Cell 2455, Death Row

Cell 2455, Death Row

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Baker & Taylor
A memoir by a death-row inmate, written in the twelve years between his conviction and 1960 execution, documents his daily life in a four-by-ten cell, his eight stays of execution, and his unwavering insistence that he was innocent of the crimes for which he was condemned. Reprint.

Perseus Publishing
In June 1948, 27-year-old petty criminal Caryl Chessman was sentenced in California on two counts of sexual assault, receiving two death sentences as punishment in a case that remains one of the most baffling episodes in American legal history. Maintaining his innocence of these crimes, Chessman lived in Cell 2455, a four-by-ten foot space on Death Row in San Quentin for the twelve years between his sentencing and eventual execution. He spent this time, punctuated by eight separate stays of execution, writing this memoir — a moving and pitiless account of his life in crime and the early life that produced it. Chessman's clarity of mind and ability to bring his thoughts directly to the page, even within the stifling walls of San Quentin, help make this work the most literate and authentic expose ever written by a criminal about his crimes.

In June 1948, 27-year-old petty criminal Caryl Chessman was sentenced in California on two counts of sexual assault, receiving two death sentences as punishment in a case that remains one of the most baffling episodes in American legal history. Maintaining his innocence of these crimes, Chessman lived in Cell 2455, a four-by-ten foot space on Death Row in San Quentin for the twelve years between his sentencing and eventual execution. He spent this time, punctuated by eight separate stays of execution, writing this memoir ? a moving and pitiless account of his life in crime and the early life that produced it. Chessman’s clarity of mind and ability to bring his thoughts directly to the page, even within the stifling walls of San Quentin, help make this work the most literate and authentic expose ever written by a criminal about his crimes.


Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, c2006
ISBN: 9780786718153
0786718153
Characteristics: xxxi, 361 p. ; 21 cm

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