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* Many believe that the television series The Fugitive and the later motion picture of the same name were loosely based on Sheppard's story, though this has always been denied by their creators.
* The crime that leads to the imprisonment of the main character in Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (as well as the subsequent film The Shawshank Redemption) bears many similarities to the Sheppard case.
* The TV series Cold Case episode "Schadenfreude" is based on this case.
* The TV series American Justice also produced an episode based on this case.
* The TV series Notorious also has an episode about this case titled "The Sam Sheppard Story".
Edward Blythin (October 10, 1884–February 14, 1958) was an American politician and jurist of the Republican party who served as the 46th mayor of Cleveland, Ohio.
Welsh-born Blythin began his professional career in the coal industry of his native country, working as a bookkeeper. In 1906, he emigrated, ending up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he landed another bookkeeping job, for a real estate agency, a job he held for 10 years. During this time, he attended Cleveland Law School at night, earning his law degree in 1916.
Blythin then turned to the practice of law. In 1935, Blythin accepted appointment as an assistant to the Cleveland city law director. He became law director in 1940. In January 1941, when Harold H. Burton resigned as Cleveland mayor in order to take a seat in the United States Senate, Blythin, as law director, automatically succeeded Burton to the mayor's office. In November, however, Blythin failed to win election to the seat, losing to Democrat Frank Lausche.
In 1943, Blythin left private law practice to accept an executive position at Western Reserve University.
In 1949, Blythin was elected to a judgeship in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, where he served until his death. During his tenure on the court, Blythin presided over the notorious murder trial of Sam Sheppard. His stewardship of the trial was later overturned by the United States Supreme Court which termed the trial "a Roman Holiday." In fact, famous columnist Dorothy Kilgallen reputedly wrote that in a private conference just prior to the trial beginning, Blythin told her, in his opinion, Sheppard was guilty. Some of his critics wagged that Blythin's Welsh accent became more pronounced as he got older.
On July 4, 1954, Marilyn Sheppard, the wife of a handsome thirty-year-old doctor, Sam Sheppard, was brutally murdered in the bedroom of their home in Bay Village, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie. Sam Sheppard denied any involvement in the murder and described his own battle with the killer he described as bushy-haired.
Did Sam do it? It's rare for a murder mystery to endure for over half a century. Almost always, if the mystery is not fully resolved at the trial, subsequent admissions, previously uncovered clues, or more sophisticated forensic tests reveal what the trial did not. Not so with the Sam Sheppard case. Facing two different juries, twelve years apart, Sam Sheppard was found guilty by one jury, not guilty by the next. Even over the past decade, partisans continued the debate. A third jury in 2000, asked to consider awarding the Sheppard family damages for wrongful imprisonment, sided with county prosecutors. In 2001, a book on the Sheppard case concluded that Sam was clearly innocent. Two years later, another book on the case argued just as forcefully that the first jury got it right: Sam was guilty as charged.
Apart from the large unanswered question of guilt, the Sheppard case deserves to be considered among the nation's most famous because it produced a landmark U. S. Supreme Court decision on fair trial rights and launched the career of a flamboyant young defense attorney named F. Lee Bailey. The case is also is remarkable for the unlikely collection of notable figures that touched the case, including columnist and quiz show star Dorothy Kilgallen, Cleveland Browns quarterback and NFL Hall-of-Fame member Otto Graham, and chief Nazi propagandist, Joseph Goebbels. The case also was widely associated with a popular early 60s' television show, The Fugitive.
Originally posted by kinglizard
Sir Walter Raleigh....you know, the coat over the mud puddle for the queen story.
Originally posted by kinglizard
I finally deleted that tree and produced another one based on true historic records including military, marriage, death and census records....which can be found on that site as well as others. But I could only get back to King Solomon...just kidding about the last part.