Hamilton Albert Fish the serial killer was executed in the electric chair. Many executions happened throughout the 20th century in the Sing Sing death house including Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Mason was looking up the date of Hamilton Albert Fish’s execution when she stumbled onto the article that inspired the film while she was a volunteer art teacher at Sing Sing through Rehabilitation Through The Arts.
This historic mansion in the Bronx, is the former residence of Aaron Burr- the man who shot and killed Alexander Hamilton – who interestingly is the namesake of the film’s protagonist Hamilton Fish II. As the story goes, revolutionary war hero Nicholas Fish named his son in his friend Alexander Hamilton’s honor after the duel which ended his life.
The grotto is on the site of the Garrison Institute, a former Capuchin Monastery. The Garrison Institute is now a center for study and meditation. However it is built upon the estate of Governor Hamilton Fish, whose actual mansion can still be seen if one walks through the brambles behind the building- the mansion is now in disrepair having been previously occupied by a convent and primary school.
Untermyer Park is a Beaux Arts garden pavilion developed by the lawyer Samuel Untermyer for the occasion of his daughter’s wedding. The haunting landscape sits near Sleepy Hollows and is controlled by the Parks Department of Yonkers – which is near to the location where Grace Budd’s body was discovered.
The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden occupies a home that was purchased by a German immigrant named Conrad Voelcker who emigrated from Germany in 1881. It is located in Flushing, Queens, New York. Debra Silverfine, the director of the museum has been a great supporter of the film.