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#1    Antilles

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 06:06 AM

http://crime.about.c...heppard_sam.htm

Marilyn Sheppard was brutally murdered while her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard, slept downstairs. Dr. Sheppard was sentenced to life in prison for the murder. He was eventually freed from prison but the scars of the injustices he had to endure were permanent. F. Lee Bailey fought for Sheppard's freedom and won.

I don't think Shepard murdered Marilyn and I believe he was wrongly imprisoned. He ended up as a professional wrestler which led to his early death.

Someone broke into the Shepard house in an early morning in 1954 and beat Marilyn Shepard to death. The crime scene photos are particularly gruesome. There was never any reasonable point put forward for Shepard's wish to murder his wife because there was none. He was railroaded.


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Posted 25 February 2012 - 05:42 PM

In the early 2000's Dr. Sheppard's son was finally able to clear his late father via DNA testing. If I recall correctly the blood evidence matched some handyman that had worked at the Sheppard home. A very sad case indeed.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 06:01 PM

The DNA tests confirmed that a third person was in the house. The blood did not match Dr. Shepard or his wife. The police, at the time, also completely overlooked the fact that Marilyn had been raped. The handyman, who is the prime suspect, did provide a court ordered dna sample and the results concluded that he could not be ruled out as a suspect, but didn't say that he was the killer either. I believe he most likely was, but that is just my opinion.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 06:46 PM

One of my favorite case, Ant. :tu:

I have a very interesting documentary about this case on DVD ( Crimes of the Century, available on Amazon.com ).

Richard Eberling is a very interesting suspect. Eberling himself admitted that he was in the Sheppard home many times( to clean windows ), and that he didn't liked Marilyn. A ring that had belonged to Marilyn was allegedly found in his possesion, and both a fellow convict and former co-worker of Eberling said he confessed to the crime. Sadly the credibility of both witnesses was seriously called into question during the 2000 civil trial.

I am convinced that Sam Sheppard did not kill his wife, however I think it's possible that he could have paid somebody to commit the murder, perhaps Eberling. Eberling allegedly told an inmate that Sam Sheppard promised him 1500$ if he could kill Marilyn. Again, difficult to know the truth, but I believe it's highly possible that Sheppard hired somebody to do the job for him. Back then getting a divorce was possibly the worst humiliation somebody could suffer, and I always find it strange that the murder of poor Marilyn happened right when the couple was talking about getting a divorce. So in my opinion Sam Sheppard hired somebody to kill his wife. To him her death was more acceptable than getting a divorce. Sad but true.

However I agree that the evidences against dr. Sheppard are very weak.


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:07 AM

Shepard paying a hitman to kill Marilyn.That's a really interesting idea Jon and I've never thought about that.

This is a great site about murders in general.

http://law2.umkc.edu...rd/Sheppard.htm

On July 4, 1954, the wife of a handsome young doctor, Sam Sheppard, was brutally murdered in the bedroom of their home in Bay Village, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie.  Sheppard denied any involvement in the murder and described his own battle with the killer he described as "bushy-haired."

Did Sam do it?  It's rare for a murder mystery to endure for over half a century.  Almost always, if the the mystery is not fully resolved at the trial, subsequent admissions, previously uncovered clues, or more sophisticated forensic tests reveal what the trial did not.  Not so with the Sam Sheppard case.  Facing two different juries, twelve years apart, Sam Sheppard was found guilty by one jury, not guilty by the next.  Even over the past few years, partisans continue the debate.  In 2001, a book on the Sheppard case concluded that Sam was clearly innocent.  Two years later, another book on the case argued just as forcefully that the first jury got it right: Sam was guilty as charged.

Apart from the large unanswered question of guilt, the Sheppard case deserves to be considered among the nation's most famous because it produced a landmark U. S. Supreme Court decision on fair trial rights and launched the career of a flamboyant young defense attorney named F. Lee Bailey.


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 06:11 AM

This is the report of the patrolman who 1st visited the scene of the crime. I think this is where the suspicion about Shepard 1st set in.

http://law2.umkc.edu...ardreports.html

He stated that he saw a form, the top of which was white at the bed side of where Mrs. Marilyn Sheppard was found - but did not discern any positive description of this form.


Q: Did he state how he sustained his injuries?
A: Yes, he stated that on entering the room where this form was he thought he had been struck from behind as he lapsed into unconsciousness, shortly thereafter he regained consciousness and found himself in a sitting position with his wallet in front of hill and the badge that was in the wallet reflecting light.


