Lecture 28 Sam Sheppard

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  • 1. To Tell A Clevelander I Undressed Marilyn Sheppard William Bligh-Glover M.D. CASE
  • 2. Anatomy 420 2003
  • 3. Tragedy as Landmark
    • Where Danny Green got blown up
      • Brainard Place—Ford administration
    • Where Shondor Burns got blown up
      • Massimo de Milano—Johnson administration
    • Sam Sheppard’s Hospital
      • Bay Village—Eisenhower administration
  • 4. Prologue
    • The Sheppards had friends over 3 rd July, 1954
    • Dinner
    • Watched a movie
    • Sam listened to the Indians game
    • Fell asleep on the daybed
  • 5. The Crime
    • Sam called the Mayor and his brother Steven
      • “Come quick, Spen, I think someone’s killed Marilyn”
    • Marilyn found in a pool of blood in her bedroom.
    • Spencer heard Steve ask Sam “Did you do this?”
      • “Hell, no.”
    • Police arrived shortly thereafter.
  • 6. The daybed
  • 7. The spilled medical bag
  • 8. Marilyn’s desk
  • 9. The study
  • 10. The death scene
  • 11. The victim in situ
  • 12. The victim
  • 13. The victim
  • 14. Sam’s story
    • He was sleeping on daybed
    • Heard wife scream
    • Went upstairs, knocked out by “form”
    • Came to, checked wife, checked son
    • Heard noise, went downstairs
    • “Form” fled down to beach, knocked him out again
    • Came to, called the mayor and his brother
  • 15. Police sketch
  • 16. Marilyn
  • 17. Sam
  • 18. The Problems
    • People rampaging around crime scene
      • Cigarette in toilet
    • Pissing contest with the authorities
    • Antipathy towards family
      • Rumors
    • Media hysteria
      • “Roman holiday”-- Justice Bell Ohio Supreme Court
      • “Hippodrome atmosphere” Wm.Corrigan
  • 19. Cleveland Press Headlines
    • Expressions of populist outrage
    • “Someone is getting away with murder!”
    • “Quit Stalling and Bring Him In!”
  • 20. Samuel Gerber
  • 21. The Inquest
    • ORC Coroner may hold an inquest
    • Cleveland Press pushed for one
    • No one is entitled to counsel
    • Sheppard’s lawyer showed up anyway
      • “What does Sam need a lawyer for?”
      • Lawyer objected on the record
      • Expelled by Dr. Gerber
  • 22. Inquest
  • 23. Tried for murder, guilty of adultery
    • Idyllic marriage
    • Adultery
        • Susan Hayes
        • “There’s the playboy of the Western World”
    • “Lack of sexual aggressiveness”
    • “That’s what happens when you go on vacation without your condoms.”
  • 24. Susan Hayes
  • 25. Trial 1
    • Transcript >6000 pages
    • Sam’s testimony not believed
      • Said “I don’t know 156 times”
      • Said Marilyn bled in the house
      • Stilted diction
        • …where I lunged or jumped or grabbed him in the back, either body or leg. It was something solid. However I am not sure…I had the feeling of twisting or choking and this terminated my consciousness.
  • 26. Prison life
    • Mother’s suicide
    • Model prisoner
    • Wrestling team
    • Experimental subject
    • Married Arianne Tebbenjohaans
      • Josef Goebbel’s sister-in-law
    • Writ of habeas corpus 1964
  • 27. Trial 2
    • Transcript ~1500 pages
    • Many witnesses not called
        • Susan Hayes
        • State didn’t provide motive
    • Sam didn’t take the stand
    • Prosecution pulled its punches
    • Acquittal
    • Within weeks of parole anyway.
  • 28. Redemption
  • 29. Not quite
    • Multiple malpractice suits
    • Lost medical license
    • Divorced Arianne
      • domestic violence
    • Became a professional wrestler
      • “ Killer” Sheppard
      • “ Mandibular nerve hold”
    • Married promoter’s daughter
    • Died of liver failure age 46
  • 30.  
  • 31. SODDI Some Other Dude Did It!
  • 32. The Houks
  • 33. Richard Eberling
  • 34. Comparison
  • 35. The case for Eberling
    • Eberling—Jailhouse confession
    • Eberling—Thief
    • Eberling—Bled in Sheppard house
    • Tanay—Sexually sadistic homicide
      • Eberling killed woman
    • DNA
      • Blood spatter DNA not inconsistent with Eberling
    • Sperm in vaginal swabs
    • Wrist scar from Marilyn’s nail
  • 36. The case against Eberling
    • Eberling—Jailhouse confession
      • Repudiated, passed polygraph
    • Eberling—Thief
      • Stole from Richard Sheppard’s house
    • Eberling—Bled in Sheppard house
      • Never ID by Sheppard at trial
    • Tanay—Sexually sadistic homicide
      • Eberling not interested in women
    • ABO
      • Blood spatter not Eberling’s ABO group
    • Sperm in vaginal swabs
  • 37. Serology Summary
    • Marilyn Sheppard Type O
    • Sam Sheppard Type A
    • Richard Eberling Type A
    • Disputed stain on closet door Type O
    • Blood on Sheppard’s pants Type O
  • 38. Samuel Reese Sheppard
  • 39. Marilyn’s Exhumation
    • Early morning
      • Convoy
    • Exhumation
      • Water damage inside and out
        • Clothes intact
        • Body skeletonized
      • Bottom fell out of casket
      • Entourage
      • Media
    • Returned to CCCO
      • Chased by helicopters
    • DNA sampling
    • Roman holiday continued
  • 40. Trial 3
    • Estate sued Ohio
    • Wrongful imprisonment
    • Negligent in not pursuing Richard Eberling
    • Wide-ranging conspiracy
  • 41. The Conspiracy
    • Cuyahoga County authorities were out to get the Sheppards
    • Malignant influence of Sam Gerber poisoned the people of Cuyahoga County
    • Elizabeth Balraj is doing his bidding still
      • Eminence gris
    • There can never be justice
  • 42. Drama in the court
    • “Johnnie Cochrane/OJ” strategy
    • Ad hominem attacks
      • CCCO & CCPO
    • Tremendous efforts
      • Impugn experts
      • Limit testimony
    • Dramatic reaction to verdict
      • Difficulty finding camera
      • Consoled by Sam Reese Sheppard
  • 43. Autograph evidence
    • Ink is consistent
    • Poor taste
    • Sheppard partisans dismiss this
    • Handwriting analysis not conclusive
  • 44. The autograph
  • 45. The books
  • 46. “I got Cyriled”
    • Stan Seligman
    • Criticisms of CCCO
    • Perceive an antipathy to Dr. Gerber
    • By extension to CCCO
  • 47.  
  • 48. Mortal Evidence
    • Cleveland has been irreversibly poisoned
    • Unable to appreciate forensic science
  • 49. My conclusions
    • I believe that Sam Sheppard killed Marilyn Sheppard
      • Occam’s razor
      • Lying
      • Obvious benefit
    • I do not believe Sam’s cockamamie story
      • What burglar would do this
      • What about the clothes
      • Blood on the pants
    • I believe that the first trial was not fair and unbiased
    • I believe Chip Sheppard is sincere but deluded.
    • I believe he has been taken advantage of.
  • 50. Cyril, Henry, and Michael