The Kid Was a Killer Author:Caryl Chessman Remember: The protagonist of the story, the kid, was a killer. That was and is the simple, stark fact; that was and remains my point in authoring the type of novel I did. I wanted to examine violence--its meaning, its psychological roots, its social implications--in dramatic terms. If I succeeded to any degree, the thrust and power of the st... more »ory derives from its rawness, its unprettied crudities.
The title square with the unfortunate tendecy of the public to oversimplify both the genesis and motivation of the disturbed, antisocial personality which, wheather with a gun or boxing gloves, violently expresses its rebellion, its sickness. Let the reader, without being misled, discover for himself my thesis.