The 5 Most Disturbing Albert Fish Quotes

Albert Fish Quotes

Albert Fish was one of the most prolific and depraved serial killers of the 20th Century. A child-murdering cannibal who had a desire for torture and self-mutilation, Fish was the closest thing to a real-life boogeyman the world has ever seen.

From his arrest in 1934 until his death in 1936, Fish was interviewed extensively by detectives and psychologists. He willingly divulged all of the details of his crimes, and his claims went far beyond what anyone expected. Here are the 5 most disturbing quotes from Albert Fish.

5 Quotes From Albert Fish

Misery leads to crime. I saw so many boys whipped it ruined my mind.”

– Albert Fish
Albert Fish Quote Misery Leads To Crime

Speaking to his designated psychologist Dr. Fredric Wertham, Fish explained his burning obsession with giving and receiving pain. Pain had always been a constant in Fish’s life, from the physical discipline he received as a child to bizarre sexual acts he enjoyed in adulthood. Every aspect of Fish’s character revolved around hurting or being hurt in some way.


I always had a desire to inflict pain on others and to have others inflict pain on me. I always seemed to enjoy everything that hurt.”

– Albert Fish
Inflict Pain On Others Albert Fish Quotes

As a young boy, Fish was sent to an orphanage until he was 10 years old. There, Fish witnessed some harrowing sights, from sexual abuse to strict acts of corporal punishment upon himself and the other boys. These traumatic visuals stayed with Fish until adulthood where he acted them out himself on his own victims.


I like children. They are tasty.”

– Albert Fish
Albert Fish Quote I Like Children They Are Tasty

Albert Fish claimed to have killed and consumed over 100 children throughout his criminal career. Whether or not this is true is the subject of speculation, but Fish certainly cannibalized at least one child during his lifetime. Fish later detailed the ordeal in a vile letter to the victim’s parents.


“What a thrill that will be if I have to die in the electric chair. It will be the supreme thrill. The only one I haven’t tried.”

– Albert Fish
Albert Fish Electric Chair Quote

As well as getting off on acts of sadism and cruelty, Albert Fish was also an extreme masochist. He committed acts of unimaginable agony upon himself, from inserting objects into his genitals to stuffing gasoline-laced cotton up his rectum and setting it alight. Therefore, to a masochistic mind like Fish’s, being electrocuted to death was nothing short of exhilarating.


“I have no particular desire to live. I have no particular desire to be killed. It is a matter of indifference to me. I do not think I am altogether right.”

– Albert Fish
No Desire To Live Albert Fish Quotes About Life

The Gray Man was seemingly unconcerned with the value of human life. In addition to taking it so willingly, he also didn’t care whether he lived or died himself. When Fish was being prepped for the electric chair, he allegedly assisted his executioner in applying the electrodes on his body.

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