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In prison confessions and his autobiography, he claimed to have committed 21 murders, most of which could not be corroborated, and over 1, sodomies of boys and men. After a series of imprisonments and escapes, he was execut From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Carl Panzram June 28, — September 5, was an American serial killer, rapist, arsonist, and burglar.
After a series of imprisonments and escapes, he was executed in for the murder of a prison employee at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.
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Sort order. Start your review of Carl Panzram: Autobiography. Apr 19, India rated it liked it. Good lord. I was happy to see there was a link to the book on the GR page for the book. Panzram was encouraged by a guard that he befriended in prison to write about his story. He's a fairly decent writer. His story is crazy. It's sort of sad because it seems like he just started out as a mischievous, semi-violent little boy Good lord. It's sort of sad because it seems like he just started out as a mischievous, semi-violent little boy as many little boys kind of naturally are, some of his behavior even reminds me of my brother and was sent away to people who beat the humanity out of him.
Or maybe he never had any in him and I'm just looking for it. I thought his story was interesting. If you feel compelled, check it out. View 2 comments. Shelves: quiltbag. Just found this thanks to Miss India LaPlace What kind of life could someone expect this man to have?
It was a terrible time to be poor. Like it ain't right now. Panzram's great-grands are in the same places he haunted now. Jul 03, Meredith rated it it was amazing. A scary scary perspective. Mar 30, samar added it. Well this is deeply disturbing, incessantly nauseating, and scarring beyond repair. My sister keeps asking me half-jokingly why anyone, i. I never have an answer, I just laugh it away. I still don't. Anyhow, this was one hell of a ride. It's one thing to read about, watch a show, a documentary, or even an interview of a serial killer.
But to be stuck inside their mind, to see and experience life from their perspective, first person, it is somethin Well this is deeply disturbing, incessantly nauseating, and scarring beyond repair. But to be stuck inside their mind, to see and experience life from their perspective, first person, it is something else.
It does things to your brain, your being. It's uncomfortable. It's sick. You're trapped, forced to see your supposedly impeccably innocent self get tarnished and poisoned. It leaves doubting humanity. Within yourself, and the world around you. I enjoyed it very much. Maybe I was scared, as a name after all is meant for confrontation.
Maybe addressing him by name acknowledges his humanness, a title I have denied him in the early pages of his life. The idea that Man has, most certainly, committed horrendous and monstrous atrocities, and so can you.
It is very unsettling and beyond terrifying. I guess what makes it even more disturbing is the eerily casual and nonchalant narration, as though it's a slice of a boringly normal life. Along with some cold, sickening humour. The cherry on top of the cake. One thing I want to talk about here is the death penalty debate. Back when it caught my interest, it made more sense to lean towards the no-death side, morally speaking. Plus the risk was just too high. I thought living the rest of your life in captivity was punishment enough.
However, having read Panzram, an incorrigible serial killer who after being announced "pure as a lily, free from sin,-free-to go and sin no more", goes and sins some more, while managing to top his already extremely abhorrent crimes before he's back to prison, every single time, I realise that death sentence might be the one and only solution to a cancerous disease that refuses to be cured. If this was in a movie, I would roll my eyes.
But it isn't. And if it was somehow a proof that decent, humane treatment can go a long way, then I am floored. Excuse me, while the cynic in me lies on the floor, floored. Apr 30, Eto rated it really liked it Shelves: autobiography , non-fiction , psychology , read , true-crime. Jesus Christ. It's hard to know what to believe in all of this. Some of it seems so far-fetched, yet given Panzram's crimes, maybe it's not. Panzram, himself, describes how he used people's gullibility about Christianity's redemptive ability to deceive them into believing his lies, so perhaps he's not a reliabke narrator of his own life.
However, he had nothing to lose or gain in recounting his story. In any event, it's hard not to feel sympathy for Panzram as he recounts all the various ways he Jesus Christ. In any event, it's hard not to feel sympathy for Panzram as he recounts all the various ways he was tortured as a child.
That is, until he starts listing all of his crimes. Then it becomes clear that monsters beget monsters and I find myself having a hard time refuting his lament that he didn't get to murder the entire human race. Panzram wants us to believe that he is absolved of all guilt because of what he endured.
Carl Panzram: Autobiography
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Special Collections is pleased to announce that the Carl Panzram Papers are available for research and that portions of this collection have been digitized! Carl Panzram, a notorious serial killer and criminal during the s, boasted of killing twenty-three people, committing thousands of robberies and larcenies, and sodomizing a thousand men and boys. After forming a friendship of sorts, Panzram gave Lesser his autobiography, penned over several months, which Lesser had encouraged him to write. Although Panzram was later transferred to Leavenworth Prison in Kansas, he continued to correspond with Lesser. In , Panzram was sentenced to death for killing a prison guard, and on September 5, he was executed by hanging. Mencken and Sheldon Guleck.
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After a series of imprisonments and escapes, he was executed in for the murder of a prison employee at Leavenworth Federal Prison. Carl Panzram felt odd from a young age: by the age of five or six he was a liar and thief and claimed to become meaner the older he grew. In , he was arrested and jailed for being drunk and incorrigible. In , at the age of 11, he stole some cake, apples, and a revolver from a neighbor's home. While there, he was repeatedly beaten, tortured, and raped by staff members in what attendees dubbed "the paint shop", because children would leave "painted" with bruises and blood. He ran away from home at the age of 14, a couple of weeks after his parole and merely two weeks after attempting to kill a Lutheran cleric with a revolver, to become a hobo.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A detailed memoir and self-analysis by a mass murderer. Panzram was born in on a Minnesota farm and died in on the gallows at the U. Penitentiary, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Imprisoned for most of his life from the age of twelve and brutally punished, Panzram's keen insight into the arbitrary cruelty of his fellow human being is graphically illustrated with a litany of prison abuses, as well as the details of his own sordid, tragic life.