Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Fiendish Killer!

Deranged The Shocking True Story of America s Most Fiendish Killer Librarian s note Alternate cover edition of ISBN He bore the name of a great American family and soaked that name in blood In May a kindly old man came to the door of the Budd family

  • Title: Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America's Most Fiendish Killer!
  • Author: Harold Schechter
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Librarian s note Alternate cover edition of ISBN 0671678752.He bore the name of a great American family and soaked that name in blood In May, 1928, a kindly old man came to the door of the Budd family home in New York City A few days later, he persuaded Mr and Mrs Budd to let him take their adorable little girl, Grace, on an outing Albert Fish appeared to be a harmLibrarian s note Alternate cover edition of ISBN 0671678752.He bore the name of a great American family and soaked that name in blood In May, 1928, a kindly old man came to the door of the Budd family home in New York City A few days later, he persuaded Mr and Mrs Budd to let him take their adorable little girl, Grace, on an outing Albert Fish appeared to be a harmless, white haired grandfather The Budds never guessed that they had entrusted their child to a monster.Six years later, after a relentless search by a New York detective and nationwide press coverage, the mystery of Grace Budd s disappearance was finally solved and an unparalleled crime of gore and horror was revealed The truth behind Grace s murders was so revolting, so shocking, that it changed American society forever What Albert Fish did to Grace Budd, and perhaps fifteen other young children, went beyond every parent s worst nightmare And he did it in a way that caused experts to pronounce him the most deranged human being they had ever seen.

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    1. In terms of sheer numbers, Albert Fish would seem to be little more 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 more crimes of kidnapping, torture, murder and cannibalism: mainly perpetrated on young boys and occasionally girls, who, if prepubescent, were similar e [...]

    2. 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 just 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 say.Sadly, Deranged: The Shocking True Story of America’s Most Fiendish Killer, is, despite it’s eye-grabbing National Enquireresque title, pretty much a terrible book.And worse, I didn’t [...]

    3. 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 more. I could not put it down – I read it whenever I could and was captured from the very first words: “Every perio [...]

    4. 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 taint.Albert 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 victims.I've never read such a shocking account of depra [...]

    5. "Though his name has faded from public memory, his presence is inescapable." Personally, for me this is one of the most terrible serial killers 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 man [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 disorganised.People were so trusting back in the day. "Yes strange, creepy man. You can take my daughter to a party" I also think Fish should of been studied and analysed before he was electrocuted.

    8. This is the story of Albert Fish - child killer and cannibal.He was every parent's worst nightmare until he was caught by the cop who wouldn't give up the search.This book will sicken and sadden you, but, in the end, when he is strapped in "the chair" you will breathe a sigh of relief knowing that this monster will never, ever harm another child.Rest In Peace Billy Gaffney (Age 4)Francis McDonnell (Age 8)Grace Budd (Age 10)And the ones who remain nameless .

    9. 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 hell in a hand basket in no time flat. My issue with this book was not the content, not exactly. Sure, Albert Fish was a particularly disturbed individual and he did some horrible things. If he lived in a more current time, perhaps he would have been able to re [...]

    10. Albert Fish es también conocido como el "Hombre gris", "El hombre lobo de Wysteria" y posiblemente con su calificativo más ridículo "El vampiro de Brooklyn". Muchas cosas se han dicho sobre Fish, la mayoría mitos o exageraciones basadas en el excéntrico personaje. Fish confesó 3 homicidios que la policía fue capaz de investigar y relacionar con el sujeto. Fue sometido a juicio por el asesinato de Grace Budd, condenado y ejecutado. Esa es al versión corta y certera, lo interesante está e [...]

    11. If you are a fan of the true crime genre, I imagine you would really enjoy this. I don't generally like true crime books, but I really enjoyed Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, and while walking through the airport recently, I saw he had another book out. Upon arrival at my destination, I looked up the reviews of Larson's new book and saw many readers recommending this author, Harold Schechter, if you liked Larson's books. I was intrigued and searched for Schechter, then purchased this, hi [...]

    12. I don't know if it's age or motherhood, but I feel an urge to bathe to "cleanse" myself after having read the book. Perhaps I no longer have the stomach to read true crime books of this nature, especially ones dealing with such atrocities committed toward children. I tend to agree with the defense attorney that Albert Fish must have been insane, for I cannot imagine how a sane person would have had committed so many depravities as he had done. In fact, in their own words, most of the jurors had [...]

    13. So disturbing. People thing Ed Gein (the inspiration behind Leatherface) was a horror figureGein has nothing on Albert Fish. OMG. I will never look at old, grandfatherly types the same.

