On Hamilton Howard “Albert” Fish
Professor Steven Hoenig
Serial killers is a person that kill three or more people in a short amount of time. He or she murder one after another in a similar way with an inactive period between each murder. The motivation for murdering an adult or child is based on psychological gratification. The serial killer is normally an adult white male in his late twenties, who has killed four or more individuals in separate incident with an inactive period between. It is impossible to tell just by looking at a person who will become a serial killer, the traits of some criminals or serial killers appear to be similar most of the time. The types of behaviors …show more content…
Fish went to New York City in 1890, and became a male prostitute. He began raping young boys, a crime he kept committing even after his mother arranged a marriage. In 1898, he was married to a woman nine years his junior. They had six children: Albert, Anna, Gertrude, Eugene, John, and Henry Fish.
Throughout 1898 he worked as a house painter, and he said he continued molesting children, mostly boys under six. He worked another job and was then arrested for embezzlement and was sentenced to incarceration in Sing Sing in 1903. In 1917, Fish’s wife left him for another man, sending Albert into a tailspin. The now-single parent wandered the house swaddled in carpets and took to self-harm. He would press multiple needles into his abdomen, hit himself with a nail-studded paddle, even stuff wool soaked with lighter fluid into his anus and set it ablaze. It was at this time that Fish developed a taste for raw meat, often preparing it for dinner. The bloody meals opened the door to Fish’s final perversion – cannibalism.
Albert Fish committed his first attack on a child named Thomas Bedden in Wilmington, Delaware in 1910. Afterward, he stabbed a mentally retarded boy around 1919 in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Consistently, many of his intended victims would be either mentally retarded or African-American, because, he believed, these would not be missed. On July 11, 1924 Fish found eight-year-old Beatrice Kiel playing alone on her parents' Staten Island farm. He offered her