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Dark Side of the Land Podcast: 1954 Murder of Marilyn Sheppard

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

WOIO Channel 19 News anchor Nichole Vrsansky—whose grandfather was the first Cleveland detective at the murder scene—recently visited the law library to see the collection and interview dean Lee Fisher for an episode of the network’s true crime podcast Dark Side of the Land. The episode is approximately 30 minutes in length and is titled The Husband or the Handyman: Who Killed Marilyn Sheppard? The TV spot is at the top of the page and the podcast is below (the latter is also available on all major podcast platforms).

Study Room Procedures

With fall semester starting, it’s a great time to review our study rooms procedures and policies.

Reserve a Study Room Here

Study Rooms are available in the law library for law student use. Note: they are heavily used during exams—so be sure to familiarize yourself with how to reserve one for you or your group:

  • Only law students can reserve and use study rooms in the law library.
  • Reserve your room well in advance during reading and exam periods.
  • Use your CSU law email to reserve the study room.
  • Confirm your booking in the email you receive (check your Junk folder if you can’t find it!).
  • Swipe in with your CSU ID.

ALSO, please make sure to clean up the study room after use as a courtesy to your fellow law students.

Reminder to Get Library & IT Orientation Done

The Information Technology department and law library have required orientation materials available on a drop-in basis from Monday August 8 through Friday August 19.

How it works:

  • Come by the research services office (Room 112) across from the circulation desk during reference hours.
  • You will meet and talk with one of our librarians, who will give you an orientation worksheet and IT information for your law school computer accounts. The orientation takes 30 minutes approximately and will help you get orientated to the law library and IT services.
  • Upon completion of the orientation, give your results to a librarian in Room 112, at which point you will be given registration information for Lexis, Westlaw, CALI, and Scholar along with information on our legal research seminars and digital badge program.
  • All students who complete their Lexis and Westlaw registrations and show a librarian they can successfully log in will receive a choice of a cool prize.

Law Library & IT Orientation Begins Monday August 8

The Information Technology department and law library have required orientation materials available on a drop-in basis from Monday August 8 through Friday August 19.

How it works:

  • Come by the research services office (Room 112) across from the circulation desk during reference hours.
  • You will meet and talk with one of our librarians, who will give you an orientation worksheet and IT information for your law school computer accounts. The orientation takes 30 minutes approximately and will help you get orientated to the law library and IT services.
  • Upon completion of the orientation, give your results to a librarian in Room 112, at which point you will be given registration information for Lexis, Westlaw, CALI, and Scholar along with information on our legal research seminars and digital badge program.
  • All students who complete their Lexis and Westlaw registrations and show a librarian they can successfully log in will receive a choice of a cool prize.

ProQuest Congressional Database

ProQuest Congressional (linked from our database page) is a collection of historic and current congressional information and is one of the best databases for legislative history information. It is available on campus or remotely with authentication (CSU ID and PIN). One great feature is compiled legislative histories, which are created through gathering and organizing into one place all documents related to the passage of an important piece of legislation. Another feature of the product is the ability to search the social media of public officials. 

For more information on conducting legislative history research, see the Legislative History Research Guide.

ProQuest is also available as part of the Law Library Legal Research Seminars, which are available online via the Westlaw TWEN platform. Earn points for completing an online seminar by correctly answering 3/4 of the questions on that seminar’s quiz. When 100 points are earned, you are awarded a Law Library Legal Research Letter of Recognition and a Digital Badge, which you can post to your LinkedIn page.

Check out all available research databases on our database page.