Abstract

Having reportedly victimized hundreds of children in the early 1900s, Albert Fish’s abhorrent,
paraphilic crimes have been the subject of research for the better part of a century. Presently,
much conjecture exists as to whether Fish’s crimes were the result of familial mental illness
(nature) or environmental abuses suffered as a child (nurture). However, it is possible that the
etiology of Fish’s atrocities stem from both the biological and environmental factors outlined in
this piece.