CRIME: Of His Peers

From his jail cell Dr. Samuel Sheppard sent out a statement this week castigating the jury that convicted him of killing his pregnant wife, Marilyn. His trial, one of the most perplexing in recent years, took 43 days, and the transcript ran to 9,534 pages, totaling more than 2,000,000 words. The surprise was that any twelve people could come to agree on a verdict.

No compromise was possible between Sheppard's defense and the state's version of the crime. The prosecution contended that he beat Marilyn to death deliberately because he loved another woman and then faked evidence of a burglary...

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