The Wrong Man: The Final Verdict on the Dr. Sam Sheppard Murder Case

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 6, 2001 - True Crime - 432 pages
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The real-life murder that became known as “The Fugitive” case began before dawn on July 4, 1954, in a Cleveland suburb, when Marilyn Sheppard was viciously beaten to death in her bed. After an inadequate investigation, her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard, was charged with the crime, and a chain of events was set in motion that has caused more speculation, more publicity, and more cultural myth than any other American murder.

James Neff is an award-winning investigative journalist who, over the past ten years, has assembled the most compete set of Sheppard records in existence, including DNA analyses and interviews with every living person central to the case. He has also gained unprecedented access to crime-scene evidence that shows conclusively that Sham Sheppard did not murder his wife–and points to the man who did. Peeling away the layers of fiction surrounding the case, Neff uncovers the factual events and the key players in a story that until now has been shrouded in mystery. The Wrong Man is a landmark work, a gripping narrative, and indeed the final verdict on America’s most famous unsolved murder


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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

This 2001 book recounts the Marilyn Sheppard muder, the trial of her husband, the reversal of his conviction by the U.S. Supreme Court. the second trial when he was represented by F. Lee Bailey, his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eliz12 - LibraryThing

This is actually a brilliant book, though it takes work to read it. (But really, is anyone who picks it up in search of light, fun material?) The very nature of the subject demands a challenging text ... Read full review

Contents

PART1
1EVE OF DESTRUCTION
2INDEPENDENCE DAY
3GATHERING STORM
4DOC
5MARILYN AND SAM
6NOISY NEWSBOY
7THE OTHER WOMAN
23POLYGRAPH
24F LEE BAILEY
25ARIANE
26MOCKERY OF JUSTICE
27SHANGRILA
28A DECISION
29RETRIAL OF THE CENTURY
30THE VERDICT

8MARY COWAN
9MEDDLING
10DO IT NOW
11INQUEST
12FOLLOWING A TRAIL
13ARREST
14THIRD DEGREE
15GRAND JURY
16PRETRIAL
17PROSECUTION
18THE DEFENSE
PART2
19THE SCIENCE OF MURDER
20THE WALLS
21DEAD GIRLS STONES
22UNLOADING
31DEMISE
32DICK AND OBIE
33REVENGE
PART3
34THE PURSUIT
35TWISTED STRANDS
36LOCAL POLITICS
37OPENING
38EXPERTS
39SMOKING GUN
40FINALE
EPILOGUE
NOTES
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ABOUT THE TYPE
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About the author (2001)

James Neff is the author of three books and serves as chairman of Investigative Reporters & Editors, a 4,500-member nonprofit organization that provides advanced training to journalists worldwide. He lives in Seattle.

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