Grace Budd: Victim
Fiction writers frequently plumb headlines for story or character ideas. Many of crime fiction's best known figures and plot devices are based upon real criminals and criminal events. Albert Fish, the cannibal and killer of children, has echoes in one of the best-known literary characters of recent history, Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
Murder holds the most fascination of any crime. Part of the allure of a "good" murder is the questions that arise from the civilized folk: "How could he do that?" "She did what? Why?" Another
element is the anarchy of murder most people operate within the bounds of society's laws; a murderer, on the other hand, has no such cons