Movies Galore takes a look at director John Borowski’s Short film “Mime Time” from 2013 and documentaries “Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance” from 2011, “Serial Killer Culture” from 2014 and “Serial Killer Culture” Season 1 from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Waterfront Productions Serial Killer Documentarist director John Borowski is on the rise of explaining the wide interest of Murderabelia and the art of collecting as well as Serial Killer Carl Panzam…

First I’m going to talk about his short film “Mime Time” from 2013…

An audience is innocently watching a Mime do tricks when a protagonist individual makes fun of him and throws fruit at him and insults him out of nowhere… We see him walk alone in shame and tears… then eye a knife… pick it up…

We see the same man who insulted the Mime watching tv as he answers the door there’s a laugh bag…. a flash of a face…

A female Neighbor walks in and finds a A box with a crank in the side…

I think that this was definitely a humorous take on revenge but also as life is a struggle to get ahead for performers and artists alike exactly what one does want to do to critics at times…

Being as I’m a fan of Chaplin and appreciate mimes if their good of course it’s like it’s a dying art… this film was amusing and entertaining to watch… I’d certainly recommend at least a watch one time on it… the acting was good too…

Starring Gari Hart as Mime, Monte LaMonte as Ed, Beka as Audrey, Tim Arana as Mime Audience, Erica Arana as
Mime Audience, Isaiah Arana as Mime Audience, Josh Arana as Mime Audience, Dave Eurich as Mime Audience, Ulises Brito as Mime Audience.

Here is a website to check out to see where you can Stream this film…

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I4FJPVM

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You hear the sounds of a train or trains on railroad tracks as we are introduced to Carl Panzam Voiced by Futurama’s John DiMaggio…

“In My lifetime I have broken every law that was ever made by both man and God.    If either had made any more, I should very cheerfully have broken them also.” – Panzram

Having confessed to have killed 21 men and raping over a thousand men and boys, larceny and Robbery,  burning churches and escaping from more prisons than we knew existed Carl Panzam was the perfect example of a criminal Killer that we with our government and our laws are guilty of having created ourselves…

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Borowski begins at San Diego University speaking with Robert Ray Head of Special Collection with the University’s Archives at San Diego as he brings out some of the sheets of Carl Panzam’s Diary and written Confession to Corrections Officer Henry Lesser.

Joel Goodman from the Bureau of Prisons tells us Panzam was arrested in 1928 on a House Burglary Charge and surprised made several confessions to D.C. Detectives that he’d actually commited several heinous murders so these charges are small and he’s not worried…

Using Actors and historical facts Borowski brings about the story of Panzam the the torture techniques of the prison system to the reform school days of Panzam’s own rape and life teachings to the point where we realize it is because of us Carl Panzam exists it is the actions of the guards and the inhumane treatment of the inmates of the time that happens even to this day passed down from generation to generation…

But as it would seem Lesser and Panzam seemed to have a bond of sorts and brought us into maybe the making or mind of the most resentful killers in history…

We see Archival footage between Dr. Thomas Gitchoff and Henry Lesser from 1979 as were told he was found alive then to talk to… that Panzam was a husky man walking with a limp and became freinds of a sort… he’d give him cigarettes and pen and paper… so panzram begins to write and what he writes is a 40, 000 page diary slash confession… We hear from Katherine Ramsland a forensic Psychologist on the temperament of being very reactive… and poor… one thing I think might play a part is that when he was 6 or 7 he had trouble with liquid coming out of his ears and family was too poor to take him to the doctors this may well have been a factor in turning him against the world…

Ultimately I think this was a fascinatng documentary well written and again I think because we hear words spoken as if Carl Panzam were alive by a voice actor… brings you down to the level where he was… and using all these factors, the interviews, the retrospectives, the acting I believe makes for a better biography of sorts because you have all levels… what the police were thinking saying or doing… the victims and a look inside the mind of the killer himself almost like a dehumanization of sorts…

I’d certainly recommend this documentary for a lot of horror enthusiasts or even just for the heck of it I’ve enjoyed all of his documentaries so far… very cool!