Q: Did he hear a noise downstairs while getting up off the floor?
A: Yes, he immediately ran down stairs and went into the living room and in the door way he made out a figure, he chased this figure down the stairs to the beach where he encountered him and had a brief struggle and he again lapsed into unconsciousness on the beach - he regained consciousness lying face down on the beach with the water wallowing back and forward.

Q: What was his answer when you questioned him relative to his ascending the stairs after he had regained consciousness on the beach?
A: He stated that he went up stairs to Mrs. Sheppard's room and covered her because at her modesty, he did not know the exact time but it wall almost day light.


Q: What was his reply when you stated you did not think a stranger could run down these steps in the darkness?
A: He said he did not know.


Q:  At the time that you arrived at the Sheppard home can you state whether or not the Doctor's hair was wet or was there any indication that he been in the water any time?
A: No, I did not observe that.


Q: Do you recall whether or not there was sand in his trousers?
A: No, I do not know.


Q: Do you recall asking him whether or not the person he allegedly pursued had a weapon in his hand?
A: He said he did not see anything.


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Posted 06 March 2012 - 06:10 PM

Thanks for sharing, Ant. Great job, as always. :)

I agree that the evidences against dr. Sam are really weak, and that therefore he should'nt have been found guilty of the murder. However the timing of Marilyn's death is, to me, the biggest evidence that Sam Sheppard might have been involved in her death. I really believe that it was more easy for Sam to accept the death of his wife than going throught a divorce. I think it's highly possible that Sam hired somebody to murder his wife for him. Highly possible.

There isn't much videos about the case on Youtube. However I found one.

One of my favorite show, in fact one the first show who got me interested in criminology, was TLC'S The Ultimate 10 Unsolved Crime Mysteries, produced in 2001. Here's part 2 of this great countdown. The part about the murder of Marilyn Sheppard begins at 4:06 of the video.




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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:59 AM

This is from the ukmc site.

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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS
CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OHIO
STATE OF OHIO
CASE NO. CR 64571

Plaintiff

-vs.-

SAMUEL H. SHEPPARD

Defendant                                                      

PETITION FOR DECLARATION OF INNOCENCE AS A WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED INDIVIDUAL


Now comes Alan J. Davis, Special Administrator of the Estate of Samuel H.  Sheppard, through undersigned counsel, and hereby petitions this Honorable Court for an order, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 2743.48, to declare Samuel H. Sheppard a wrongfully imprisoned person, for the reason that said Samuel H. Sheppard was convicted of second degree murder of his wife, Marilyn Sheppard, in 1954, spent nearly ten years in prison as a result of this conviction, and, as the evidence will show by clear and convincing proof, was actually innocent of this crime.


This Court, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.02:

“... has exclusive, original jurisdiction to hear and determine an action or proceeding that is commenced by an individual who satisfies divisions (A) (1) to (3) of section 2743.48 of the Revised Code and that seeks a determination by the court that the offense of which he was found guilty, including all lesser included offenses, either was not committed by him or was not committed by any person."

The basis for this Petition is as follows:

         1.     Dr. Sheppard was indicted for murder in the first degree on August 17, 1954 in connection with the death of his wife, Marilyn Sheppard.

         2.     His trial ended with a verdict of guilty of murder in the second degree on December 21, 1954, and on January 3, 1955, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

         3.     After a lengthy appeals process, the United States Supreme Court in 1964, reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial based on the unfairness of the trial and the prejudicial role of the media.

         4.     On November 16, 1966, Dr. Sheppard was subject to a re-trial and found not guilty of the murder.

         5.     Dr. Sheppard was incarcerated for nearly ten years in Ohio prisons.

         6.     At the time of his arrest, Dr. Sheppard was a practicing physician, with a successful career, the father of a young son, age seven, and a prominent member of the community. The conviction and incarceration essentially ruined his life and caused irreparable suffering for his son and other members of his family. Dr. Sheppard, a once healthy and athletic man, died on April 6, 1970 at the age of 46, due in large part to the years of physical neglect, abuse and mental anguish arising from this prosecution, imprisonment, separation from family, society and career.

         7.     Despite his acquittal in 1966, the State of Ohio, through the various law enforcement agencies involved in this case, never seriously entertained the notion of finding the actual killer of Marilyn Sheppard. While the case was technically open and unsolved, these agencies did little more than filing reports of new information that would come to their attention, yet take no serious investigative action.

