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Sam Sheppard
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    (December 23, 1923-April 6, 1970)
    Born in Cleveland, Ohio
    His wife, Marilyn, was killed by, according to Sheppard, a 'bushy haired' intruder (July 4, 1954)
    Found guilty of her murder (December 21, 1954)
    Granted a new trial (June 6, 1966)
    Found not guilty (November 16, 1966)
    At the time of his wife's murder, he had been having a three year affair with his nurse.
    When his wife was killed, his first call was to a family friend instead of the police.
    His second wife, Ariane, was half-sister of Magda Goebbels.
    Ariane divorced him claiming he had stolen from her, threatened her and thrown bottles at her.
    He had to give up his medical career after losing two malpractice suits.
    He became a professional wrestler billed as 'Killer Sheppard.'
    Many trivia books claim that he inspired 'The Fugitive,' but series creator Roy Huggins consistently denied it.
    As a high school senior, he was named outstanding athlete and most likely to succeed.
    Prosecutors said there had been no sign of a break-in at the Sheppard house, but police had found evidence that a basement door had been forced open with a chisel.
    The Supreme Court ruled that prejudicial coverage of the case by the press had kept Sheppard from receiving a fair trial.
    The judge in his first trial was biased, telling Dorothy Kilgallen in the middle of the case, 'Sheppard is guilty as hell.'
    His son, Sam Reese Sheppard, spent decades trying to legally clear his name.
    The Sheppards' window washer, Richard Eberling, was later discovered with one of Marilyn's rings and was convicted of murdering an elderly widow (1984).

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