1. Albert Fish
Albert Fish was the ultimate in nightmare fuel. He was a sadistic monster who took pleasure in his repulsive acts. Fish kidnapped, murdered, and consumed a 10 year old girl from Manhattan. Years later, Fish taunted the innocent girl’s family by sending a letter to them graphically detailing his crime. Investigators traced the letter back to him and he was arrested and convicted. He was executed on January 16, 1936 at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York.
2. Alfred Packer
On February 9, 1874, Packer, a gold prospector, left with 5 others for an expedition in the Colorado mountains. He returned two months later – alone. He said that he was forced to kill the others in self-defense, and was forced to eat their bodies to survive the elements. While he originally was sentenced to 40-years in prison, he was granted parole because there was doubt about his guilt.
3. Issei Sagawa
Sagawa’s tale is one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice in history. In 1981, he was a Japanese student completing an English Literature degree at the Sorbonne in Paris. He met and murdered Renée Hartevelt, and then proceeded to cannibalize her over the next two days. He was arrested but found unfit for trial due to insanity. However, after a year in a mental institution, a paperwork error allowed him to simply check himself out. He’s now a free man living in Japan.