In Back Of This House One Of The Most Horrendous Killings In New York History Occurred
You may or may not believe that houses have vibes, memories or energies surrounding them. But regardless of your beliefs, would you want to live on a property where a serial killer committed a murder so horrific that the police did not initially believe the details of the confession?
In a bucolic town in Westchester, NY, you can buy the three acre property where serial killer Albert Fish took and brutally killed ten-year-old Grace Budd on June 3, 1928.
Asking price – $799,900.
The home shown in the contemporary photograph above and in the vintage news photograph on the left was once known as Wisteria House, an 1860 villa in what was once Greenburgh, NY, and is now part of the town of Irvington.
Obviously the real estate agent listing the home will not advertise the fact, that on this property right behind the old home was where Wisteria Cottage stood (shown in photo to the right). This is where Albert Fish strangled, dismembered and later, at his own home, ate Grace Budd.
To say Albert Fish was one of the most heinous people who ever walked the earth would be an understatement.
Reading Fish’s life story is to uncover the debaucheries of a real life Hannibal Lecter as described in Silence of the Lambs.
When Albert Fish was finally apprehended in 1934, thanks to the relentless police work of New York City Detective William F. King of the Missing Persons Bureau, Fish admitted to murdering at least three people, and probably committed dozens of other killings. After extensively interviewing Fish, Dr. Frederic Wertham, one of the defense psychiatrists, believed that Fish had raped and tortured at least one hundred children.
Fish had been arrested for other petty crimes as far back as 1905 and probably began murdering people in the 1910’s according to his captors. He had been evaluated at Bellevue twice in the 1930’s. So why did this monster escape detection of his egregious crimes for so long?
One of the reasons he was free to roam Dr. Wertham explained was, “Fish looked like a meek and innocuous little old man, gentle and benevolent, friendly and polite. If you wanted someone to entrust your children to, he would be the one you would choose.”
Wertham then added that Fish as the most complex example of a “polymorphous pervert” he had ever known – someone who had practiced every perversion and deviation known to man, from sodomy to sadism, eating excrement and self mutilation.
Besides torturing and eating children, over the years Fish had inserted 29 needles into his pelvic and scrotum area.
In March of 1935 after a ten day trial at which his insanity plea was rejected, the jury took three and a half hours to find Albert Fish guilty of Grace Budd’s murder. He was sentenced to death by electrocution. Fish was very excited by the prospect of being electrocuted. “Going to the electric chair will be the supreme thrill of my life,” Fish proclaimed upon hearing the sentence.
On the evening of January 16, 1936 at Sing Sing prison, Fish climbed into the seat and readily helped the guards fix the electrodes to his legs. Two jolts of electricity were given and three minutes later Albert Fish was dead. At age 65, Fish became the oldest person ever put to death at Sing Sing.
Wisteria House was abandoned when Albert Fish wandered its halls and rooms. Wisteria Cottage is long gone from the property. But would you want to live here?