Carl Panzram

Carl Panzram

About Carl Panzram

Carl Panzram (June 28, 1891 - September 5, 1930) was an American serial killer, rapist, arsonist and burglar. He is known for his confession to his only friend, prison guard Henry Lesser. In graphic detail, Panzram confessed to 22 murders, and to having sodomized over 1,000 males. He used aliases such as 'Carl Baldwin', 'Jack Allen' and 'Jefferson Baldwin' in Oregon; 'Jeff Davis' in Idaho and Montana; 'Jefferson Davis' in California and Montana; 'Jeff Rhodes' in Montana; 'John King'; and 'John O'Leary' in New York. Born Charles Panzram in Minnesota, the son of Prussian immigrants, Johann 'John' and Matilda Panzram, he was raised on his family's farm. By his teens he was an alcoholic and was repeatedly in trouble with the authorities, often for burglary and theft. He ran away from home at the age of 14 and claimed to have been gang raped by a pack of hobos. In adulthood, Panzram was a prolific thief, and was caught and imprisoned multiple times.

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