THE MURDER OF MARILYN SHEPPARD, 1954

DID SAM DO IT?

Dr. Sam Sheppard and his wife, Marilyn, seemed to have an ideal home and marriage—until a savage murder revealed the dark undercurrents in their “perfect life.”

The murder of Marilyn Sheppard and the subsequent trial of her prosperous, good-looking doctor husband has cast a long shadow. The novelist Ernest Hemingway wrote: “A trial like this, with its elements of doubt, is the greatest human story of all… This is the real thing. This trial has everything the public clamors for.”

As day broke on July 4, 1954, Marilyn Sheppard was bludgeoned to death with an unknown instrument in the bedroom of the couple’s idyllic home. With her husband the prime suspect, the shocking murder led to one of the ...

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