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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

Jack DeSario teaches political science at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.

William D. Mason is Cuyahoga County prosecutor.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press; 1st edition, 1st printing. edition (January 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873387708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873387705
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Oh boy!

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.
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This is a good book to add to a collection of books about the Sheppard murder. Do not expect an even handed report here though. The author is unapologetic in his belief that Dr. Sheppard killed his wife. There were a collection of very interesting photos throughout the book That I had not seen before, and those were the best thing in my opinion.
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I was born in the 80s and have approached this case without much exposure to "the media" or "spin." I came to this book looking for more facts and theories. Not really having an axe or a flashlight to grind.

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.
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