Be forewarned, this case is heavy on the drama, and not the good kind. The sleazy kind. This murder came after Nancy Campbell-Panitz (ex-wife), Ralf Panitz (now convicted murderer) and Eleanor Panitz (current wife and was a secret wife for a while) went on the Jerry Springer show. It is full of cheating and deception, especially with Ralf (who, in my opinion, disrespected BOTH women, although Eleanor is still married to him and says she believes he is innocent). Ralf was going back and forth between both women, and sleeping with both. However, he only murdered one, after their appearance on the Jerry Springer show. It has become a circus freak show, as they continue to stay in the spotlight. Ralf and Eleanor are now on the Prison Wives show, glorifying their marriage and complaining about Ralf still being in prison & prison conditions, to the expense of the life of Nancy Campbell-Panitz.
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Background of the Panitz case (this is in the website of the defense counsel)
Prison Talk: Ralf Panitz (On this post, Eleanor Panitz says her husband has lost all hope and stopped eating and will die in shortly – but he is still alive_
Prison Wives: Elli Panitz (This episode is NOT about the murder but about the “love story” between Ralf Panitz [the convicted killer] and his wife Elli (Eleanor). From the commercials, it is glamorizing these people in prison and their relationships, but basically ignoring that some of the inmates are in for murder. They will not (in my opinion) be showing any sympathy or compassion towards the victims or their families. In fact, will they even talk to them? Why are they trying to get sympathy for murderers?)
DC Number: S06648
Name: PANITZ, RALF J
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BLUE
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birth Date: 11/20/1959
Initial Receipt Date: 05/28/2002
Current Facility: POLK C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE
RALF PANITZ RALF J PANITZ
RALF JUERGEN PANITZ RALPH PANITZ
Scars, Marks, and Tattoos:
Type Location Description
TATTOO LEFT CHEST SCORPION
Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
07/24/2000 2ND DEG.MURD,DANGEROUS ACT 05/24/2002 SARASOTA 0010578 SENTENCED TO LIFE
Note: The offense descriptions are truncated and do not necessarily reflect the crime of conviction. Please refer to the court documents or the Florida Statutes for further information or definition.
Detainers: (Further information may be obtained by contacting the detaining agency)
Detainer Date Agency Type Date Canceled
06/27/2002 MANATEE CO JAIL DETAIN 01/02/2004
Date In-Custody 05/28/2002
Date Out-of-Custody Currently Incarcerated
NOTE FROM BLOG OWNER
Please keep your comments focused on the victim, Nancy Campbell-Panitz, and not Ralf and Eleanor. I will NOT approve comments about them.
Filed under: crime, high profile, murder, murder in the 21st Century Tagged: | 2000, beaten to death, conviction, Eleanor Panitz, Family/Domestic Violence, Florida, homicide, Jerry Springer show, Nancy Campbell-Panitz, Ralf Panitz, strangulation