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Serial Killer Albert Fish

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Xing Zhang

on 21 May 2013

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Albert (Hamilton) Fish Crimes Grace Budd Nature and Nurture Xing Zhang DSM-IV Classification I classified Fish as having schizophrenia because
he suffers from hallucinations and delusions. Adult Life When he was 28, he married a 17 year old & they had 6 children.
When he was 33, he was arrested for embezzling funds and sent to Sing Sing.
He continued his work as a house painter
In January 1917, his wife left him for John Straube, a handyman who boarded with the Fish family. After this, he began to hear voices. He believed he was following the instructions of John the Apostle. Childhood He was born on May 19, 1870 in Washington D.C.
He was the youngest child and had 2 brothers and 1 sister
His family had a history of mental illness. Known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria,
the Brooklyn Vampire, the Moon Maniac and The Boogey Man.
Known victims:
Francis X. McDonnell, age 8, July 15, 1924
Emma Richardson, age 5, October 3, 1926
Billy Gaffney, age 4, February 11, 1927
Grace Budd, age 10, June 3, 1928 In 1928, Fish approached the Budd family, pretending to be interested in hiring Edward Budd as a helper on his farm. He acted very courteous and nice that he was passed off as a nice grandfather type. He convinced the family to allow him to take Grace to birthday party at his sister's home. She was never seen again. Seven years later, an anonymous letter was sent to Mrs. Budd. Both nature and nurture Works Cited Johnson, G., and A. Jenks. N.p.. Web. 19 May 2013. <http://maamodt.asp.radford.edu/Psyc 405/serial killers/Fish, Albert _2008, spring_.pdf>.

Juan Blanco, . N.p.. Web. 19 May 2013. <http://murderpedia.org/male.F/f/fish-albert.htm>.

Montaldo, C.. N.p.. Web. 19 May 2013. <http://crime.about.com/od/serial/p/albertfish.htm>.

Wikipedia, . N.p.. Web. 19 May 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Fish>. His mother abandoned him at a young age and he was sent to an orphanage at age 5 in Washington where he was regularly physically abused. He was also bullied by the children there. Teens
He had minor and limited public education.
He held jobs as a handyman or a painter.
He began a homosexual relationship when he was 12 with a telegraph boy.
His boyfriend also introduced Fish to acts such as drinking urine and coprophagia.
Fish began to spy on boys in public bathhouses. Classification and Diagnosis He committed at least three murders with a resting period between each of them
He was an organized serial killer
Dr. Wertham, the defense alienist, thought that Fish was considered legally insane as did other psychiatrists but the jury found him sane and guilty Nature His family had a history of mental illness
His mother had hallucinations
His uncle had religious mania
His brother was in the mental hospital Nurture His mother abandoned him when he was 5
He was physically and mentally abused in the orphanage The letter that he sent to the Budd's was in an envelope that had the letters "N.Y.P.C.B.A." representing "New York Private Chauffeur's Benevolent Association".
The janitor of the company took the stationary home but left it in his room at a rooming house
The landlady of the rooming house confirmed that Fish moved out a couple days ago
William King caught Fish and he did not deny killing Grace Budd Trial and Verdict None of the jurors doubted that Fish was insane. They wanted to find him guilty anyways. They found him to be sane and guilty, and the judge ordered the death sentence. Fish was executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing. He was buried in the Sing Sing Prison Cemetery. Capture
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