In the mid-1920s, young children began to vanish from neighborhoods around New York City. It took the police a decade to find their abductor, an unassuming 64-year-old handyman named Albert Fish. Fish had committed crimes of unspeakable horror: He had not only abducted and murdered the children, but also tortured and, in some cases, eaten them. During Fish's trial, some of the country's most prominent psychiatrists debated the exact nature of Fish's crimes. Was he evil or insane? Who had the power to determine where one ended and the other began? At stake was not just the prospect of justice for Fish and his victims, but also the future of the new science of criminal behavior - the idea that society's worst monsters needed to be both punished and understood.
Award-winning journalist Deborah Blum tells the story of a notorious cannibal killer, the detective who brought him to justice, and the scientists who tried to make sense of his crimes.
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Short but chilling...
- Douglas "College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey."
Could Have Been Better
I got this one because I enjoyed listening to "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York (Unabridged)" and expected something similar. While this story is interesting, it just wasn't as good as "The Poisoner's Handbook."
Please, the music! While it was appropriate (maybe) for the time period this tale played out in New York, the music was distracting and by the end of this short story, I was ready for it to be over and done with.
This is a short tale, so maybe hiring a professional actor/narrator wasn't an option, but it took me three (3!) tries to get through this book. Ms. Blum is great at writing a story, but only okay at reading it out loud. (Sorry, Ms. Blum!)
You kind of have to want to hear the story bad enough to get by the music and narration.