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Fred Rosen is a veteran true crime author with over 25 books published world-wide including the classic “Lobster Boy,” Rosen is also the award winning crime historian who wrote “The Historical Atlas of American Crime.” A former columnist for The New York Times, he is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Ulster County Community College of SUNY. His frequent media appearances as a crime expert include Dateline NBC, Inside Edition and MSNBC. He’s written for all the major magazines including Cosmopolitan, Penthouse, and The Reader’s Digest.
Grady Franklin Stiles, Jr., was born in Pittsburgh on July 18, 1937, the sixth in a long line of lobster-men (preceded by William Stiles, 1805-1888; Jacob Stiles, 1843-1932; Elisha Stiles, 1880-1935; and finally Grady Stiles, Sr., 1912-1988). Grady could not walk and used a wheelchair in public, but could crawl around on his incredibly powerful arms and could perform nearly any task using his “claws”. He was married twice to Mary Teresa Herzog and once to Barbara Browning and had four children, two of whom, a boy and a girl, also had lobster-hands. When his eldest daughter Donna was engaged to marry a boy of whom Grady disapproved, Grady shot and killed the boy.
However, Grady escaped a prison sentence on the grounds that no prison was equipped to handle his disability. He was given fifteen years probation, and soon after the trial re-married Mary Teresa and continued to physically abuse his family. In 1992 Mary Teresa mentioned to Grady’s son-in-law, a circus employee, that “something” needed to be done about Grady’s abusive behavior. On November 29, 1992, he was shot to death while watching television in the family’s trailer home. The killer was a neighbor, hired by Grady’s son-in-law.
In that case it was Mr. Rosen’s detective work that led to the conviction of the killer!