SEQUELS: Death in the Family

Until last July 4, life was good to Ethel Niles Sheppard. A schoolteacher from Paris, Ill., she married an osteopath in 1915, worked hard to help him start a hospital near Cleveland, even washed the hospital linen herself. Her three sons also became osteopaths, and her family flourished until the wife of her youngest son Sam was murdered last July 4. In August Sam Sheppard was arrested at his mother's home after dinner (she had served his favorite dessert, cherry pie), and she never saw him again.

Ethel Sheppard stayed away from her son's trial for murder and read...

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