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When You Read This They Will Have Killed Me: The Life and Redemption of Caryl Chessman, Whose Execution Shook America

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When Caryl Chessman appeared on the cover of Time's March 21, 1960 issue, he was the most famous prisoner in America and arguably the best-known in the world. He not only put a face on the issue of capital punishment, he made one of the most remarkable transformations by any American writer. Through access to the papers and letters of his attorneys, George T. Davis and Ros ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 14th 2006 by Da Capo Press (first published August 13th 2006)
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Lauren
Sep 09, 2008 Lauren rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: law students
It wasn't that interesting; it reads more like a textbook than a true crime story, which disappointed me. It mainly discussed how Chessman's case tied up the California legal system for twelve years, which I thought took up an unnecessary amount of time, instead of focusing on how his punishment was unnecessarily cruel and unusual and didn't fit his crime and how he became a bestselling author despite the fact that he was in prison.

I don't really recommend it unless you're a law student.
Tom Mueller
Jul 02, 2009 Tom Mueller rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
Injustices perpertrated on Caryl Chessman by the California justice system; includes extensive bibliography. See titles by Caryl Chessman.
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