Starring John DiMaggio as Carl Panzram (voice), Tom Lodewyck as Adult Carl Panzram, David Salmonson as Young Carl Panzram, Brett Jetmund as Charlie Panzram, David Weiss as Henry Lesser, Douglas Wynne as Colonel Peak, Matthew Aaron as DC Torturer, David Schmidt as
Laughing Guard, William Knight as Robert Stroud (voice), Robert Earl Ray as
Himself – Head of Special Collections & University Archives, San Diego State University, Mark Gado as Himself – Former Police Detective & Author, G. Thomas Gitchoff as Himself – Criminologist, SDSU Professor Emeritus (as Dr. G. Thomas Gitchoff), Henry Lesser as Himself – Panzram’s DC Jail Guard (archive footage), Scott Christianson as
Himself – Author & Human Rights Activist, Katherine Ramsland as Herself – Professor of Forensic Psychology, Charlie Rodgers as
Himself – Government Records Archivist, Minnesota Historical Society, Joe Coleman as Himself – Artist, Joel Goodman as Himself – Bureau of Prisons, Retired, Kenneth M. LaMaster as Himself – Author & Historian, USP Leavenworth Retired, Charles Dudley Martin as Himself – Attorney for Robert Stroud, Jason Schubert as Himself – Curator, J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum.

Heres a website to stream this film…

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B97LDX6

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This is actually the first time I think I’ve seen an actual documentary based on interviews of people who collect and are obssessed with serial killers in general as we are introduced to Stephen Giannangelo an Author on the subject…

Its from Mr. Giannangel that we learn that John Wayne Gacy had actually produced some art specifically clown art very rare and hard to find….

From Rick Statton a collector and somewhat nicknamed Gacy’s Art dealer tells us how he befriends Gacy and pretty much begins to recieve art and communication from Gacy and many other serial killers to date… certainly a collector of 50s sci-fi films… his fascination with serial killers started when he realized Gacey was selling artwork in prison in the 80s for 35 to 60 bucks… and talks about how his company Grindhouse Graphics became affiliated with the homely Zodiac Killers…

The Hill Side Strangler and his Beach scenes… and how many people labeled him as glorifying serial killer where as he in turn blames social media with life magazine and Newsweek… which I’m sure through him is how we get to see Joe Coleman and some of his art as well as his Oddity Museum…

We are also introduced to The World Famous Crawlspace Brothers whom are basically a folk/punk/ comedy band that basically created songs about serial killers in their lyrics… and Sam Hane a Graphic Artist whom specifically is obssessed with Ed Kemper where we see some archival footage… but inking sketches and paintings of serial killers seems to be his forte of note… very hardcore strong imagery…

Evidently there’s a tour to take in Milwaukee called The Dahmer Tours that takes you to every spot Dahmer killed Edward Smith among other people in or around Milwaukee… as we are introduced to Amanda Morden who runs these tours… which also involves the historical  Shakers in Milwaukee also haunted… and certainly sounds interesting as I’d never heard of these tours until this documentary and I live in Milwaukee hehe. Which now “The Dahmer Tours” has been renamed “The Cream City Cannibal Tour” and can be found at http://www.hangmantours.com !

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Which is where the Next guy comes in to play as we meet Hart D. Fisher the graphic Artist behind the ultra rare comic book biography ” The Unauthorized Biography of Jeffrey Dahmer” back in 1991… which led to the families of Dahmer victims suing Fisher publisher of Boneyard Press, all due to community leaders and the press being pompous at the time blowing it up more than it really needed to be at the time a media circus, sued marvel over a comic called Dark Angel and won… Oj Simpson tried to sue him and he kicked his ass… police even asked him to leave town…

We are then introduced to Mathew Aaron a collector and artist and owner of this slick Serial Killer “The Last Dime Museum” … owning the suit of Richard Remirez “The Night Stalker”, along with other various oddities… definitely has quite a bit of Ed Gein Murderabelia… Fox Hollow Herb Baumeister an Indianapolis serial killer…

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As well as meeting Joe Hiles another serious collector of of Serial Killer Memorabelia… as well as seeing one of Charles Manson’s homemade Spiders and as rumor has it creates scorpions as well but these are very rare but Aaron’s owns one…

Next we meet Portrait and grachic novelist David Van Gough talks about how he had an interest in Sharon Tate initially where he’d actually created this very detailed artistic series called Man/son the haunting of the American Madonna as well as many various… other things dealing with serial killers really beautiful paintings…

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Last we see and hear Sparzanza a band about their lyrics and their fascination with serial killers.. and hearing from John Borowski himself on serial killers and making some of his serial killer Documentary’s…

Lastly speaking to the band Macabre and their death metal lyrics with what they call Murder Metal….

