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Serial killer sentenced to death for feeding his victims to crocodiles made a chilling confession about his crimes

Carl Panzram is said to have committed 21 murders

Warning: Contains graphic content

The last words of those sentenced to death are usually very moving, but Carl Panzram's last words were probably particularly so.

Before he was sentenced to death in 1930, Panzram committed a series of violent crimes over nearly 30 years, including murder, sexual assault, arson and robbery.

Those who tried to explain his violent behavior often pointed to his abusive childhood.

Panzram was born to immigrants in Minnesota and therefore had anything but an ordinary childhood.

Carl Panzram is America's most cold-blooded serial killer. (Washington, DC Police Department)

Carl Panzram is America's most cold-blooded serial killer. (Washington, DC Police Department)

When he was still a young boy, his father abandoned the whole family and it wasn't long before Panzram committed his first theft at the age of 12.

The crime landed him in a school where he was allegedly subjected to beatings and sexual abuse, and he ran away from home after being released as a teenager.

While traveling by train from place to place, Panzram was gang raped. According to him, this made him “sader, sicker, but also wiser.”

As for Panzram's crimes, he was caught several times for theft in the following years, but his violence quickly began to escalate.

In the early 1920s, the criminal committed one of the most heinous series of murders in modern history.

And his worst crimes occurred in 1920, when Panzram bought a yacht with money he had stolen from former President William Howard Taft.

He began luring US soldiers before raping, murdering and dumping their bodies into the sea.

The murderer later confessed to having done this to at least ten men.

The death row inmate had some moving final words. (Oregon State Penitentiary)

The death row inmate had some moving final words. (Oregon State Penitentiary)

Panzram's last words were perhaps as powerful as one would expect from a man who killed many innocent people.

Before his life was ended, the murderer said: “I am not in the least sorry for all these things.”

He reportedly added, “Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard! I could kill a dozen men while you fuck around!”

Panzram is said to have committed 21 murders, more than 1,000 sexual assaults and thousands of arsons and robberies.

Although all of the killer's crimes are horrific, one of his most cruel was when he killed six local tour guides in Africa.

They were supposed to go crocodile hunting with him, but Panzram killed the animals and fed them to the animals, who, as he described it, “devoured their bodies with gusto”.

Panzram was finally executed on September 5, 1930 at the age of 39.

Photo credit: Bettmann / Contributor/Getty / Oregon State Penitentiary

Topics: Crime, Death Row, History