Dr. Samuel Reese Sheppard is best known as the basis for the television show and movie "The Fugitive".
Sheppard, a Cleveland osteopath
, was convicted of second-degree murder
after his pregnant wife
Marilyn was found bludgeoned
at the couple's suburban Bay Village
home. His claim
was that an intruder broke into their home
. The murder was the result of the couple confronting
the would be burgler. With no evidence
his claim, and no evidence against the bereaved doctor
took Dr. Sheppard into custody
for suspcion of murder
, a charge that he was convicted
of a short time later.
In 1963 NBC began airing the television series "The Fugitive" which eventually lead to a re-trial of the case. During the second, and later a third, trial Dr. Sheppard was freed and aquitted of all charges and allowed to return home.
Sheppard died in 1970.
URL: http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~josephr/HOTH/sheppard.html (pictures, more detail)
MOVIE: The Fugitive (1993)
TV: The Fugitive (1963-1967; 2000- )