The Grey Man
"The bogeyman took him..."
In November 1938, Mrs. Delia Budd of Manhattan received an anonymous letter claiming responsibility for the disappearance of her young daughter, who had vanished some six years previously. The letter described how the kidnapper had visited the Budd family home, and how ten-year-old Grace had agreed to go with him to a birthday party. When the young girl failed to return, the Budd’s soon realised she had been taken. The letter presented a terrifying picture of the author’s intentions and the gruesome fate that awaited Grace Budd. This letter would however prove to be the killer’s undoing, and lead detectives straight to him. Albert Fish was the quintessential boogyman, the stuff of nightmares for children and parents alike. A child rapist, serial killer and cannibal, Fish confessed to other crimes but was suspected of the unsolved murders of many more children who vanished. After his trial for the Budd murder, Fish was executed at Sing Sing for his unspeakable crimes.