Sunday, April 18, 2021

Charles "Carl" Panzram - 31614

Charles "Carl" Panzram was a serial killer, rapist, arsonist, robber and burglar. In prison confessions he claimed to have committed 21 murders. After a series of escapes, he was executed by hanging in 1930 at age 39 for the murder of a prison employee at Leavenworth. Only five victims could be confirmed, though Panzram is suspected to have killed more than 100 men. Panzram wrote that he was "rage personified" and that he would often rape men whom he had robbed.
He was noted for his large frame and great physical strength. Panzram was hanged on September 5, 1930. As officers attempted to place a black hood over his head, he spat in the executioner's face. When asked for any last words he said, "Yes, hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard! I could kill a dozen men while you're screwing around!" His grave, at the Leavenworth Penitentiary Cemetery, is marked only with his prison number, 31614.
Panzram's most famous quote: "I wish you all had one neck and my hands were around it."