Caryl Chessman


Born
in St. Joseph, Michigan, The United States
May 27, 1921

Died
May 02, 1960

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Caryl Whittier Chessman was a convicted robber, kidnapper and rapist who was sentenced to death for a series of crimes committed in January 1948 in the Los Angeles area. The "first modern American executed for a non-lethal kidnapping", Chessman was convicted under a loosely interpreted "Little Lindbergh law" – later repealed, but not retroactively – that defined kidnapping as a capital offense under certain circumstances. His case attracted worldwide attention, and helped propel the movement to abolish capital punishment in California.

While in prison, Chessman authored four books, including his memoirs Cell 2455, Death Row. The book was adapted for the screen in 1955 and stars William Campbell as Chessman.

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Cell 2455, Death Row: A Con...

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The Kid Was A Killer

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Trial by Ordeal

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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?:...

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A Face da Justiça

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A Travers Les Barreaux

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“It is my hope and my belief that you will be able to report that I died with dignity, without animal fear and without bravado. I owe that much to myself.”
Caryl Chessman, Cell 2455, Death Row: A Condemned Man's Own Story

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