Chessman’s Execution a 'Breath of Fresh Air,’ Times Says
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May 2, 1960: A hearse carries the body of Caryl Chessman out of San Quentin.
May 3, 1960: Caryl Chessman is executed after a last-minute plea goes awry when a judge’s secretary calls the wrong number for Warden Fred Dickson. One of Chessman's victims remains institutionalized and may never be released, the woman's mother says.