I think it’s fascinating how many individual people are connected to the world of Serial Killers and a lot of them are and have been under fire for glorifying them but in reality they really weren’t it makes these people feel closer.  I have met Fisher myself and know that he’s a down to earth man but he himself has been through a lot including having to identify the body of one of the women he’s loved who was raped and killed…

I think that people need to know that there will always be an interest and will never die… but the drive to figure out why these killers did it and the ritualistic was and savage coldness binds us to watching and learning what we can… again I think that John Borowski has covered a lot of bases here and has opened myself up to the fact that it’s everywhere this fascination with killing and Killers with the collecting and being in art to the point of pissing ones sensabilities off…

I will also certainly look into the Dahmer Tours myself one of thee days now that I know and I certainly Recommend this documentary to other Horror Enthusiasts…

Starring Steve Giannangelo as Himself – Author, Rick Staton as Himself – Collector, Rich Hillen Jr. as Himself – The Crawlspace Brothers, Julian Barrett as Himself – The Crawlspace Brothers, Ed Kemper as Himself – The Co-Ed Killer (archive footage), Sam Hane as Himself – Artist, Amanda Morden as Herself – The Dahmer Tours, Nicholas Vollmann as
Himself – The Dahmer Tours, Ryan Bourbon as Himself – Tourist, Kat Froehlich as Herself – Tourist, Rachel Bourbon as Herself – Tourist, Deanna Gritsonis as Herself – Tourist, Hart D. Fisher as Himself – Artist & Publisher, Matthew Aaron as Himself – Collector & Artist, Joe Hiles as Himself – Collector, David Van Gough as Himself – Artist, Gerard Schaefer as Himself – The Florida Sex Beast (archive footage), Fredrik Weileby as Himself – Singer, Sparzanza, Johan Carlsson as Himself – Bass, Sparzanza, Anders Åberg as Himself – Drums, Sparzanza, Calle Johannesson as
Himself – Guitar, Sparzanza, John Borowski as Himself – Filmmaker, Dennis Rader as Himself – B.T.K. (archive footage), Erik Cevallos as Himself – Toy Manager, Macabre, Lance Lencioni as Himself – Guitar, Macabre (as Corporate Death), Charles Lescewicz as Himself – Bass, Macabre (as Nefarious), Dennis Ritchie as
Himself – Drums, Macabre (as Dennis the Menace), Joe Coleman as Himself – Artist & Collector.

Here’s a website to stream this film…

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IMQQPQM

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More recently John Borowski has turned his serial Killer Culture phenomenon into a tv series.

In the first episode talking about an exhibit in Wisconsin Dells inside the Ripleys Believe it or not Museum of Kurten’s Head the mummified head of German Serial Killer Peter Kurtin.

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In The second Episode we are introduced to Dr. Helen Morrison as she unmistakably for scientific reasons has Gacy’s brain in a jar…

In The third episode we are Introduced to Bill Shafer who has legend has it owns Hyena Gallery probably one of the most prestigious gallery’s of serial killer Artists who displays the work of such artists as Lou Risconi and Clint Carney…

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In Episode four we are introduced one of the only surviving members of the Jonestown Massacre, Laura Johnston Kohl and talks about the Jonestown exhibit  at the San Diego State University…

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In episode five we meet William Harder who started an online Craigslist auction of sorts called Murderauction.com and talks about his having written several well known serial killers and visiting them in prison as well as having a sort of friendship with many of them…

In Episode six we meet Merle Allin as he discusses some of his obsession with serial killers along with his work with G. G. Allin in their punk horror band “The Murder Junkies” along with some of his fascination and relationships with well known serial killers…

I love how he’s used at least a place that I know well Ripley’s Believe it or not Museum up in the Dells I remember seeing the brain there and it is a fascinating piece of a split brain for sure but what got me the most was the recordings of Jim Jones hearing the people there while Ms. Kohl was describing the last days at the Temple…

I think that killing has touched everyone in some way and Borowski isn’t just capturing a culture he’s capturing the essence of evil in a time capsule…

Each time I’ve rewatched these documentaries it just makes me want to watch more and I’m not normally like this about documentaries I don’t normally like things that put me to sleep but I paid attention to each episode and each film and have enjoyed them all as well and would recommend this tv series for all to watch.  Hopefully if you get to the bottom of this article you’ll check out his films!

Starring Ed Gilliland as Narrator (6 episodes, 2017), Merle Allin as Himself (1 episode, 2017), Clint Carney as Himself, Artist (1 episode, 2017), William Harder as
Himself (1 episode, 2017), Laura Johnston Kohl as Herself (1 episode, 2017), Christopher Lehman as Peter Kurten (1 episode, 2017), Helen Morrison as
Herself, Forensic Psychiatrist (1 episode, 2017), Robert Ray as Himself (1 episode, 2017), Lou Rusconi as Himself, Artist (1 episode, 2017), Bill Shafer as
Himself, Owner of Hyeana Gallery (1 episode, 2017), Jim Sorfleet as John Wayne Gacy (1 episode, 2017).

Here’s the website to stream this season…

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06W2LMBBD

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