        8.     Between 1990 and 1995, Samuel Reese Sheppard, son of Dr. Sheppard; Cynthia Cooper, a journalist-author; investigators from AMSEC, a professional investigative firm; and undersigned counsel conducted a comprehensive and massive review of every aspect of this case. Witnesses, many of whom were never contacted by law enforcement, were interviewed. Police reports, forensic reports, and witness statements never provided the defense at trial, nor disclosed since, were obtained through Public Records Act requests and litigation. Contemporary forensic experts were consulted to review scientific evidence in the case, measuring the significance in light of modern forensic science.

         9.     The result of this investigation leads to the conclusion that Dr. Sheppard is innocent of the murder of his wife, Marilyn, and that an individual named Richard Eberling currently incarcerated for the murder of another woman, is the likely murderer.

        10. The critical evidence in support of Dr. Sheppard's innocence will be presented in the course of these proceedings; however a few major disclosures should be mentioned at this juncture:

              (A)   The killer of Marilyn Sheppard left a trail of blood from the murder room throughout the house, blood that could only have come from the oozing wound of the murderer. A newly disclosed police report reveals the existence and even collection of samples from this blood trail, but no testing was ever done for blood type. Dr. Sheppard was immediately examined, and although he had serious neck and back internal injuries (as a result of his being assaulted by the killer), no open wounds were found on his body. Marilyn Sheppard's teeth were pulled out in a way that indicated she bit the person who was attacking her. Blood from a third person was found in the murder room after testing by renowned criminalist Dr. Paul Leland Kirk, who conducted an exhaustive search of the crime scene in 1955. Richard Eberling, when arrested for a series of burglaries and thefts in 1959 (including the theft of Marilyn Sheppard's ring from the home of Dr. Sheppard's brother), disclosed that he had cut his hand washing windows at the Sheppard home, but gave conflicting times and dates as to when that supposedly occurred. In 1990, investigators tracked down a co-worker of Eberling who insisted that he, not Eberling washed the windows at the Sheppard home in the days before the murder. Incidentally, Eberling was not interrogated by police at the time of the murder, and in 1959, when Eberling was in custody, police were told to drop the matter by Coroner Gerber, Dr. Sheppard's principal accuser, as well as John T. Corrigan, the County Prosecutor.

           (B)   A Scientific Investigation Unit report, also never disclosed by the prosecution, reveals that there was fresh evidence of forcible entry through the cellar door. The finding was significant enough to require a plasticine impression of the damaged doorway. Yet, the prosecution's most powerful argument against Dr. Sheppard was that there was no evidence of a break-in, and that Dr. Sheppard was the only one in the house at the time of the murder. That theory can now be debunked because the killer entered through the basement, an entry only known to a small number of people, including Eberling.

           11. The re-investigation focused on Richard Eberling as a suspect, who is now serving a life imprisonment for the murder of Ethel Durkin. Eberling has a long and documented history of psychosis and psychopathic symptoms, beginning with neurological impairment as a child. His medical, psychological, and behavioral patterns are consistent with those of disturbed and even serial killers. The investigation reveals other unsolved killings of women, including the sisters of Ms. Durkin and others, with striking similarities to, the Sheppard murder. Eberling was obsessed with Marilyn Sheppard as indicated by his focus on owning her ring. He was a jewel thief and burglar, and on the' night of the murder, jewelry and cash were taken from the home. He was jealous of the Sheppard’s and their success in life, and the family he never had. He hated Dr. Sheppard for his athletic accomplishments, and two athletic trophies were smashed to the floor on the night of the murder, evidence of hostility and hatred. Eberling had a remarkable knowledge of the description of the property and the furnishings, and as of 1992, was able to draw an architecturally accurate drawing of the property. He cannot truthfully account for his whereabouts at the time of the murder. He fits all the available descriptions of the killer, including the build, the height, the large head, and the use of wigs. The police drawings derived from eyewitnesses who saw a man near the Sheppard home that evening, reveal a similarity to Eberling. Finally, Eberling, who granted a number of interviews and corresponded with Cynthia Cooper since 1992, has been obsessed with the Sheppard murder case and Marilyn Sheppard herself, and has made statements such as "why do women fight back when they are raped?" or "I'm looking at her now and she doesn't look pregnant." There is evidence that Marilyn Sheppard was sexually assaulted, as inferred by her nightgown pushed above her abdomen, yet this aspect was never pursued by the police.

         12. The evidence will show that Eberling had motive, opportunity, identity, and access to kill Marilyn Sheppard.

         13. A review of all the evidence demonstrates that Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard could not have murdered his wife, had no reason to murder his wife, and was a victim of a misdirected, overreaching prosecution.

