Dr. Sam Sheppard Website Reveals Hidden Story for the First Time

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The Sheppard family’s new website publishes definitive evidence regarding the July 4, 1954, unsolved murder of Mrs. Marilyn Sheppard.

“Of course we believe in my dad’s innocence,” said Sam Reese Sheppard, Dr. Sam’s son, “but we’ve bent over backwards to make this website reliable and objective.”

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Dr. Sam Sheppard’s family today announced the launch of a website (http://www.drsamsheppard.org) that compiles new information and definitive evidence regarding the murder of Mrs. Marilyn Reese Sheppard. July 4, 2010, marks the 56th anniversary of this controversial and still unsolved murder.

According to second-generation members of the Sheppard and Reese families, the Internet has enabled them to publish the entire story for the first time, including details that have surfaced since the original 1954 investigation and trial.

“Of course we believe in my dad’s innocence,” said Sam Reese Sheppard, Dr. Sam’s son, “but we’ve bent over backwards to make this website reliable and objective.” He added, “We ask people to join the website as paying members because we want to turn this family tragedy into a positive force for change. Membership fees go directly to the nonprofit Sam and Marilyn Sheppard Foundation.”

Dr. Sam Sheppard’s niece and website moderator, Janet Sheppard, said the website’s purpose is to educate and enable people to make up their own minds about what happened and why. She offered, “People who join our website can get answers to questions they’ve always wanted to ask.”

Although a good portion of the website is open to all visitors, members gain access to the entire website and benefits, including:
o    The online, bi-monthly mystery magazine, “Biography of a Murder,”
o    A free newsletter, “Who Speaks for Marilyn?”
o    Criminalist Dr. Paul Leland Kirk's 1955 affidavit and investigation results,
o    The time-warp fantasy, “Sherlock Holmes and Paul Leland Kirk Investigate the Sam Sheppard Murder Case,”
o    Opportunity to ask questions (via website moderator) and receive answers from family members and other people important to the case, and
o    A forum wherein members can connect with other members and exchange opinions and theories.

Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted of the murder of his wife in a 1954 trial influenced by an overzealous press and later described as a "mockery of justice" by a higher court. Sheppard served ten years in the Ohio Penitentiary before the jury in a new trial, argued by F. Lee Bailey, found him “not guilty.” Often considered inspiration for the movie, “The Fugitive,” Dr. Sam Sheppard has been immortalized once again as a detective in the crime novel, "Mr. Peanut," by Adam Ross.

Established on October 28, 2009, the Sam and Marilyn Sheppard Foundation is dedicated to preventing violence against women and children, assisting families victimized by homicide and/or injustice and working toward criminal justice reform. As a project of Trust Counselors’ Network, the Sam and Marilyn Sheppard Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.


Janet Sheppard, Director
Sam and Marilyn Sheppard Foundation


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