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Mockery of Justice: The True Story of the Sheppard Murder Case

Cooper, Cynthia L., and Sheppard, Sam Reese

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ISBN 10: 1555532411 / ISBN 13: 9781555532413
Published by Northeastern Univ. Press, Boston, MA, 1995
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24 cm, 383, illus., map. An examination of the murder of Marilyn Sheppard and the subsequent conviction of Dr. Sam Sheppard. This case was the basis of The Fugitive TV series and the Harrison Ford movie. Later investigations have shown that Sheppard was, in all likelihood, innocent. Bookseller Inventory # 28587

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Title: Mockery of Justice: The True Story of the ...

Publisher: Northeastern Univ. Press, Boston, MA

Publication Date: 1995

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First Printing.

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Although Dr. Sam Sheppard's conviction for the infamous and brutal 1954 murder of his wife Marilyn was overturned in the 1960s, the real killer has never been identified. In Mockery of Justice, his son Sam Reese Sheppard and attorney Cynthia L. Cooper reinvestigate the crime. Drawing on recently recovered documents, Sheppard family papers, and interviews with new witnesses and suspects, they offer convincing evidence pointing to the real murderer, evidence that has persuaded the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor to reopen the investigation into the case.


In 1996, Sam Reese Sheppard spoke on All Things Considered: "My mother and dad were very flamboyant people.... They were out of step ... in the Bible Belt of Ohio at that time, but, very quickly, and it happens today, a high-profile case spins out of control, and hatred and hysteria rise in the community. When a pregnant woman dies in an ugly way in our community, people are stricken with fear ... the blame on my dad got pinpointed by the newspapers." Dr. Sheppard was convicted of the 1954 murder of his wife. In 1966 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that he'd been denied a fair trial. He was re-tried, found innocent, then died a few years later. Mockery of Justice goes into all the details: Dr. Sheppard's own account of that night, the role of a powerful coroner, the media frenzy, the mysteries surrounding the case records, and the recent investigation of a likely suspect for the murder. The analysis of forensic riddles posed by the complex crime scene makes for especially intriguing reading. The book includes map, timeline, footnotes, and index.

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