WHEREFORE, it is urged that this Court undue this momentous injustice, declare Dr. Sheppard innocent, and enter a determination that he is a wrongfully imprisoned individual.

  Respectfully submitted,


TERRY H. GILBERT (0021948)

Attorney for Petitioner, Special Administrator
of the Estate of Samuel H. Sheppard
1700 Standard Building
1370 Ontario Street
Cleveland,OH 44113
(216) 241-1430

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

A copy of the foregoing has been hand-delivered, this 19 day of October, 1995, to Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, at her office, Justice Center, 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.          


Sheppard Trials Homepage


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Posted 07 March 2012 - 12:53 PM

That is awful.  There has been so many cases that have blamed the wrong people and their lives are ruined, not to mention the suffering they feel by losing someone they love.


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Posted 07 March 2012 - 05:57 PM

Thanks for sharing, Ant, but I don't agree at all with some of the points of this petition.

I agree that Eberling is a very good suspect ( I shared the infos about him in my first reply ), and I agree that he could have been the murderer.

However whoever wrote this petition have absolutely no evidences that Sheppard had no reason to murder his wife. In fact I think this statement is ridiculous: Sam Sheppard indeed had reasons to kill his wife. Their marriage had hit rock bottom; Sam had a mistress for the past 3 years, and from all accounts he wanted to marry this girl. Sam was out of love for Marilyn, and he could have easily paid somebody to get her out of the way. Again timing is everything, and it's really strange that Marilyn died when the couple's relationship was at its lowest point.

And what about the statement that Eberling was offered 1500$ by Sam Sheppard to kill Marylin ?? Of course this petition say nothing about it. Of course not.

I agree that there's no solid evidences showing that Sam Sheppard was guilty, but I am sorry: There's no solid evidences showing that he was 100% innocent of this crime.

Anyone who read about this case knows that Sam Sheppard had "reasons" ( only in his mind, but still ) to kill his wife. Again the timing of the whole thing is really, really suspicious, and it's difficult to believe Sam Sheppard had nothing to do with this horrible event.

Yes: Eberling had motive, opportunity, identity, and access to kill Marilyn Sheppard. But the same goes for Sam. Sad but true. And if you want my opinion: Sam had more reasons to kill Marylin than Eberling had. I'm just saying....

Edited by JonathanVonErich, 07 March 2012 - 06:08 PM.


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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:49 PM

View PostLaisria, on 07 March 2012 - 12:53 PM, said:

That is awful.  There has been so many cases that have blamed the wrong people and their lives are ruined, not to mention the suffering they feel by losing someone they love.

Imagine the ones we don't know about. Imagine the lives ruined all in the name of money.


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Posted 08 March 2012 - 06:33 AM

View PostJonathanVonErich, on 07 March 2012 - 05:57 PM, said:

Thanks for sharing, Ant, but I don't agree at all with some of the points of this petition.

I agree that Eberling is a very good suspect ( I shared the infos about him in my first reply ), and I agree that he could have been the murderer.

However whoever wrote this petition have absolutely no evidences that Sheppard had no reason to murder his wife. In fact I think this statement is ridiculous: Sam Sheppard indeed had reasons to kill his wife. Their marriage had hit rock bottom; Sam had a mistress for the past 3 years, and from all accounts he wanted to marry this girl. Sam was out of love for Marilyn, and he could have easily paid somebody to get her out of the way. Again timing is everything, and it's really strange that Marilyn died when the couple's relationship was at its lowest point.

And what about the statement that Eberling was offered 1500$ by Sam Sheppard to kill Marylin ?? Of course this petition say nothing about it. Of course not.

I agree that there's no solid evidences showing that Sam Sheppard was guilty, but I am sorry: There's no solid evidences showing that he was 100% innocent of this crime.

Anyone who read about this case knows that Sam Sheppard had "reasons" ( only in his mind, but still ) to kill his wife. Again the timing of the whole thing is really, really suspicious, and it's difficult to believe Sam Sheppard had nothing to do with this horrible event.

Yes: Eberling had motive, opportunity, identity, and access to kill Marilyn Sheppard. But the same goes for Sam. Sad but true. And if you want my opinion: Sam had more reasons to kill Marylin than Eberling had. I'm just saying....

That's OK Jon. We don't have to always agree. :yes: We do both agree that Shepard didn't kill Marilyn. You think Shepard ordered a hit on her. I think Eberling was a freaking psycho hellbent on revenge.

In the clip you posted it pointed at  a couple, the man belted Shepard and the woman killed Marilyn. That one I find difficult to believe.


