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Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance (2011)

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The true story of lifelong criminal and serial killer, Carl Panzram who wrote his autobiography for a jail guard in 1928.

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Carl Panzram (voice)
Tom Lodewyck ...
Adult Carl Panzram
David Salmonson ...
Brett Jetmund ...
Charlie Panzram
David Weiss ...
Henry Lesser
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Colonel Peak
Matthew Aaron ...
DC Torturer
David Schmidt ...
Laughing Guard
William Knight ...
Robert Stroud (voice)
Robert Earl Ray ...
Himself - Head of Special Collections & University Archives, San Diego State University
Mark Gado ...
Himself - Former Police Detective & Author
G. Thomas Gitchoff ...
Himself - Criminologist, SDSU Professor Emeritus (as Dr. G. Thomas Gitchoff)
Henry Lesser ...
Himself - Panzram's DC Jail Guard (archive footage)
Scott Christianson ...
Himself - Author & Human Rights Activist
Katherine Ramsland ...
Herself - Professor of Forensic Psychology
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"Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Revenge" examines the life of serial killer and rapist Carl Panzram who lived from 1891 to 1930. It examines how his life hardened him into a psychotic murderer. It also examines how a prison guard Henry Lesser forged a friendship with him and encouraged him to write an autobiography. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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One of the Lesser-Known Serial Killers of the 20th Century
17 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The true story of lifelong criminal and serial killer, Carl Panzram who wrote his autobiography for a jail guard in 1928.

Unless you happen to be interested in serial killers, you probably never heard of Carl Panzram. He does not rank as high in public consciousness as Dahmer, Gacy, Zodiac... and yet, he is no less fascinating. I am quite happy that someone took the time to make a documentary on this enigmatic figure.

I am even more happy that a prison guard encouraged Panzram to write his memoir and that San Diego State University decided it was worth keeping. This does not seem like the sort of material that you would typically find in a university's special collections, but it has a value to any number of people for different reasons.


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