Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, 1955
* 1921, † 1960
Charge: 17 counts of kidnapping and rape
Prison: San Quentin. California, USA (Map)
Condemned to die for a crime he maintains he never committed, Caryl Chessman, locked in Cell 2455, Death Row, has worked eighteen hours a day to complete this book before the public executioner claimed him.
Trial by Ordeal is Caryl Chessman's personal story of his existence under sentence of death, his painstakingly accurate account of what meaning life can have.