Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance

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Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance
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Directed byJohn Borowski
Produced byJohn Borowski
Written byJohn Borowski
StarringJohn DiMaggio
Distributed byWaterfront Productions
Release date
  • May 28, 2011 (2011-05-28)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance is a documentary film by John Borowski about the life and death of serial killer Carl Panzram. It is Borowski's third film.


A lifelong criminal and serial killer, Carl Panzram befriends Henry Lesser, a young jail guard at the Washington, D.C. jail in 1928. After hearing of Panzram's torture, Lesser sends Panzram one dollar and convinces the killer to write his autobiography while secretly supplying him with pencil and paper. Panzram writes over 40,000 words documenting his entire life of incarceration, torture, rape, and murder.

The film includes footage of Panzram's handwritten papers,[1] Leavenworth Penitentiary, the Clinton Correctional Facility, the Minnesota Correctional Facility – Red Wing, and an exclusive interview with Panzram's jail guard, Henry Lesser.

John DiMaggio provides the voice of Carl Panzram.


2012 Director's Choice Award - Chicago Horror Film Festival


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