3. Murder Of Grace Budd
On June 3, 1928, Fish lured 10-year-old Grace Budd from her home and murdered her in cold blood. For two years, the crime baffled detectives. Even the caretaker at the Budd family home was among the accused.
After Fish was arrested, it was revealed that the young girl had not been the intended victim. Fish had seen a classified ad that read: “Young man, 18, wishes position in country. Edward Budd, 406 West 15th Street.”
The ad had been placed by Grace’s older brother, Edward. Fish visited the Budd family home and introduced himself as a farmer who wished to hire the young man, although Fish’s real intention was to mutilate and kill Edward.
When Fish returned to the family home for the second time, he met Grace and changed his mind—deciding to kill the young girl instead. He convinced Grace’s parents to let him take her to a birthday party for his niece. In reality, he had no niece.
Fish took Grace to an abandoned house called Wisteria Cottage where he killed her and cannibalized the remains. It wasn’t until 1934 when her skull was finally discovered.