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Dr. Sam Sheppard on Trial: The Prosecutors and the Marilyn Sheppard Murder Hardcover – June, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873387708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873387705
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack DeSario teaches political science at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. William D. Mason is Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

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The author did a great job with details and emotions.
P. Jones
The testimony seems to have been the major difference resulting in Dr. Sheppard's acquittal.
Mong Pa
The book rather tastelessly includes autopsy photographs of Marilyn Sheppard's face.
Thomas G. Matowitz Jr.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Several books have been written about the famous Marilyn Sheppard murder case. The great majority of them have been decidedly pro-Dr Sam. Now, at last, the prosecutors have broken their silence as far as books are concerned. This is an extremely interesting account of the third Sheppard trial (the civil suit against the state of Ohio, brought by Sam Reese Sheppard for wrongful imprisonment of his father, Dr Sam Sheppard). The photographic material is outstanding: finally I can see what coroner Gerber meant when he spoke about a surgical instrument having made a bloody imprint on Marilyns pillow case (not that he was right about that, but the strange "instrument-like" impression is clearly visible). The most powerful aspect of this book is that it is completely focused on evidence and facts. There is, for instance, an appendix with the original police report and various statements by Dr Sam. The reader can read, line for line, the cross-examination of Dr Sam Sheppard during the trial in 1954. This emphasis on the facts of the case enables the reader to interpret the available evidence in one or the other direction. My only criticism (and the reason for not giving five stars) is that the focus tends to be so much on the evidence and law aspects that the human beings sometimes get a little lost. Otherwise, an excellent account and probably the last word on the Sheppard case (although this case seems to be a neverending story, so one never knows...).
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Stark Bellamy II on October 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Marilyn Sheppard murder mystery refuses to die. It's a good guess that if her ghost were to rise out of the grave and identify her actual killer, it wouldn't change anyone's settled convictions about the case and the question of who the murderer was. That said, William Mason and Jack P. DeSario's narrative of the third (final?)Sheppard trial three years ago should settle some of the long-standing myths and misconceptions about the case that is believed (erroneously)to have inspired "The Fugitive" television series. This is a detailed, passionately argued and frankly partisan account of prosecutor Mason's successful defense on behalf of the State of Ohio against Sam Reese Sheppard's wrongful imprisonment suit. As such, it offers a blow-by-blow account of the assertions made by Sheppard's attorney Terry Gilbert and how Mason and his staff demolished them during the lengthy civil suit that ended with a decisive verdict for the State on April 20, 2003. It's all here: the obligatory rehashes of the murder, the 1954 trial, the 1966 trial, the decade-long campaign by Sheppard's defenders to finger Richard Eberling as the real killer, and the bizarre legal strategies that culminated in Terry Gilbert's courtroom defeat? Most interestingly, Mason and DeSario's account suggests fascinating questions that it does not answer. Why, for example, did Sam Reese Sheppard and Terry Gilbert insist on presenting the jury with the narrative of a"happy" marriage for Sam and Marilyn Sheppard--an ironic echo of Sam's foolish lies about his marriage during his initial interrogation and inquest? Why did Sam Reese and Gilbert overhype the implications of their much-touted--but ultimately disappointing--DNA evidence?Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas G. Matowitz Jr. on October 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is a glowing tribute to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. Little wonder, considering the identity of one of its' coauthors. I don't think the book does a very good job supporting its' contentions about the case.
Given more than half a century to do so, the state has never produced or even conclusively identified the mysterious surgical instrument supposedly wielded by Marilyn Sheppard's killer.The book offers several photos of an indecipherable bloodstain on a pillow case with the confident assertion that the stain is a direct impression of the long lost surgical instrument. This is undermined a sentence or two later with the statement that it could also be the imprint of a lamp, yet another crucial piece of evidence that has never been located.
The book rather tastelessly includes autopsy photographs of Marilyn Sheppard's face. Several deadly wounds to her forehead are depicted clearly, but from the eyebrows to the chin, the face appears otherwise undamaged, This is followed up with an image represented as being Mrs. Sheppard's skull taken many years later. The damage to the skull is extensive, implying disfiguring facial injuries. This seems inconsistent with the face depicted in the 1954 autopsy photos.
I believe that for many years there was a faction of very influential people in Cleveland who would have been subject to considerable personal and professional embarrassment if Dr. Sheppard was conclusively proven innocent. High on that list would be Louis B. Seltzer whose interference in the case is now widely acknowledged. Despite the great influence he once wielded in Cleveland, he is now largely forgotten, and the Cleveland Press ceased to exist a generation ago.
Several things are not in dispute. Dr.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Once you start reading this book you won't be able to put it down!!!! You don't have to be interested in law to enjoy this book. From the very beginning this book grabs your attention and makes you keep reading. The Sam Sheppard murder case was a truly intriguing case and this book about the trial clarifies the true facts on what really happened the night of the murder. This book is a must read!
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