Caryl Chessman

Caryl Chessman
1921 - 1960

Caryl Chessman  American Novelist


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First Name Caryl
Last Name Chessman
Age 38 (age at death) years
Birthday 27th May, 1921
Birthplace St. Joseph, Michigan, U.S.
Died 2nd May, 1960
Place of Death San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California, U.S.
Buried Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Height 6' 0" (183 cm)
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Nationality American
Occupation Novelist

Caryl Whittier Chessman (May 27, 1921 – May 2, 1960) 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. Chessman was charged with 17 counts and convicted under a loosely interpreted "Little Lindbergh law" – later repealed, but not retroactively – that defined kidnapping as a capital offense under certain circumstances.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 end the use of capital punishment in the state of California.

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