Caryl Chessman’s Death – Age, Place, Cause, and More!

Caryl Chessman died at age 38, too young. Check out the death cause, death date, and more facts about the circumstances surrounding criminal Caryl Chessman's death.

Biography - A Short Wiki

The Red Light Bandit was convicted in a controversial case, and executed while vigorously claiming his innocence.

The transcriber in the court case made changes to his transcriptions and sometimes couldn’t understand his own writing – just one of several serious issues with the case.

He spent more than a decade on death row, and his case brought the conversation about capital punishment to the forefront.

How did Caryl Chessman die?

In the 60’s, The Red Light Bandit (Paulo Villaça) is a famous Brazilian criminal, who uses a red flashlight while breaking into residences in São Paulo, and usually rapes his female victims.

Information about the death of Caryl Chessman
Cause of deathN/A
Age of death38 years
BirthdayMay 27, 1921
Death dateMay 2, 1960
Place of deathSan Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California, United States
Place of burialN/A


"A cat, I am told, has nine lives. If that is true, I know how a cat feels."

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"My soul is not for sale."

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"If the executioner goes, my package will never be made public. If he doesn't go, it will be made public exactly fifty years from the day the bill for a moratorium on capital punishment is defeated."

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"Further, a document names and identifies the actual Red Light Bandits (plural), because in fact there are two."

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"The price I have personally paid for these extra Sisyphean years has been prohibitive."

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