Albert Fish Research Paper

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According to the FBI, the definition of spree murders are two or more killings done by one or more people without an intermediate period. Fish did “take a break” from killing, but did have a modus operandi. Albert Fish was born Hamilton Fish in Washington, D.C., to Randall (1795-1875) and Ellen (née Howell; 1838-1903) Fish. His father was forty three years older than his mother. He was the youngest of three and wanted to be called Albert after a deceased sibling and to also escape the nickname “Ham and Eggs” that was given to him at an orphanage where he spent many of his early years. Many of his family members suffered from mental illnesses and one even suffered from religious mania (intense episodes where one would go to religious extremes…show more content…
He died of a heart attack at the Sixth Street Station of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1875 in D.C. Fish’s mother all but tossed him into an orphanage where he was often whipped and beaten. There, he eventually discovered that he enjoyed the physical pain. He noted that the beating would give him erections, in which the other orphans teased him. By 1879, his mother got a government job and was able to take him back, but it was too late as his prior experiences had already changed him. By twelve, he had already started a homosexual relationship with a telegraph boy. The boy introduced Fish to various perversities such as the drinking of urine and coprophagia (the act of consuming feces). Fish then began to visit public baths where he would watch other boys undress. He spent a great deal of time…show more content…
A janitor at the same company told police that he had some of the envelopes and papers home, but left the rest at his “rooming house” when he moved out. The janitor provided police with the address. Once there, the landlady of the rooming house said that Fish had checked out of that room a couple of days earlier. Claiming that his son sent him money, Fish had asked the landlady to hold his next check for him as he’d be back to pick it up. William F. King, the lead investigator, waited outside the room until Fish returned. When confronted, Fish agreed to go down to the precinct for questioning, but charged to attack King with a “razor in each hand”. Fish was swiftly disarmed and taken to the precinct. Fish made no attempt to deny the murder of Grace Budd and even went on to confess to murdering Francis X. McDonnell in 1924 and Billy Gaffney in 1927. He went into great detail with Billy Gaffney’s murder when asked by the boy’s

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