    14. Wow. Albert Fish is a supremely disturbed man. The tortures he inflicted on small children are beyond some of the most heinous encounters I've ever read. It breaks my heart to think of the pain and torments he put his victims through. He should of died 100 times over in the electric chair. I freaked out a little bit when I found a bloody fingerprint on one of the pages in my used copy of this book. Hopefully someone just nicked themselves and they weren't masochistically stabbing themselves with [...]

    15. As in other true crime reviews, the rating I've given doesn't literally mean that I 'enjoyed' it, but that I found it a thoroughly interesting book that made me think a lot about the topic.I am firmly against the death penalty, but this book is the only time I have thought that a person might truly be better off dead. More for the man himself than for the terrible crimes he committed. For his crimes the court should have put him in prison and thrown away the key, certainly, but this book made me [...]

    16. I don't rate this book four stars for the content, because let's be real: any book that describes in detail the acts of a man so horrific as Albert Fish was (gory murders and cannibalism included), is not exactly a book you read for the content. I read this because I'm a criminal justice major and it's important for me to understand people like Albert Fish, even if I can't understand what he did.I rated this four stars because the writing was pretty decent, if sensationalised sometimes to the po [...]

    17. What a disturbing man. Albert Fish is a monster. He was made, that's a given. I don't think many want to admit that a society can make such a dark and disturbing man. This book tracks the life and crimes (however not all the crimes) of Albert Fish and his years of abuse and fantasies. He carried out many of his sick and warped fantasies but what is creepy is thinking what sick fantasies did he really have--those that he didn't carry out.I was creeped out by the man. This book isn't for the weak. [...]

    18. You know that feeling when you get a little bit sick, cold and just feel the need for a blummin good shower, well that's how I feel having read this book.The fact that it was a true account of one mans depravity and unbelievable cruelty just makes it even more scary. I live in the hope that if Albert Fish was around today, committing such heinous crimes, the police would be much quicker to act. The naivety of the 1920's police is nearly as shocking as the crimes themselves, although to be fair, [...]

    19. I rated this 3 stars, not because it wasn't a well-written and fascinating, if disturbing, book; but because it was written too much like a novel. At several points I found myself wondering how Mr. Schechter could have possibly known certain things. I don't doubt that perhaps these things are written down somewhere, but I would like to know where the information came from. That being said, I found this book to be well-written and extremely disturbing. Do not read this anywhere near mealtime unle [...]

    20. On June 3 1928, a kindly, elderly benefactor showed up at the Budd family home and offered to take their daughter, Grace, to a niece's birthday party. Grace was never seen or heard from again and it would take six years for the ghastly truth of what happened to emerge. I read a fair amount of true-crime stories, and this is one of the most gruesome I've ever read. Highly recommend this if you're into the true-crime genre.

    21. On Sunday, November 13, 2005 I wrote about this book:My first book by Harold Schechter and still one of his best.My copy is much older and 1th printThis was another really shocking story. I love the way this author writes.

    22. Harold Schechter's account of cannibal killer Albert Fish. He lured 10 year old Grace Bud to her death by telling her parents he would like to take her to his niece's birthday party. He then took Grace to an isolated vacation cabin and murdered her.

    23. if you like true crime. if you like serial killers. if you like to be made sick by a book about creepy old men with needles in their crotch. then i recommend you read the hell out of this book.

    24. So, this probably isn't a book for everyone. The reason Albert Fish doesn't come up often in discussions of history's greatest monsters can be chalked up to his crimes being so ghastly—the ones we know about, actually. Fish's story is a globetrotting early 20th century journey propelled by sexual sadism, murder, and religious mania, with children being his choice of victims. Instead of telling Fish's story chronologically, Schechter instead starts with the stories of his three most notable vic [...]

    25. this was a bit better than The Last Victim i just recently read. i knew about fish and most of his history before this book, sometimes diff authors take on other things, it was alright i was bit bored reading about how the police over and over and over again went to the wrong clue or lead, we got it after the first time, but how about after that just hint there were more mistakes that had no bearing on the case other than it took forever to find him. i mean seriously. this does not give much ins [...]

    26. Although the author has the annoying habit of speculating about what the real people in this book thought, said, and did (in an effort to make the proceedings more novelistic), he cleans up his act by the time he gets to Fish's trial and the results are devastating. How much of what Fish confessed was fantasy or a desperate man's attempt to convince the judge and jury of his insanity and escape death, I suppose we'll never know.

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