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The Wrong Man: The Final Verdict on the Dr. Sam Sheppard Murder Case
by James Neff
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375761055, Paperback)Before O.J. Simpson, Sam Sheppard was probably the most famous man acquitted for murder in the United States. Sheppard was a suburban Cleveland doctor accused of murdering his wife in 1954. The essentials of his case are well known. Sheppard said he was asleep on the couch when he heard his wife scream from the bedroom; he ran up the stairs and was knocked out by her attacker. Before long, Sheppard himself became the leading suspect--and most of the public came to consider him guilty. In The Wrong Man, reporter James Neff offers a detailed and well-told narrative that argues for Sheppard's innocence. Based on 10 years of research and interviews with many of the people whose lives touched the case, from family members to jurors to Sheppard's famous attorney F. Lee Bailey, Neff's account seems convincing. He even proposes a perpetrator, who, Neff says, offered something "close of a confession" during an interview shortly before his death in 1998. There may never be a "final verdict" in the saga of Sam Sheppard, but many readers will think this book effectively closes the case. --John Miller
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:23 -0400)
"It began in a quiet suburb of Cleveland before dawn on July 4, 1954, when Marilyn Sheppard, four months pregnant, was bludgeoned to death in her bed. After a cursory investigation, the police accused her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard, despite his insistence that he had wrestled with "a bushy- haired intruder" who knocked him unconscious. The murder ignited a firestorm of publicity and speculation that quickly spread from the small town of Bay Village to the rest of the nation. Sheppard narrowly escaped the death penalty, but was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Until The Wrong Man, the full story of this brutal crime and its terrible aftermath has never been told. Reporter James Neff solves the mystery that continues to fascinate even after almost fifty years, and leads us to the true killer. Over the past ten years Neff has unearthed the secrets of the Sh eppard case, accumulating records and interviews so comprehensive and unique that the county prosecutors in the recent civil trial tried to seize his files."--BOOK JACKET.
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