Sam Sheppard Case Study

Magdely Benavides, 3rd Period


Sam Sheppard was born on December 29, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1954 Sam's wife Marilyn Sheppard was found murdered in her home. The jury accused him of murdered and sentenced him to life in prison. Sam and Marilyn Sheppard were high school sweethearts who got married. The couple lived a very wealthy life in Cleveland.


Sam Sheppard was found guilty in the murder case of his wife Marilyn Sheppard. He was sentenced to life in prison until his court date arrived, he plead not guilty. Sheppard was later release from prison in 1964 and in his second trial he was found not guilty by the jury. Sam later turned to alcohol and died of liver failure on April 7, 1970.


Sam Sheppard claimed he was hit in the head two times when he discovered his wife murdered in their home floor. The investigators found no sign of a break in. As the investigation was happening the affair of Sam blew out and made him look extremely guilty.