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Albert Fish: Serial Killer/Cannibal

Posted in Serial Killers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2011 by elgrayso

Albert Fish

Albert Fish

Hamilton Howard “Albert” Fish (May 19, 1870 – January 16, 1936) was an American serial killer. He was also known as the Gray Man, the Werewolf of Wysteria, the Brooklyn Vampire, and The Boogeyman. A child rapist and cannibal, he boasted that he “had children in every state,” and at one time put the figure at around 100. However, it is not clear whether he was talking about rapes or cannibalization, less still as to whether he was telling the truth. He was a suspect in at least five murders in his lifetime. Fish confessed to three murders that police were able to trace to a knownhomicide, and he confessed to stabbing at least two other people. He was put on trial for thekidnapping and murder of Grace Budd, and was convicted and executed by electric chair. [from Wikipedia]

Grace Budd

Grace Budd

…in November 1933, an anonymous letter was sent to the girl’s parents which led the police to Albert Fish. Mrs. Budd was illiterate and could not read the letter herself, so she had her son read it to her.The unaltered letter is quoted below, complete with Fish’s misspellings and grammatical errors:

Dear Mrs. Budd. In 1894 a friend of mine shipped as a deck hand on the Steamer Tacoma, Capt. John Davis. They sailed from San Francisco for Hong Kong, China. On arriving there he and two others went ashore and got drunk. When they returned the boat was gone. At that time there was famine in China. Meat of any kind was from $1–3 per pound. So great was the suffering among the very poor that all children under 12 were sold for food in order to keep others from starving. A boy or girl under 14 was not safe in the street. You could go in any shop and ask for steak—chops—or stew meat. Part of the naked body of a boy or girl would be brought out and just what you wanted cut from it. A boy or girl’s behind which is the sweetest part of the body and sold as veal cutlet brought the highest price. John staid [sic] there so long he acquired a taste for human flesh. On his return to N.Y. he stole two boys, one 7 and one 11. Took them to his home stripped them naked tied them in a closet. Then burned everything they had on. Several times every day and night he spanked them – tortured them – to make their meat good and tender. First he killed the 11 year old boy, because he had the fattest ass and of course the most meat on it. Every part of his body was cooked and eaten except the head—bones and guts. He was roasted in the oven (all of his ass), boiled, broiled, fried and stewed. The little boy was next, went the same way. At that time, I was living at 409 E 100 St. near—right side. He told me so often how good human flesh was I made up my mind to taste it. 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. I went upstairs and stripped all my clothes off. I knew if I did not I would get her blood on them. When all was ready I went to the window and called her. Then I hid in a closet until she was in the room. When she saw me all naked she began to cry and tried to run down the stairs. I grabbed her and she said she would tell her mamma. First I stripped her naked. How she did kick – bite and scratch. I choked her to death, then cut her in small pieces so I could take my meat to my rooms. Cook and eat it. How sweet and tender her little ass was roasted in the oven. It took me 9 days to eat her entire body. I did not fuck her tho [sic] I could of had I wished. She died a virgin.

from "The Life And Crimes Of Albert Fish" by Nicolas C. Grey

One Got Fat

Posted in Animals, Death, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2011 by elgrayso

UPDATE (sep/2011): I have since learned of the Rifftrax of this very film

Hitler

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2011 by elgrayso
Hitler

Hitler in a photomontage by Erwin Blumenfeld

Hitler Skull Stamp

…an interesting variant of the OSS Hitler skull stamp that was produced by U.S. agents in Berne. The 45-pfennig propaganda variant depicts Hitler more crude, skull-like and horrific than the regular OSS parody stamp, and the “45” denomination probably indicates the year 1945. The text on the stamp is Futsches Reich. [text from this site]

Hitler greeted by Catholic Bishop

Hitler as a baby

The Art of Nick Blinko

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , on January 19, 2011 by elgrayso
Nick Blinko (born 4 September 1961) is a British musician, lyricist, and artist best known as the lead singer, lyricist and guitar player for the British band Rudimentary Peni. He is also known for being an “outsider” artist who creates all the drawings used by the band for its artwork. [from wikipedia

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One of Blinko’s drawings

Nick Blinko suffers from schizophrenia and supposedly once believed himself to be the Pope. Many of his nightmarishly detailed drawings focus on religion and death. Unfortunately, nobody has published a book of his art, which is so painstakingly detailed that Google images do not do them justice. So far, the only way to obtain his art is by buying the Rudimentry Peni albums (I own them all ;-) ), aside from a few illustrations in his book, The Primal Screamer, which is a hard to obtain novel.

A small collection of his artwork can be viewed here, and a popular article on Nick Blinko can be found here.

As far as his music is concerned, I would recommend Rudimentary Peni’s EPs of RP. (Which apparently goes for about $60 nowadays!)

Introduction

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2011 by elgrayso

When I was in 3rd grade or so, I had a friend in my class who owned a peculiar book. From what I remember, it was taller and wider than a regular book, but much thinner and full of nothing but photos. We would look through it from time to time when the teacher wasn’t around and I remember requesting him to bring it on many occasions… a request I would always regret once the day was over and it was bedtime. The subject matter was consistent; dead people. Decomposing people photographed in a portrait like manner.

Specifically, the photos were of remains of coffins that were dug up mere decades after their burial. Probably less time had passed; many of them had suits and dresses on that were not completely eaten away. They were mainly just skeletons with clothes on, and some even had some hair left. One photo was of a woman who apparently was buried alive; a separate photo of the top of the coffin contained scratches and pieces of fingernails.

To this day I do not know what the book was, why it was made or how it fell into the hands of school children … and yes, I would love a copy.

 

this is a blog of the interestingly disturbing…

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