He is arguably the most depraved serial killer in the annals of American crime, a sadist, paedophile, and cannibal who by his own estimation killed as many as 100 children over a murderous career spanning more than two decades.
He was also a reprobate of quite staggering proportions, who practiced so many perversions that his court-appointed psychiatrist called him “the most polymorphous pervert I have ever known.”
The newspapers of the day called him the Gray Man, the Brooklyn Vampire, or the Werewolf of Wisteria.
His real name was Albert Fish.
On Monday, May 28, 1928, Delia Budd answered a knock on her apartment door and found a frail old man standing on the threshold.
He introduced himself as Frank Howard and said he was there in response to an advertisement that Mrs Budd’s 18-year-old
Producer Stephanie Tobey’s riveting and intense documentary “Forever B,” the story of a 12-year-old Idaho girl who is kidnapped twice by a family friend, recently won the Bravery Award at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival. The film screens at DocUtah in September. Tobey, a resident of Manhattan Beach, describes how she got involved in the production.
“A few years ago, my boss, a Hollywood manager, knowing my interest in true crime stories, suggested I read “Stolen Innocence: The Jan Broberg Story,” a fellow employee’s life story. It was the most unbelievable story I had ever read.” Tobey said.
“When I finally met Jan, I was immediately struck by her kindness, intelligence and beauty, but could see that talking about her experience 40 years ago still deeply affected her. Soon after our meeting, the news broke that three girls who had been abducted for over 10 years were found locked in a home
A Tennessee woman tells PEOPLE that Tad Cummins, the teacher accused of kidnapping a student and sparking an ongoing AMBER Alert, may have exhibited similar “grooming” behaviors with her several years ago.
“I definitely think, on his end, it was a bit more than a friendship — its hard not to think that now,” Destany Parrish, 19, tells PEOPLE of her relationship with Cummins several years ago.
Parrish was a student of Cummins’ at Culleoka Unit School in 2011 and 2012, when she was 15 — the same age as Elizabeth Thomas, the teen Cummins is accused of abducting. Thomas and Cummins, 50, have not been seen since March 13.
The father of missing 15-year-old Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas thinks his daughter was preyed upon by her former teacher and alleged abductor, Tad Cummins, while she was at school.
Thomas, who goes by Elizabeth, was reported missing in Maury County, Tennessee, on the afternoon of March 13 — after she asked a friend to drop her off at a local Shoney’s that morning.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation suspects she is now with Cummins, 50, who has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. The latter claim stems from an alleged kiss between him and Thomas in January, on school property, that eventually led to Cummins’ firing, according to the TBI.
“He built up a system where she was dependent on him,” Thomas’ dad, Anthony, says of Cummins’ alleged efforts to woo the high school freshman.
When news broke last weekend that Kamiyah Mobley, snatched from a Florida maternity ward in 1998 when she was only 8 hours old, had been found alive — apparently raised by her accused abductor — many heralded it as a happy resolution.
After years of heartache, Kamiyah’s birth parents prepared to celebrate. Her paternal grandmother called it the day the family had “hoped and prayed” would come.
Kamiyah’s birth mother, Shanara Mobley, remained too overwhelmed with emotion to comment.
“This really is a joyous outcome,” said one former Jacksonville County investigator who had been involved in the case early on, according to First Coast News.
But for the abducted child, now an 18-year-old woman living in Walterboro, S.C., a world of conflicting emotions and glaring attention was just beginning.
The only mother she had ever known, 51-year-old Gloria Williams, was arrested on charges of kidnapping and interference with custody. In a stark South Carolina jailhouse
Kamiyah Mobley, the 18-year-old abducted as a newborn from a Florida hospital and raised by her alleged kidnapper in a South Carolina home, found out she was abducted about two years ago when she went to apply for a job, according to a friend.
“She was upset about it,” Arika Williams, who long believed she was Mobley’s half-sister, tells PEOPLE. “She even stayed home from school the next day.”
Mobley was only hours old on July 10, 1998, when authorities allege Gloria Williams posed as a health care worker and took her from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital maternity ward. According to local reports, Mobley was briefly handed to Williams because her family believed she was a nurse, while hospital staff believed Williams was a relative.