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FREE READ ´ MYMAXLINKS.US ó Harold SchechterAppen in the 1920s what could possibly be out there today The acts that Fish committed were the stuff that no fictional artist could imagine It takes a specific kind of individual to even come close to thinking of the things that Fish practiced his whole life I am not a person that thrives on the lowest of humanity or on being able to stomach the horrific Still I chose to read a book this book which includes all of the above and I could not put it down I read it whenever I could and was captured from the very first words Every period is known not only by its heroes bu In terms of sheer numbers Albert Fish would seem to be little than a lightweight in the annals of crime he was only charged with and found guilty of one murder But that one highly disturbing case the brazen 1928 kidnapping and brutal killing of a New York City 10 year old Grace Budd eventually brought about Fish s confessions to many crimes of kidnapping torture murder and cannibalism mainly perpetrated on young boys and occasionally girls who if prepubescent were similar enough to young boys in their androgyny to suit Fish s predilections No one knows how many victims Fish had during a criminal career that spanned than 50 years beginning with petty crimes and evolving into unspeakable ones that dovetailed into his auto erotic preferences for sadism pain and religious fantasies He may have abused by his own admission 25 to 30 children a year and possibly torture murdered 15 His victims may have numbered in the hundredsWhatever the case and as this book makes clear Fish was one of the sickest persons who ever livedThis incredible true crime book expertly structured finds a happy medium between meticulous detail and lightning paced narrative It details the disappearances of Fish s first known victims though there were likely many before those the frustrating failed investigations into those cases and the appearance of a kindly old stranger named Frank Howard who seemingly in the commission of good deeds conned his way into the Budd home and stole a little girl right from her own kitchen with the clueless consent of her parents As the book shortly reveals Howard was none other than Fish an otherwise seemingly kindly family man who never harmed his own children but as an itinerant house painter committed atrocities in as many as 23 states leaving no traces of himself and a trail of violated kidsThe Budd case outraged and frightened the public and if not for the kind of dogged investigatory patience of Detective William King a real hero who devoted time to the case than any detective would likely dedicate today or would be allowed to by budget and time strapped departments as well as Fish s own momentary carelessness and the divine intervention of a well placed cockroach the case might never have been solvedSchechter stays his hand beautifully in this book letting the case unfold naturally only giving the reader details of the true nature of Fish as his trial proceeds in the latter part of the book The details of his religious manias and drive for self torture sticking alcohol soaked rags up his ass and lighting them or sticking dozens of pins in his lower body and the torture of others in similar ways are excruciating to comprehend Fish was a pedophile sadist cannibal and much The infliction of pain on himself and others gave him orgasms He took particular delight in sending obscene letters in response to classified newspaper ads writing to strangers about his desires to have them mercilessly spank his fictitious retarded son Bobby He also enjoyed golden showers and eating shit He was obsessed by the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac believing God commanded him to sacrifice children and subseuently torturing himself painfully believing that same God was commanding him to atone for his sins The book details a innocent time and in some sense shows how the lack of knowledge about sex in those repressed times led people to discount its existence particularly the existence of people who practiced extreme forms of criminal sexual behavior Fish as it happened had been picked up and held briefly at least six times by the New York City police and served a short psychiatric stint in Bellevue before being released deemed harmless by the authoritiesThe trial of Fish is thrillingly recounted here by Schechter Fish s well selected attorney James Dempsey gave a brilliant performance in attempting to use the insanity "Plea To Keep Fish "to keep Fish the electric chair Dempsey s courtroom dramatics and rapier comebacks remind me of another brilliant defense attorney of that era Clarence Darrow Defense attorneys back then were so kick assFish was a fascinating case of guilt and remorselessness of normalcy alternating with extreme perversion and yet somehow because of the attitudes of the day his eccentricities beating himself bloody with a nail paddle while masturbating claiming Jesus told him to do bad things or playing weird flagellation games with his stepdaughters while nearly nude were tolerated and dismissed among family members as ust the odd habits of a dear old man The Fish case is chilling and disturbing to the max Gray and wizened and stooped he seemed harmless As a criminal specter he was known AS THE GRAY MAN AND THE BOGEYMAN THE SITE the Gray Man and the Bogeyman The site the Budd murder an abandoned house in rural Westchester County NY known as Wisteria Cottage is as can be seen in photos in the book one of the creepiest places you ll ever encounterAs a psychologist who testified at Fish s trial said To the best of my medical knowledge every sexual abnormality that I have ever heard of this man has practiced not only has he thought about it not only has he daydreamed about it but he has practiced itThis is one of the
true crime I ve read and certainly any writer who would make this case dull reading should be banished from the writing profession In this Schechter does not disappoint If you can handle being exceedingly disturbed this is an essential read about the incredible brutality that can emanate from the human soul. Ter a relentless six year search and nationwide press coverage the mystery of Grace Budd's disappearance was solved and a crime of unparalleled gore and revulsion was revealed to a stunned American public What Albert Fish did to Grace Budd and perhaps fifteen other young children caused experts to pronounce him the most deranged human being they had ever se. .best true crime
