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, 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”.