What Everybody Ought to Know About the Sam Sheppard Murder Case
This Unsolved Murder -- the Subject of Controversy and Misinformation for more
than 56 Years -- has More Secrets to Reveal
The "powers that be" wish we would go away and stop stirring this pot! But we keep digging into old records, compiling facts and comparing evidence -- and we think something is very fishy (other than Lake Erie) about the State of Ohio's prosecution and persecution of Dr. Sam Sheppard.
Still, we are presenting everything we found as objectively as possible because we want YOU to analyze
and compare the facts, claims and new revelations surrounding this case. With reliable and objective information -- compiled for the first time from sources dating
from the 1930s through 2010 -- you will have the complete story and be able to make
an informed decision about who did (and who did not) murder Mrs. Marilyn Sheppard.
As a member of this website and subscriber to our online
magazine, you will have password-protected access to:
Information from a wide variety of sources, compiled here for easy access and comparative analysis.
Information never-before-available to the
public, including new documents, interviews, photographs, out-of-print publications
and other materials provided by Sheppard family members or released from
the Sheppard Archives.
Biography of a Murder, Issue 1
revelations about Coroner Gerber's "The Inner Circle." In a candid
interview with Doris O'Donnell, a Cleveland
Press reporter who covered the Sheppard trial in 1954. we
learn that Coroner Gerber and his "inner circle" of law enforcement
officials and newspaper reporters began building a case against the
Sheppards back in the 1930's, linking Dr. Richard A. Sheppard (Dr.
Sam's father) and the Cleveland Osteopathic Hospital he founded in
downtown Cleveland with the Torso Murders.
Paul Holmes on the Sheppard murder case, an excerpt from
Paul Holmes' forward to My Brother's Keeper, written by Dr.
Stephen A. Sheppard (out of print, limited availability)
Erle Stanley Gardner on the Sheppard murder case, an
excerpt from Erle Stanley Gardner's forward to The Sheppard Murder
Case, written by Paul Holmes
of a Murder, Issue 2 Includes:
The complete affidavit of Dr. Paul Leland Kirk. Kirk
reports to the court regarding his 1955 investigation of the crime scene
with particular attention to his scientific interpretation of blood
spatter in the murder room. Kirk's investigation provided new evidence,
pointing away from Dr. Sam Sheppard as perpetrator.
Sherlock Holmes and Paul Leland Kirk Investigate the Sam Sheppard Murder Case, Chapter One
Biography of a Murder - Future Issues:
Logbook," July 5, 1954 - November
15, 1963. What was it like to live
through this nightmare? Entries made by Dr. Stephen A. Sheppard.
Our Marilyn." Marilyn Sheppard's personal story, excerpts from a
bookwritten by Melissa Reese Weigle, daughter of Mrs. Marilyn
Sheppard's favorite cousin Keith Elihu Weigle, Jr. (unpublished)
Interview with Dr. Stephen A. Sheppard, D.O., M.D., psychiatrist and Dr. Sam's older brother, "In Retrospect," September 2009.
"The Murder Weapon." Facts of the case compiled from documented sources.
Excerpts from transcripts of
personal interviews conducted in 1981 and 1982 by Richard Dalrymple, Jim
Chapman and Janet Sheppard with the following persons connected with
Samuel Gerber, Cuyahoga County
Mary Cowan, Trace
Evidence Department, Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office;
Lester Adelson, pathologist, Cuyahoga County
Drenkhan, investigating police officer, Bay
Mayor of Bay Village, first on the
Esther Houk, wife
of Spencer Houk, first on the
neighbor, he and his wife were last to
see Marilyn alive
son of Esther and Spencer Houk
Houk, daughter of Esther and Spencer Houk
Thomas Reese Weigle, Marilyn Sheppard's cousin;
Herbert MacDonell, expert in forensic analysis;
Jack Pollack, author of Dr. Sam, An American
private detective hired by F. Lee Bailey
Doris O'Donnell, reporter for The Cleveland Press,
covered Sheppard trial;
Peters, editor of editorial page for The Cleveland Press
Ariane Sheppard, married Sam Sheppard upon his
release from prison.
Additional materials, too numerous to list, will be
posted on this website with each new issue of Biography
of a Murder.
The content of this website is provided by Dr. Sam Sheppard's son, Sam Reese Sheppard, and his niece, Janet Sheppard, in cooperation with other Sheppard and Reese family members, lawyers, investigators and authors connected with this unsolved murder.
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Biography of a Murder -- An Online Mystery Magazine
Dr. Paul Leland Kirk's affidavit -- reporting on his 1955 investigation of the crime scene.
Important clues never allowed into court and hidden from the public . . . until now.
Repressed forensic research findings, including results of recent DNA analysis.
Excerpts from out-of-print publications, unpublished documents, personal journals and memoirs from both sides of the case.
Photographs and historical information from private family collections and the Sheppard Case Archives.
interviews with family members, neighbors, law enforcement officials,
criminal investigators, newspaper reporters and others associated with
Opportunity to Solve this Crime - A side-by-side comparison of the evidence mounted against Dr. Sam Sheppard and that pointing toward other suspects (presented as objectively as possible by family members who believe Sam Sheppard is innocent) will let you decide: What really happened? Who murdered Mrs. Marilyn Sheppard?
Members' Forum – Exchange ideas and theories with other members, and submit questions for family members and key people involved with the case.
Member Profiles- Share information about yourself with other members.
Complete Bibliography - List of references and links to other resources.
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