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