Creationism in Europe job as always I d like to have a serious talk with this editor and how much work she actually completed with Schechter Not only were there typos and grammatical problems but the sentence structure and overall layout of the book provided a very choppy picture At times it was difficult to read dipping into the realms of high school history reports The run on sentences could have been easily fixed with some added punctuation Or even better cutting whole sections out entirely I think Schechter could have made the same if not a better impact with 100 fewer pages There were paragraphs that did not even relate to the current content There were entire chapters I honestly skipped after I realized he decided to go on a field trip tangent about some other event There are good and bad ways to incorporate related ideas With Deranged it felt like the author could not keep his focus And this led to repetition and over the top long winded theories I think he took a lesson from the Dempsey lawyer because it also took Schechter 15000 words and 45 typed pages to get out one statementGripe 2 WHERE ARE YOUR SOURCESI cannot in my right mind give a nonfiction title greater than 1 star if there is no bibliography index footnotes or any recognition from the author that he used outside sources to compile his book Any researcher librarian or freakin high school student knows that a source is not credible if they do not cite resources I m not asking for muchust some proof that what Schechter presented was factual He did uote some newspapers which was nice However I still wanted those newspapers to be listed in a bibliography or at least a note of which database he used to find the prints Without it I have to say that Schechter painted a fictional portrait of a serial killer The accounts in this book are way too specific to be real It reads like fiction most likely because a lot of it is The dialogue has no basis and plenty of it would not have been recorded in any form So how did Schechter know who said what and when It was conjecture And I m fine with conjecture as long as the author makes a note of it Erik Larson author of Devil in the White City among others at least gives us that He adds a forward to his books that lets us know that some conversations were fabricated to help with the facts Any nonfiction writer worth his salt should know this I Do Not Trust Schechter And his lack of refinement in this category really irked me to no end Sure I could do my own research to back up his information but that s not the point of reading nonfiction I should not have to double check the author s work Nonfiction should not come with homework unless you are writing a paper and using it as a source hah For all I know Schechter wrote this book by looking through blogs and Wikipedia So no Just no Albert Fish was a monster who preyed mainly on black children by his own admission This book only focuses on the white children The author struggles to stay on topic because of that the book felt disorganisedPeople were so trusting back in the day Yes strange creepy man You can take my daughter to a partyalone I also think Fish should of been studied and analysed before he was electrocuted Though his name has faded from public memory his presence is inescapable Personally for me this is ONE OF THE MOST TERRIBLE SERIAL of the most terrible serial of all time Albert Fish This is one f d up gramps A detailed story of the difficult hunt for him by the police and of the atrocious crimes he committed in the late 1920s He did not kill as many as other notorious serial killers but his modus operandi and the fact that he got away with it for so long is absolutely shocking This book focuses on many of the cases including the New York kidnappings of Grace Bubb Billy Gaffney and Francis Mcdonnell But the court case will haunt me for a long time A few times while reading this book it literally gave me the chills and I needed to get an extra blanket The fact that no one could link the missing children from over the years to one another and even fact that no one could link the missing children from over the years to one another and even he admitted to his crimes once caught no one can tell for sure how many innocent victims died viciously or were tortured at his hands but it is believed that it is in the 100s The acts that this human monster committed doesn t come close to any fictional character I read about in horror books And if it does the author s got some serious issues ust thinking it up in the first placeIn a very real sense a cockroach had led to the capture of Albert Fish My personal opinion about his case He should not have been sent to the electric chair Why Because he was a man that enjoyed self infliction as much as he thrived on torturing children It was probably the ultimate thrill being shocked to death with a self inflicted carved cross on his torso from a sharpened chicken bone and 29 needles that he shoved into his friggen asshole This dude did not deserve to live but he definitely deserved a slow boring AF death with no excitementHarold Schechter is my all time favorite true crime author This man can write a story so well the fear he brings out of you through his historical storytelling and the facts that are so detailed makes you feel like you are living in that era and reading the daily tabloids I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to in that era and reading the daily tabloids I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to a better understanding of humanity because facing the lowest of humanity without looking away or shutting a book can make you aware But I don t think he was human If this could Hile sadist and cannibal killer and discover that bloodlust knows no time or placeOn a warm spring day in 1928 a kindly white haired man appeared at the Budd family home in New York City and soon persuaded Mr and Mrs Budd to let him take their adorable little girl Grace on an outing The Budds never guessed that they had entrusted their child to a monster Af. ,
