Caryl Whittier Chessman was born May 27, 1921, in St. Joseph, Michigan. In 1948, Chess-man was a 27-year-old parolee from Folsom Prison in California when he was arrested in Los Angeles as the prime suspect in the "red light bandit" incidents. The of the bandit was distinctive: he stalked desolate areas known to be popular with couples seeking a place to park and be alone. The bandit would walk toward a parked car carrying a red light similar to that used by police, and then assault the unsuspecting occupants of the car.
Caryl Chessman, otherwise known as the 'Red Light Bandit', was born on 27 May, 1921, in California, USA. He was executed on 2 May, 1960, in the gas chamber of California's .
In 1977, Alan Alda - better known for his leading role in the American television comedy series MASH - played Caryl Chessman in the made-for-TV drama .