Killer: A Journal of Murder

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Killer: A Journal of Murder
Killer A Journal of Murder (novel).jpg
AuthorThomas E. Gaddis and James O. Long
CountryUnited States
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback and Paperback)
Pages388 pp (Hardcover edition)

Killer: A Journal of Murder is a biography of the American serial killer Carl Panzram (1892-1930), first published by Thomas E. Gaddis and James O. Long (Macmillan, 1970).[1]


The book details American serial killer Carl Panzram's entire life inside the American prison system as well as the many murders he committed. Henry Lesser was a young jail guard at the Washington DC district jail when Panzram arrived for incarceration in 1928. After hearing of Panzram's harsh imprisonment, Lesser befriends him and convinces him to write a biography. 40 years after the execution of Panzram, Lesser found a writer for a book that would contain the writings of Carl Panzram and the circumstances of Panzram's many incarcerations over the course of his life.

Parts of Panzram's original manuscript, as collected by Lesser, were used in the book. This book should not be confused with the much longer original autobiographical work by Panzram, donated by Lesser in 1980 to San Diego State University, where they are housed, as the "Carl Panzram papers," in the Malcolm A. Love Library.[2]

Film adaptation[edit]

The book was adapted as a film in 1996. It starred James Woods as Carl Panzram and Robert Sean Leonard as Henry Lesser.[3]


  1. ^ "Killer: A Journal of Murder (1970)". Macmillan.
  2. ^ Carl Panzram papers, 1928-1982 in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  3. ^ "Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995) - Release dates". 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2014-02-23.

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