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The Sam Sheppard Case Collection

In the early morning hours of July 4, 1954, Marilyn Sheppard was bludgeoned to death in her bed in a Cleveland suburb. Her husband Sam, a prominent Bay Village doctor, maintained that Marilyn was murdered by a bushy-haired intruder. He stood trial and was convicted for his wife’s murder amidst a media storm.

The media frenzy so tainted the case that the United States Supreme Court released him and ordered a 1966 retrial in the case Sheppard v. Maxwell, at which Sheppard was acquitted. He died just a few years later.

In 1999, Sam and Marilyn’s son Sam Reese Sheppard unsuccessfully sued the state of Ohio for the wrongful imprisonment of his father. The documents collected and used by the prosecutor’s office in this trial are the basis of the collection.

The Sam Sheppard case materials were donated to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. The digitized materials are available here.

Sam Sheppard Collection in EngagedScholarship @ CSU

In 2012, William Mason, then Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, designated the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law Library at Cleveland State University as the repository for records and other materials relating to the Dr. Sam Sheppard case. The material consists of over 50 boxes of photographs, recordings, and trial exhibits. Check out the collection here.

EngagedScholarship @ Cleveland State University, our university’s scholarly repository, is where the Sheppard materials are found along with the full texts of over 5,000 works on law topics. The sunburst display allows you to navigate easily by topic. Some of the biggest areas covered are constitutional law, health law and policy, torts, and medical jurisprudence.

EngagedScholarship includes C|M|LAW faculty publications; articles from the Cleveland State Law Review, the Journal of Law & Health, and the Global Business Law Review; historic law school publications; and special collections such as The Sam Sheppard Cases and Terry v. Ohio.