Carl Panzram (June 28, – September 5, ) was an American serial killer , rapist, . Finally, in , it was released under the title Killer: A Journal of Murder. In , the book formed the basis of a film of the same name, starring James. In graphic detail, Panzram confessed to 21 murders and to having . Panzram A Journal of Murder, Thomas E. Gaddis (Editor), James O. Long (Editor). For 18 years Carl Panzram was a one-man crime wave, robbing, raping and murdering from coast to coast, on the high seas, and in

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Mencken who called it the most amazing and shocking documents he had ever read. On June 20, sick of working in the laundry, Panzram grabbed a flat iron and smashed a guard’s skull. Write a customer review.

Panzram was so astonished by this one act of kindness that after Lesser provided him with writing materials Panzram, while waiting his execution, wrote a detailed summary of his crimes and nihilistic philosophy. Pabzram Erickson marked it as to-read Feb 01, Mihai Cosareanu rated it liked it Nov 06, Preview — Panzram by Thomas E. Panzram’s early life was. It’s sort of sad because it seems like he just started out as a mischievous, semi-violent little boy Good lord.

Though, by the end, it was getting more and more repetitive.

Panzram: A Journal of Murder

It shows the importance in how we treat the children of our generation and how it could effect them in adulthood. You panzraam be banned crl and without warning for violating our rules. Nov 14, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: If you were to peg him into one hole it’ll be that of the personification The first thing you think seeing the gaudy cover and subtitle is well here’s another cheap exploitative serial killer book that’ll appeal to the people in the disgust-fascination murder interest loop.


Feb 28, Budha rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

You learn the “whys” that we all seek to understand. Dec 08, Kevin Stelmach rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was happy to see there was a link to the book on the GR page for the book. Carl Panzram under the alias “Jefferson Baldwin” in I do think it’s unfortunate that the book is subtitled “A Journal of Murder”, because Panzram’s actual acts of murder are only minor elements of the book.

Carl Panzram: Autobiography by Carl Panzram

Part I, Section 1, c. Then when they do reach the age of reason and action, it will be quite natural for them to live clean, upright, honorable lives. Still and albeit an anti-Christian he was far from being beyond good and evil as he himself acknowledged. It’s really an autobiography, written by Panzram, with interludes and commentary between chapters.

This is a subreddit for true crime discussion. It would take 40 years before Panzram’s life story, including his own words, would be a book, “Killer: The Onion Field If it didn’t have its focus on such a particular personality, this book would be seen as an indictment of the poor treatment of prisoners and a document of the way prisons reformed in the early twentieth century. It was all right. Learn more More Like This.


Panzram was an utterly evil and violent man. He craves meaning but is, and feels, meaningless. This, like all other rules, is at our discretion.

He decided to represent himself and plead not guilty, but openly stated his intent was to gain the death penalty and be executed. Return to Book Page. He was probably, dyslexic and had a great deal of difficulty with his studies.

A classic example of how the state and its minions, are supposed to reform criminals into useful citizens but, in fact turn them into Frankensteins. That’s why this book is so enjoyable. Oskar marked it as to-read Jun 17, And I think the short chapters encouraged me to read more.

Mass murderers kill cagl or more people in one incident in one location.

Carl Panzram: Diary of a Monster

James Woods, Robert Downey Jr. Return to Book Page.

Intrigued by the pages that rustled underneath his jacket, Lesser walked straight up the the jail barber shop, turned on the overhead light and sat down in the big wooden chair.

Lesser encouraged and facilitated this at great risk to himself and his job, and was solely responsible for getting the work published long after Panzram’s death. Edit Did You Know?