The Californian, Volume 1, Number 4, May 1960 [The Press Wants Chessman Dead]. Burton Wolfe.

The Californian, Volume 1, Number 4, May 1960 [The Press Wants Chessman Dead]

San Francisco: Burton H. Wolfe, 1960.

8.5 x 11 inches, 24 pp. Stapled wrappers. Paper toned, with chipping and tears to top edge. Scarce issue of this short-lived publication from self-proclaimed muckraker Burton Wolfe, who went on to write books on the Hippie movement, Satanist Anton LeVey, Hitler and the Nazis, and the death penalty and death row in America. This issue is of note for its coverage of the sensational case of convicted kidnapper and rapist Caryl Chessman, who was the first person in modern American history to be executed for a non-lethal crime. Chessman wroteseveral books about his situation and attracted considerable support from the public, including appeals for clemency from Ray Bradbury, Aldous Huxley, Norman Mailer, Robert Frost, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others. His case helped to propel the movement to abolish the death penalty in California.

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Price: $90.00

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