Video Vault: Sheppard Murder and Tom Cousineau on July 4, 1984 WEWS Live On Five

WEWS news program won a 1984 Emmy Award

CLEVELAND - Take about 45 minutes to travel back to 1984 with me.

It’s July 4 and Live On Five has a whale of a broadcast. By the way, this edition of Live On Five is an Emmy Winner. Executive producer Terry Moir and producers Andy Fishman and Patti Rand won the regional award for this show.

The line up of guests is impressive; Ariane Sheppard, local NFL star Tom Cousineau, race car driver Scott Brayton, rockers The Go Go’s, TV5 Medical Editor Dr. Ted Castele plus a look at the 90th birthday of Cleveland’s Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.

We start with a news block with WEWS reporter Paul Orlousky in Chopper 5 checking out traffic at Edgewater Park for the upcoming fireworks, but let's head off to the next clip and the haunting murder of Marilyn Sheppard.

Ariane Sheppard, the second wife of Sam Sheppard, talks to Wilma Smith about her husband’s conviction for the murder of first wife Marilyn and his acquittal in the second trial 12 years later.

The murder of Marilyn Sheppard took place July 4, 1954 in the couple's Bay Village home.

Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted in a trial easily branded as a circus. Tried in the court of public opinion, whipped up by sensational press coverage, the verdict of guilty would stand until 1966.

A second trial with a young, hot-shot attorney by the name of F. Lee Bailey ended with Sheppard being set free and acquitted of his wife’s murder.

Araine Sheppard tells Wilma she began correspondence with the Sheppard family after Sam’s conviction. The letters would eventually lead to Ariane marrying a man in a maximum security prison.

She tells Wilma at the time of her husband’s acquittal, he was “far gone with drug and alcohol addiction” and consumed with bitterness over the time he spent in prison.

Sheppard says after acquittal, Sam was not the person she once knew and became abusive.

Through it all, Ariane never doubted Dr. Sam’s innocence.

In segment two with Ariane Sheppard, she talks of the way Dr. Sam was arrested and how the courts have changed in their rulings since then. She tells Wilma how she handled criticism of the public in her marriage.

A caller asks Ariane about Sam’s son. She tells the caller he’s 37 years old and lives in Massachusetts.

Years later, the son, Sam Reese Sheppard, sued the state of Ohio over his dad’s imprisonment. A jury said he failed to prove his father had been wrongfully imprisoned.

Segment four in our video player contains a health report from Dr. Ted Castele on dental anesthetic plus a video essay on summer in Cleveland from WEWS videographer Dave Gapinski.

A trip to the newsroom kicks off segment five of the July 4, 1984 edition of Live On Five.

WEWS anchor Pat Minarcin tells of upcoming stories on the 6 p.m. newscast. We see teases from Paul Meincke, Tom Shay, Marty Gould and some fun with meteorologist Dan Dobrowolski. That live shot at Edgewater Park shot by yours truly.

Catherine Valeriote gives a tour of the newly refurbished Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.

Other items in the news segment include gas for under a buck and remembering the July 4, 1969 storm.

There’s national news in segment six. Reagan is the president, the Statue of Liberty is being restored, Air Florida files for bankruptcy and troubles with the space shuttle.

In our final segment, WEWS anchor Steve Wolford interviews Scott Brayton. Brayton has a Clevelander in his pit crew, Tom Cousineau.

Fellow Browns player Bob Golic was already on Brayton’s team which led to Cousineau’s involvement.

Cousineau was a football star at St. Ed’s in Lakewood as well as Ohio State.

Brayton is in Cleveland for the Cleveland Grand Prix race at Burke Lakefront Airport.

The last three minutes of Live On Five highlight the Go Go’s. Live On Five’s Man On Music, Dave Tarbert uses music videos (courtesy of The Rascal House) to profile the women rockers.

Tarbert tells us they are the second leading female group in rock history in album sales to that point with only the Supremes having sold more.

Tarbert interviews the ladies, Gina Schock and Jane Wiedlin on stage at Blossom Music Center. He also talks a few of their fans on the lawn.

And that’s it, the 1984 Emmy-winning Live On Five.

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