Book Reviews of Dr. Sam: An American Tragedy

Dr. Sam: An American Tragedy
Dr Sam An American Tragedy
Author: Jack Harrison Pollack
ISBN-13: 9780380004881
ISBN-10: 0380004887
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 238
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Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Unknown Binding
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In the early morning hours of July 4, 1954, Marilyn Sheppard, the pregnant 31-jr. old wife of handsome osteopathic Dr. Sam Sheppard from Cleveland, OH, was found battered to death in her own bed.

This was the most notorious crime of the 1950s. This book came out in 1972-1975 with a lot of data on other books and movies for comparison. Some of the books are out of print but can be purchased on Amazon & e-bay if you are willing to pay the price. Many of the old newspaper articles and magazine articles are available on the web.

I found the book very informative and sad. There were actually 2 people killed 7/4/54 because Dr. Sam never was able to get his life together after his wife was killed. My mother and I were enthralled with the TV series "The Fugitive" which allegedly was based on Dr. SHeppard and this murder. That is how I became interested in the Sheppard case. I have ordered all the books available mentioned in Dr. Sam to read up some more and find out the status/end result.

F. Lee Bailey got his famous recognition on this case. You will see similarity to O.J. Simpson case on which he served. You may understand a little more on circus atmosphere with the press when reading this book.

You can also see why Lady Justice is covered in blindfold. And you will learn the judicial changes brought about because of this case. Then there will be the forensic changes brought about at the time of this case just like in the OJ Simpson case with the DNA controversy. Also how the police trampled all over the crime scene. Great reading. Don't miss.
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An old book that argues (as they all did) for Sheppard's innocence. Pollack had access to Sheppard during the first trial. Interesting.