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Posted 08 March 2012 - 09:47 AM

View PostJonathanVonErich, on 07 March 2012 - 05:57 PM, said:

Thanks for sharing, Ant, but I don't agree at all with some of the points of this petition.

I agree that Eberling is a very good suspect ( I shared the infos about him in my first reply ), and I agree that he could have been the murderer.

However whoever wrote this petition have absolutely no evidences that Sheppard had no reason to murder his wife. In fact I think this statement is ridiculous: Sam Sheppard indeed had reasons to kill his wife. Their marriage had hit rock bottom; Sam had a mistress for the past 3 years, and from all accounts he wanted to marry this girl. Sam was out of love for Marilyn, and he could have easily paid somebody to get her out of the way. Again timing is everything, and it's really strange that Marilyn died when the couple's relationship was at its lowest point.

And what about the statement that Eberling was offered 1500$ by Sam Sheppard to kill Marylin ?? Of course this petition say nothing about it. Of course not.

I agree that there's no solid evidences showing that Sam Sheppard was guilty, but I am sorry: There's no solid evidences showing that he was 100% innocent of this crime.

Anyone who read about this case knows that Sam Sheppard had "reasons" ( only in his mind, but still ) to kill his wife. Again the timing of the whole thing is really, really suspicious, and it's difficult to believe Sam Sheppard had nothing to do with this horrible event.

Yes: Eberling had motive, opportunity, identity, and access to kill Marilyn Sheppard. But the same goes for Sam. Sad but true. And if you want my opinion: Sam had more reasons to kill Marylin than Eberling had. I'm just saying....

I don’t know much about this case other than that which has been posted on this thread and a little research I did into Eberling’s history last night but the odd’s of shepherd having murderous intentions and then meeting with someone who seems to me to have been a pre-existing borderline serial killer seems a little far fetched to me.

Plenty of people have affairs….plenty of relationships break down….i don’t see such as a primary motive for murder.


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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:33 AM

View Postdekker87, on 08 March 2012 - 09:47 AM, said:

I don’t know much about this case other than that which has been posted on this thread and a little research I did into Eberling’s history last night but the odd’s of shepherd having murderous intentions and then meeting with someone who seems to me to have been a pre-existing borderline serial killer seems a little far fetched to me.

Plenty of people have affairs….plenty of relationships break down….i don’t see such as a primary motive for murder.

I do agree. There is such a thing as divorce and as far as I'm aware there was never anything in Shepard's history that would suggest violence towards Marilyn, certainly nothing that would suggest he would contemplate murdering her.

This was a terrible miscarriage of justice. The Cleveland cops got Shepard in their sights and they never let him go. They had tunnel vision. They just could not accept that there was another explanation.

Edited by Antilles, 08 March 2012 - 11:34 AM.


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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:19 PM

View PostAntilles, on 08 March 2012 - 06:33 AM, said:

In the clip you posted it pointed at  a couple, the man belted Shepard and the woman killed Marilyn. That one I find difficult to believe.
Same here, it's simply not a very credible theory to me.


View Postdekker87, on 08 March 2012 - 09:47 AM, said:

Plenty of people have affairs….plenty of relationships break down….i don’t see such as a primary motive for murder.
I disagree. Back in the 40's and 50's a lot of people saw a divorce as the ultimate humiliation, even more if, like Sam Sheppard, you were a very respected and important member of the community. I have read about plenty of old cases were the husband or wife was more open to the idea of killing their partner instead of getting throught the humiliation of a divorce. Sad but true. I agree that there's not a lot of evidences to back up my theory, but some of the facts are true: Sam had a mistress for years, he was out of love for Marilyn, and it's very logical to me that he would have prefered to see her dead instead of getting a divorce or instead of having to live with a woman he simply didn't loved anymore. Only what I think.

We also have to remember that Marilyn was pregnant when she was killed. Since the couple was having trouble it's a possibility that Sam simply didn't wanted another child with Marilyn. There you have another motive for Sam to kill his wife. Sad, but true.


View PostAntilles, on 08 March 2012 - 11:33 AM, said:

This was a terrible miscarriage of justice. The Cleveland cops got Shepard in their sights and they never let him go. They had tunnel vision. They just could not accept that there was another explanation.
Even if I don't believe Sheppard was innocent I agree that he shouldn't have been sent in jail based on the evidences the authorities had against him. The evidences against him were too weak to sent him in jail, so I agree that it was a case of miscarriage of justice. However I'm waiting for evidences showing me that Dr. Sam was really innocent.

Edited by JonathanVonErich, 10 March 2012 - 07:20 PM.





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