Recently we were getting ready for bed here and thought we would cue up a bit of a documentary while putting away the day and progressing into the night. When we saw one named Albert Fish, I did not know who the name belonged to, but D did and suggested I cue that up for a quick look see.
It took about 5 minutes for me to be so disgusted, horrified, and just plain grossed-out by Albert Fish that I could. not. look. away from the TV. I ended up staying up until an ungodly hour of the morning, even for me, to see the end of the documentary – to find out what happened to this man.
I may not have been as interested as I was if I had not found the documentary to be really well-done. It tells the story of Albert Fish in a back and forth manner while interspersing dramatic reenactments, commentary and religious symbolism.
I particularly liked that this documentary did not seek to demonize Albert Fish any further than his actions already had appropriately demonized him but instead contained commentary from people such as Joe Coleman and a female psychiatrist (or similar) whose name escapes me.
Joe Coleman made a point that Albert Fish was a dark Shaman who had a purpose for being. I don’t know that I would express such a thought that way, but I do understand where Joe Coleman came from when he said that and his next statements concerning how, because of Fish’s darkness and sadistic behaviors, he may have reached a different point of existence in his mind.
I see this as Coleman suggesting that in his gruesome killings Fish entered an almost meditatively dark state that would take him to a deep, bad place in his mind that is the antithesis of the place of light “good people” go when they meditate or attempt to transcend into different levels of the mind. I will confess to never having thought about such a thing on my own, and I can appreciate the concept greatly now that it has been planted in my own mind.
The female psychiatrist (she may have had a different professional label), also sought to explain how it is not difficult for a person like Fish to have Albert Fish the church-goer and father and Albert Fish the horrible madman inside of him.
Most people would rather not have gruesome murders and child abduction, killing, torture, and cannibalism in the world – that is such an obvious statement that it really goes without saying. I think the Albert Fish documentary acknowledges that, but also states that, basically, since this horrible thing and these horrible things did happen, society could learn from the situation.