PHOTOS: The infamous 1954 Bay Village murder case and trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard
The 1954 death of Marilyn Sheppard and the trial that followed could be considered the O.J. Simpson case of its time. The beating death of Marilyn in her Bay Village home she shared with her husband Dr. Sam Sheppard sparked controversy. Police became suspicious of Sheppard's claims that the murder was perpetrated by a bushy-haired man. Dr. Sheppard was arrested and convicted of 2nd-degree murder. After an appeal, a Supreme Court ruling and retrial in 1966 found Sheppard not guilty.
Dr. Samuel Sheppard (right) is led away to the Ohio Penitentiary in 1955 after being convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.Photo by: The Cleveland Memory Project Jurors from the Sam Sheppard murder trial walk down the snowy steps from the courthouse. Jurors were selected in October 1954, and had their names, photos, and addresses printed in the local newspapers. Luella Williams, Beatrice Orenstein, an unidentified juror, and Anne Foote appear from left to right.— The Cleveland Memory Project.Photo by: The Cleveland Memory Project Trash from the Fourth of July picnic at the Sheppard residence. The Sheppards had a picnic the day that Marilyn was murdered.Photo by: The Cleveland Memory Project Coroner Samuel Gerber. He felt that Sheppard was guilty early on in the case. He held an inquest at Normandy Elementary School, where Sheppard lied about having an affair.Photo by: The Cleveland Memory Project This photograph shows the spectator side of the courtroom during the Sam Sheppard trial. The trial was widely publicized. Journalists came from across the country to cover the case.— The Cleveland Memory Project.Photo by: The Cleveland Memory Project Television reporters report a news segment outside the courthouse during the Sam Sheppard murder trial.— The Cleveland Memory Project.Photo by: The Cleveland Memory Project Mrs. Nancy Ahern, a friend and neighbor of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Sheppard, took the witness stand Nov. 9th. Mrs. Ahern, the third state witness, testified that Marilyn had told her that Dr. Samuel Sheppard had given a watch to a "young lady in California" and had been thinking of a divorce. Nancy Ahern was also a guest at the party of the Sheppards the day that Marilyn was murdered— The Cleveland Memory ProjectPhoto by: The Cleveland Memory Project Dr. Sam Sheppard, who served almost 10 years in prison but was freed and acquitted in a second trial on charges of murdering his wife, does some Christmas shopping with his German-born second wife, Ariane, Dec. 21. Sheppard, visiting his in-laws in Germany, said Dec. 22 that he has not decided whether to return to the U.S.A. or begin a new life in Europe."--photo verso.Photo by: Cleveland Memory Project These are the stairs on the beach outside of the Sheppard home. Sam Sheppard claimed he fought a bushy haired man in this area. Sheppard said that the bushy haired man killed his wife, Marilyn.Photo by: The Cleveland Memory Project