Angel Killer: A True Story of Cannibalism, Crime Fighting, and Insanity in New York City [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Angel Killer: A True Story of Cannibalism, Crime Fighting, and Insanity in New York City

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Overview

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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Download the Universe - Annalee Newitz
“[Angel Killer] is more than an elegant true crime story of atrocious transgression and dogged detection. It exposes the origins of a clash between the scientific and religious approaches to punishment."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015494808
  • Publisher: The Atavist
  • Publication date: 10/22/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 99,723
  • File size: 319 KB

Meet the Author

Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer and the author of five books, most recently The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. A professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she has written for Scientific American, Slate, Tin House, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She is currently working on a book about the history of poisonous food.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Short Story

    Don't think you're getting a whole book, 'cause you're not. It's a good story, but not a long one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Okay.

    The book itself was pretty good. However, I do not believe that any serial killer is legally insane. Mentally ill, yes. But mentally ill does not mean a person does not know right from wrong, is insane, or should not be held responsible for their actions. It seems this book was more an excuse for a man's terrible crimes and reasons why he should not have been punished. It is simply another book about why no one should be held responsible for their actions than what happens when they commit horrendous crimes. Being mentally ill does not mean you are insane. Depression is a mental illness as is severe anxiety, but the vast majority of people who have these illnesses, including myself, are not insane - legally or otherwise - and I am sick and tired of people confusing the two.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Ummm...

    Ive never read the book but i cant believe this actually happened!!!

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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