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Angel Killer: A True Story of Cannibalism, Crime Fighting, and Insanity in New York City (Kindle Single) by [Blum, Deborah]
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  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Atavist (October 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009TBGVVI
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By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on October 23, 2012
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I don't know why people are drawn to grisly stories about mass murderers, such as Erik Larson's book "The Devil in the White City" (H.H. Holmes during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago) and the film "The Changeling" (based on the Wineville, California "Chicken Coop Murders" in 1928). Nevertheless, many people are intrigued by these stories, wondering how any human being could commit such cold-blooded acts. Author Deborah Blum has brought to light another true story, this one about Hamilton Howard Fish, a real-life boogeyman labeled by the media as the "Gray Man" for his gentle, innocuous appearance. In the 1920s, he abducted and murdered an untold number of children in New York City, often eating their flesh afterward. Fortunately, a dedicated NYPD detective stayed on his trail for years before finding him, not an easy job with the state of crime forensics at that time.

"Angel Killer" was a fascinating account of how the Gray Man came to believe that angels were bringing him God's messages ordering him to kill the children. Equally fascinating were the efforts by his defense attorney to prove that Fish was not guilty by reason of insanity, a very difficult defense then as it is now, but even more so in an era when psychiatry was not as advanced as it is today.

Deborah Blum has done a fine job of telling the gruesome but fascinating story of the Gray Man.
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As a long time fan of Blums book I felt this book delivered, and connected to me on a personal level. As medicated sufferer of schizophrenia I connected with this story and what constitutes insanity. I was nervous to write a review for this as I often have trouble expressing myself and this is such a good book. But after some pushing from my behavior counselor here I am telling you why you should read it. Blum presents Fish not just as a souless monster but as a human being and shows the corruption of the psychiatric system back then. I hope this book is something we can all learn from.
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This is a quick and fast-paced read. Blum creates a chilling portrait of serial killer Albert Fish and raises a difficult question--was he evil or insane? And what's the difference between those two possibilities anyway? This is more than just a crime story -- it's a deep look into human nature.

Angel Killer is a must-read for anyone struggling to understand why mass murders do what they do.
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I read this in one evening, because I couldn't put it down. I read about the book on Deborah Blum's Twitter feed and downloaded that day. I've been a fan of hers since I listened to her being interviewed on several podcasts on her book The Poisoner's Handbook.

Also the topic is gruesome, she does not dwell on details. If you're looking for gore, this is not the book. If you are interested in bits of history and how one community was affected by a serial killer, download it!
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The Grey Man was the perpetrator of horrible crimes against children. But he saw them as angels in need of purifation, he was commanded by voices and in the service of his insanity. He had been in Bellevue curing the times of his killing, but was ignored I. His quiet persona. He was never evaluated or treated to any degree and was found sane and released. When finally apprehended, he was tried and his insanity defense rejected. At his execution, he had no real sense of his situation.
We are given information on his crimes, but also his life. The jury in fact knew he was insane but feared to release him to forensic institution. This book examines the question, how we as a society should deal with the insane who harm us? Is treatment mandated, and if so where. This is a small novella with large questions.
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Creepy, but informative. Thank goodness we have much improved detective methods. Also gives a bit of insight into this killers own pathology which had its genesis in his childhood. This book is NOT for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach.
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Having heard of Albert Fish for years this is an engrossing and factual look at his deeds and the times he lived in. Blum is an outstanding popular historical writer. "Poisoner' s Handbook" is not to be missed if you love this genre.
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By RumbleStrip on February 4, 2015
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The book was short, but to the point. It didn't give you a lot of details (I often found myself hoping the book would delve a little more into the story.) Albert Fish is a very notable, but forgotten killer. This was the first book I had really read about him, and I actually read another book about him because this one peaked my interest.
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