From Library Journal
Just as the O.J. Simpson case is the trial of the 1990s, the Sam Sheppard case was the trial of the 1950s and 1960s. Because of pretrial publicity and the police department's sloppy investigation, Dr. Sheppard was convicted of murdering his wife, Marilyn. The police and the media never considered any other suspects in this case. Sheppard proclaimed his innocence and appealed his conviction. F. Lee Bailey, unknown at the time, took over the case when Sheppard's lawyer died and successfully argued for a new trial because of the pretrial publicity and the "rush to judgment" on the case. The Supreme Court decision set the standard for future trials and procedures. Cooper, a lawyer, and Sam Reese Sheppard, the doctor's only child and a death penalty opponent, present their case that Sam Sheppard was innocent and suggest others who were never investigated as possible suspects. Officially, the case on Marilyn Sheppard remains unsolved. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor is currently reviewing the facts in the case to determine whether it should be reopened. Expect demand because of the subject and increased demand should the case be reinvestigated. Strongly recommended for all libraries.
This is a very good book if you are interested in historical cold cases. The son of
Sam Sheppard who supposedly killed his wife back in the 1960s wrote this book along
with Cynthia Cooper because he spent many years trying to prove his father didn't kill
his mother. Read it and weep.
In the early morning of 7/4/54, Dr. Sam Sheppard's pregnant wife, Marilyn, was savagely slain in the family home. This book FINALY gave me what became of her 7 yr. old son who was in the next room asleep and her husband who tried to save her when she screamed for help. There were so many he-did-it, she-did-it, they-did-it rumors...I gave up. This is written by an investigator and the SON Sam Reese Sheppard. Made me take a second look at the work I do at Crime Victim's Counsel (how little I do really makes a BIG difference) and death row legislature. If this can happen to the white middle class who can afford good lawyers and investigators, image how worse it is for minorities and poor? Justice is blind for sure. Great read. Could not put it down. More suspenseful than the movie and entire series "The Fugitive" on which this story is alledge to be based on.