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Chessman’s Execution a 'Breath of Fresh Air,’ Times Says

May 3, 1960, Caryl Chessman
Los Angeles Times file photo

May 2, 1960: A hearse carries the body of Caryl Chessman out of San Quentin.


May 3, 1960, Chessman Editorial 

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. 

May 3, 1960, Caryl Chessman

May 3, 1960, Chessman Victim

May 3, 1960, Chessman Dies

May 3, 1960, Chessman Dies

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