around this time, the World War was ending and New York was Mecca of industry, technology, and progressive thinking.

It was the time of the roaring 20’s where prohibition made the sale of alcohol illegal. The challenge was met by citizens drinking more than ever before in gangster run underground clubs.

There was lawlessness in the Big Apple. With over 6 million people in 1929, there were not enough jobs to support the influx of new people. People felt isolated and friendless.

At this time, Albert H. Fish was working at the nearby YMCA and the center for mentally challenged children. He was fired when “things about these children came out”. He was quoted as saying he “liked killing disabled and black boys because no one would miss them”.

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  1. ken bultman

    On August 9, 2009 at 2:25 am

    Fascinating story. Totally spellbinding. Nicely documented.

  2. Eunice Barbara

    On August 9, 2009 at 3:20 am

    It is so gruesome. pray it never happened again.

  3. Francois Hagnere

    On August 9, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Very well written.

  4. chris73

    On August 9, 2009 at 5:54 am

    I agree with Francois.

  5. Brenda Nelson

    On August 9, 2009 at 10:55 am

    makes you wonder what he did to his own kids, secrets they never told.

  6. Glynis Smy

    On August 9, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Fascinating Lauren, thanks.

  7. R J Evans

    On August 9, 2009 at 11:47 am

    What a gruesome story! Ew!!

  8. Chris Stonecipher

    On August 9, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    This is intriguing and bizarre. I was eating my lunch while reading this article. LOL! Thanks again for an enjoyable read.

  9. Lostash

    On August 9, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Gruesome article, but these are things that we cannot ignore.

  10. Mary Patricia Bird

    On August 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Well researched article.

  11. Phill Senters

    On August 9, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    What a gruesome story. Today such a man would be pampered in some institution instead of paying the price Fish did.

  12. Chambo

    On August 10, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Hey Lauren this was a great read. Pretty full on but interesting though. What a psycho! Nice.


  13. Christian A. Dumais

    On August 10, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Fascinating and horrifying reading. Well done.

  14. Patrick Bernauw

    On August 10, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    A true horror story!

  15. Joe Dorish

    On August 10, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    What a sicko!

  16. Ruby Hawk

    On August 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    This story must have been where the idea of Hannabel Lector came from. I can’t imagine a worse monster.

  17. Lauren Axelrod

    On August 10, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Actually Hannibal Lecter was derived from Ed Gein who used skulls as coffee cups and was in love with his mother. He had clothing made out of human skin. Totally crazy!

  18. Goodselfme

    On August 10, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Very well composed and disgustingly awful article.TX

  19. Melody SJAL

    On August 10, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Oh, that was horrible.

  20. nobert soloria bermosa

    On August 11, 2009 at 6:27 am

    i love stuff like this,thanks

  21. Cody T

    On August 11, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    They should make this a movie. Detailed child killing has always been taboo when it comes to movies though but theyve been pushing the boundries for years now and I believe we’re ready to see something of this nature.

  22. Nissa Annakindt

    On August 12, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I read a book about the Albert Fish case by Harold Schlechter, one of the better true crime writers. Perhaps the most horrible thing was his compulsion to write to the child’s mother with the details of the crime years later. But luckily the mother could not read so she was spared that shock.

  23. Dr. Lao

    On August 12, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I could hardly make it through the story. It’s gut wrenching. And people think that crimes are more terrible today?

  24. Lauren Axelrod

    On August 12, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks so much for the comments everyone. It’s so bizarre to think that beasts like this are actually human. And I’m sure the reason this has never touched the movies theater is because it’s just to taboo.

  25. Moses Ingram

    On August 13, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Well written but so gruesome. I guess we may never know what causes some people to act like this.

  26. Chandler

    On August 13, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    What a jerk.

  27. CutestPrincess

    On August 15, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I don’ t know where all these monsters are appearing from

  28. giftarist

    On August 16, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Very intriguing…monsters eh?

    Well-written, great read
    Thanks for sharing

  29. Janet Meyer

    On August 18, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Whew! What a morbid story. I know there were others just like Fish, but some enjoyed adults as much. This HORRIFIC! Well-written and researched.

  30. Shae

    On August 19, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    I read a book about him. He had many afflictions that had never before been documented, sato masochistic things. The needle x-ray picture is an example of the punishment he did to himself for the bad things he was doing. After he died none of his family would accept his remains, and he was buried in a grave on the prison grounds.

  31. RS Wing

    On January 31, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Yikes! What a psychotic beast. The letter is really spooky and so cruely demonic. This story scared the hell out of me. Kind of makes Hannibal look like a prince. Wild ride and well written story Lauren.

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