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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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Carl Panzram (voice)
Tom Lodewyck ...
Adult Carl Panzram
David Salmonson ...
Young Carl Panzram
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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Disgusting sympathy for a monster
25 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

I have watched many documentaries of all kinds and attempted to be as open-minded as possible. In this case, however, I simple cannot be. I have never seen such an attempt to excuse, and soften the story of someone who was quite frankly and monster. All this by people, who would quite likely have been amongst Carl Panzram's victims had the opportunity been provided, this to include the hero of the story, Prison guard Henry Lesser…. Disgusting. Pity I suppose for this same cast of characters that they didn't have access to Hitler or Pol Pot so as to find out about their tragic childhoods and thus soften the evil of their crimes….


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