One of the worse killers ever the chair was to good for him This is the story of Albert Fish child killer and cannibalHe was every parent s worst nightmare until he was caught by the cop who wouldn t give up the searchThis book will sicken and sadden you but in the end when he is strapped in the chair you will br I ve always been fascinated by Albert Fish and I thought I knew all about him I was wrong Schechter has a way of making you feel like you re there and you can see it all perfectly clear I knew Fish was incredibly depraved and disturbed but the extent of the horrors he inflicted on innocent children was far beyond anything I thought I knew It takes a lot to creep me out Fish creeps me out This book creeps me out It s well written and the facts are solid Anyone who is interested in true crime particularly the psychology of serial killers although Fish wasn t exactly a typical case should read this book A true crime book that completely lives up to its title I don t believe I ve ever read of so appalling a catalogue of crimes before and am shortly off to give myself a good scrub to get rid of their taintAlbert Fish was a harmless looking old man whose appearance masked a truly depraved personality host to an incredibly long list of sexual and religious perversions amongst other things Fish was a child killer who tortured and ate his victimsI ve never read such a shocking account of depravity but was also surprised by many other aspects of the case The police in the 1920 s seem an altogether naive bunch than those around now when Grace Budd and the other children initially goes missing it seems unfathomable to them that anyone would be kidnapping a child for anything other than ransom both rather popular criminal activities in the 20s and many parents were unaware also unlike parents of today who are hyperaware of paedophiles and child murderersAlso surprising though it probably shouldn t be was the sensationalism of the tabloids with one particularly lurid account of The Mirror going so far as to provide step by step illustration of Grace s murder culminating in a close up of the little girl s strangulationI was taken aback at how little time the psychiatrists for both the prosecution and the defence spent with Fish once captured in an effort to ascertain if he was insane Though the defence managed to spend a total of 12 hours with him those for the prosecution managed a single visit of ust 3 hours The legal side to this argument was fascinating and I did spend some time myself uestioning how I would have decided had I been a Golf by the Numbers juror to be able to commit such awful crimes Fish was surely insane though he wasn t without his reason and I fully sympathise with theurors who had to sit through such detailed testimonies and decide whether the man lived or died There was no hope that the man could be rehabilitated in any way and punishment was like sexual reward to him so while I don t personally support the death penalty I can understand why many of the urors saw fit to have him executed even while believing he was insane Personally I can t help but think that there would have been benefit to society Had Members Of The Psychiatric Profession Been members of the psychiatric profession Been To Speak To And to speak to and from him insteadSimply and straightforwardly written there were only a couple of occurrences that didn t sit right with me where the author attempts to present some moments inside the mind of the killer While I appreciate that some of Fish s thoughts and feelings from the time could have been gleaned from his interviews these couple of instances felt like supposition and were the sort of sensationalism I expect from the tabloids than from a decent ournalist That said I will be seeking out of Schechter s work Can a book be terrible A book can be bad it can be boring it can be poorly written but I like to think that ust by being a book it s exempt from being thought of as terrible Terrible like Ivan Terrible like children who are two Terrible like some of the things Ann Coulter and Rick Santorum saySadly Deranged The Shocking True Story of America s Most Fiendish Killer is despite it s eye grabbing National Enuireresue title pretty much a terrible bookAnd worse I didn t find it terrible because of the gruesome subject matter but because it s not only poorly written and it s not only boring but it reads like a shortcut seeking high school student s book report And by shortcut seeking I mean the type of book report that was written in a hurry by someone not being familiar with the book and relying only on the synopsis on the book s dust acketThe subject of the book Albert Fish was a serial killer who committed crimes too horrible for me to mention here He was born in 1870 to a supposedly distinguished family that suffered from histories of mental illness After his father died when he was five years old Fish was sent to an orphanage and it was there where the seeds that would shape his future obsessions and behaviors were planted That is about the extent of the man s biography shared in the book THOROUGH HUH MORE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION IS GIVEN ABOUT A huh More biographical information is given about a serial killer Fritz Haarmann than about Albert FishThe rest of the book is made up of boring long winded accounts of Fish s two final crimes the city wide manhunt and his subseuent arrest and conviction and it reads like everything was simply lifted out of old newspapers And the narrative it Liberty Arrives! just goes on and on and on andLet me save you some time Fish was tried and despiteurors saying they believed he was insane they also believed he should die for his crimes so they found him sane and he was put to death in the electic chair in the Sing Sing Correctional Facility Too bad he wasn t holding this book when they pulled the switchYou guessed it I wouldn t recommend this book to anyone I do not mind true crime I enjoy watching Criminal Minds I understand why it s a popular genre Many have a certain curiosity for the macabre and delving into the deranged minds of criminals gives us a glimpse of how humanity can go to he. Lured From The Safety Of Home Into The Jaws Of HellAmerica's principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers The Boston Book Review Harold Schechter shatters the myth that violent crime is a modern phenomenon with this seamless true account of unvarnished horror from the early twentieth century Journey inside the demented mind of Albert Fish pedop.