On this day in 1954 Marilyn Sheppard
was found beaten to death inside her suburban home in Cleveland
. Her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard
, claimed to have fallen asleep in the family's living room and awakened to find a man with bushy hair fleeing the scene. The authorities did not believe his story and charged him with killing his pregnant wife.
Creating a national sensation, the media invaded the courtroom and printed daily stories premised on Sheppard's guilt. The jurors, who were not sequestered, found Sheppard guilty. Arguing that the circumstances of the trial had unfairly influenced the jury, Sheppard appealed to the Supreme Court
and got his conviction overturned in 1966. Yet, despite the fact that Sheppard had no previous criminal record, many still believed that he was responsible for his wife's murder.
Sheppard's case provided the loose inspiration for the hit television show The Fugitive
, in which the lead character, Richard Kimble
, is falsely accused of killing his wife, escapes from prison, and pursues the one-armed man he claimed to have seen fleeing the murder scene.
Today we have 4th of July
by THE GOSSIP