Famous Last Words · Kansas · Serial Killers

FLW — Insults to a slow executioner

Famous Last Words
Carl Panzram
Kansas
September 5, 1930

“Yes, hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard! I could kill ten men while you’re fooling around!”

Panzram was a rapist and murderer, claiming to have killed 21 including a 12-year-old boy he raped then killed, claiming “His brains were coming out of his ears when I left him and he will never be any deader.”

While serving time for burglary, Panzram befriended a young guard named Henry Lesser who gave him some writing material. Panzram wrote a biography with the supplies, including a confession to his crimes. “In my lifetime I have murdered 21 human beings, I have committed thousands of burglaries, robberies, larcenies, arsons and, last but not least, I have committed sodomy on more than 1,000 male human beings. For all these things I am not in the least bit sorry.”

On June 29, 1929, Panzram killed a prison laundry foreman by beating him to death with an iron bar. It was this murder that finally brought Panzram a death sentence. He refuse to appeal the sentenced and threatened to kill any groups who sought appeals on his behalf.

When Panzram was executed September 5, he allegedly spat on his executioner’s face as the noose was put around his neck and stated “I wish all mankind had one neck so I could choke it.” When asked if he had any last words he barked “Yes, hurry it up, you Hoosier bastard! I could kill ten men while you’re fooling around!”

Horrific history from today:
1966: Man drags man to his death, is shot by police (2017)
1966: 10 young people injured by shotgun blast following a fight (2017)
1970: Man murders, dismembers, and cannibalizes 8 (2017)
1932: Director found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, though some suspect murder (2018)
1934: The possible first victim of the Cleveland Torso Murderer is found (2018)

Horror-related anniversaries:
Today in Horror History: September 5

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