William Taylor, Caryl Chessman, Robert Tollack, Andrew Rutledge
and Donald Abbott, Feb. 7, 1941.
"[William] Taylor and I were in Road Camp No. 7 in Las Flores Canyon,"
Chessman said. "Auto stealing. You pick up ideas there. We did. And
here we are."
Gordon Klee, who was later eliminated as a suspect, said: "The rest
of us were in Camp No. 1 in Soldedad Canyon. Same rap. I've known
Chessman all my life. We went to school together. So when we got out
last autumn, we just naturally drifted together."
Before they were arrested, the gang stole cars and robbed service
stations and liquor stores across Los Angeles. Several gang members,
sitting in a stolen car in Flintridge, got the drop on a pair of
sheriff's deputies who stopped to question them, and stole their
Times reporter asked why they committed the robberies.