CRIME: Billy & I

A year ago last August, a slight, 18-year-old California ranch hand named Billy Rupp committed an appallingly brutal murder. He cornered a 15-year-old baby sitter named Ruby Ann Payne in the television room of his boss's Orange County home, slugged her with a hammer and then shot her twice with a .22 rifle. He was found cutting the dying girl's clothes off with a pair of scissors. He fled, was captured, tried, found sane, and sentenced to die this month in the gas chamber at San Quentin Penitentiary.

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