4. Albert Fish

Albert Fish is the worst person who ever lived.

This is not dramatic hyperbole.  It’s not overstatement.  Save your dictators and your run-of-the-mill serial killer arguments and just read the man’s Wikipedia start to finish.  He was called a boogeyman, a werewolf.  But in simpler, more direct terms, he was a cannibal, a sadist, a child rapist and murderer.  He stands as the most distinct measurement of cold human evil perhaps to ever be documented, a man who acted upon one wicked impulse after another, who derived compulsive pleasure from the farthest edges of criminal behavior.

it wasn’t enough for Fish to make victims of his victims.  At times, he would write to torment the victims of the children whose life he took by mailing them detailed accounts of his murder and cannibal consumption, explaining which parts he ate, what songs he sang to them as they died.  His words indicated his own sick pleasure.  From a letter to the mother of ten year old victim Grace Budd.

On Sunday June the 3, 1928 I called on you at 406 W 15 St. Brought you pot cheese—strawberries. We had lunch. Grace sat in my lap and kissed me. I made up my mind to eat her. On the pretense of taking her to a party. You said yes she could go. I took her to an empty house in Westchester I had already picked out. When we got there, I told her to remain outside. She picked wildflowers.

The subsequent detail is too gruesome to re-post.

Fish was a man of unequaled depravity.  So much so that his execution was protested by certain experts in the psychological field, as the academic body became infatuated with this living textbook of evil compulsion.  After his death, metal spikes were found to be self-inserted into Fish’s body in the hip region, final masochistic evidence of his uncontrollable sickness.

Albert Fish claimed to have killed over 100 people, bragging that he ate at least one child in every state.

Level of Skepticism:  I wish it were possible to choose not to believe in Albert Fish.

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