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

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Crime | 2013 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John DiMaggio ... Carl Panzram (voice)
Tom Lodewyck Tom Lodewyck ... Adult Carl Panzram
David Salmonson David Salmonson ... Young Carl Panzram
Brett Jetmund Brett Jetmund ... Charlie Panzram
David Weiss David Weiss ... Henry Lesser
Douglas Wynne ... Colonel Peak
Matthew Aaron Matthew Aaron ... DC Torturer
David Schmidt David Schmidt ... Laughing Guard
William Knight William Knight ... Robert Stroud (voice)
Robert Earl Ray Robert Earl Ray ... Himself - Head of Special Collections & University Archives, San Diego State University
Mark Gado Mark Gado ... Himself - Former Police Detective & Author
G. Thomas Gitchoff G. Thomas Gitchoff ... Himself - Criminologist, SDSU Professor Emeritus (as Dr. G. Thomas Gitchoff)
Henry Lesser Henry Lesser ... Himself - Panzram's DC Jail Guard (archive footage)
Scott Christianson Scott Christianson ... Himself - Author & Human Rights Activist
Katherine Ramsden Katherine Ramsden ... Herself - Professor of Forensic Psychology (as Katherine Ramsland)


"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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2013 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


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$150,000 (estimated)
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Waterfront Productions See more »
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16:9 HD
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Carl Panzram
Written and Performed by Nightmare at Hanging Rock
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One of the Lesser-Known Serial Killers of the 20th Century
17 April 2013 | by gavin6942See 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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