Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Carl Panzram: Too evil to live — part I

Panzram, one of America’s most ferocious, unrepentant serial killers, has long been considered the essence of evil. He hated all people regardless of sex or race, and he raped and killed what he hated, relentlessly, until the end.

VIDEO: Interview With Carl Panzram’s Prison Guard

An interview with serial killer Carl Panzram’s unlikely friend, jailer Henry Lesser. Panzram, remembered as one of the most ruthless and unremorseful serial killers in American history, described his crimes to Lesser in Detail. Before his death in 1983, Lesser gave this interview about his relationship with Panzram.

Carl Panzram, Too Evil to Live, Part II

On June 20, 1929, Panzram, incarcerated at Leavenworth Prison, was working a detail in the laundry when, without warning, he picked up an iron bar and used it to beat a fellow inmate’s brains out in front of the other working inmates. Then, covered in blood and brains, he turned his rage on them, hitting as many as he could with the bar in an attempt to kill everyone in the sealed laundry room.

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