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Dr. Sam Sheppard on Trial: The Prosecutors and the Marilyn Sheppard Murder Hardcover – January 21, 2004
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About the Author
William D. Mason is Cuyahoga County prosecutor.
Top Customer Reviews
If you have ever taken a criminal law class, you would definitely know about the controversy that surrounded the 1954 murder of Marilyn Sheppard. Everything about the case is a mystery. From the start, the people made an outcry for justice, claiming that the husband of the murdered victim, Dr. Sam Sheppard, had done it. But did he? I thought if I read a couple of books I would find something that would clear my mind, but that is not happening in fact, my mind is even more confused.
In 1954, Sam Sheppard was convicted for the murder of his wife. Conflicting medical evidence and to me undisclosed information has made this case unsolvable.
This book in particuliar, follows the prosecutor who was in charge of defending the state against a civil trial, the wrongful death suit, Sam Sheppards son had brought against the state. As I read the testimony and the information, I felt more confused than ever.
I had to come to the conclusion, there are only two witnesses who know the truth and that is Marilyn and Sam Sheppard, now both deceased. I have to commend his son for trying so hard to clear his father's name, for trying to find the true justice. Because when the smoke clears and all is said and done, it is he who suffers the worst. He lost both of his parents and one just when he was seven years old and my heart goes out to him.
Unfortunately, the reality is that all the books in this area are biased; emotionally, politically, economically. I tried to read the Neff book but I found his style of pseudo non-fiction -where he presents speculations as fact- extremely unhelpful and jarring. For example, he describes in subtle degrees how Marilyn felt about people. Uhhm ok.
In contrast, in Dr. Sam Sheppard on Trial, the authors give clear disclosure and context and present the evidence they have directly (albeit with their interpretation and passion) in a pretty straight-forward manner and to date, this has been the most helpful resource that I have found. Readers get to look at (or cover with their hand) the photos of the crime scene, read the different statements Dr. Sheppard gave, read most of what was allowed into each court and what wasn't.
Most fascinating was the discussion of the murder weapon, the watch and the wallet. All these of course are implicated in the statements made by Mr. Sheppard. The state re-read his testimony at trial and most helpfully reproduced it in this book. The testimony that his son hadn't, wouldn't or couldn't read/ask his father about even though he is understandably obsessed with this tragedy. The testimony seems to have been the major difference resulting in Dr. Sheppard's acquittal. And the testimony and it's implications are well presented and handled in this book.
I find all of this context and direct evidence very useful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The authors do a good job explaining the huge amount of info they had to win the Sam Sheppard case brought by his son. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary H
Excellent book. Could not put it down. I've read two other books about this case and watched several documentaries and a movie (1975). Read morePublished 4 months ago by RICHARD L JACKSON
The book tells the facts and lets the reader make up his or her own mind about guilt or innocence. As the wife of the author, all of the evidence that exists in this case was in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by MJTeacher
This book presents the Sam Sheppard case through the eyes of the defendants (the state of Ohio) in a wrongful imprisonment suit brought by Sam Sheppard's son. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Book Fanatic
This book is a glowing tribute to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. Little wonder, considering the identity of one of its' coauthors. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Thomas G. Matowitz Jr.
There are more than a few tomes out there concerning the Sam Sheppard case, and given the passions that it stirred from the beginning, it is predictable that it is hard to find an... Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Mark Kittell
I have been interested in the Sheppard Murder since first seeing it on TV in 1975 with George Peppard. This book read very well.. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Rhonda
I was watching Tony Blair try to explain covering up George W. Bush's lies in starting the war in Iraq. He protects him, he will be protected. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Brian Keith O. Hara