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The Most Famous Murderer in America . . . NOT !

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Who will write our history?

On National Public Radio, August 29, 2009 -- 43 years after Dr. Sam Sheppard was declared innocent by a jury of twelve in his first and only fair trial -- Weekend Edition Host Scott Simon and author Bob Greene chat about the time Greene was sent, as a teenage copy boy working for the Columbus Citizen-Journal in Ohio, to find Dr. Sam Sheppard, "the most famous convicted murderer in America, sprung by F. Lee Bailey."



We can certainly find humor in young Greene's crazy assignment, but this interview illustrates how badly history can be skewed when the facts are missing. Unfortunately, our criminal justice system lacks a way to correct its mistakes once a person is convicted -- even wrongfully. Sam Sheppard wasn't "sprung" by F. Lee Bailey. He wasn't given a "technical exoneration" by the Supreme Court. He was declared innocent by a jury of twelve when the State of Ohio finally gave him a fair trial. Distortion of history. That is why this website must be created. Who will speak for Marilyn and Sam Sheppard if not their family?

Sam Reese Sheppard, Dr. Sam's son and a regular NPR listener, heard the interview and wrote a letter explaining that his father was an innocent man. As a result, Scott Simon apologized for his remarks and invited Sam to join him on NPR, Weekend Edition.

From NPR:

Son Of The 'Fugitive' Defends His Father

September 12, 2009

Two weeks ago, Host Scott Simon interviewed Bob Greene about his memoir Late Edition: A Love Story. During the conversation, Scott referred to Dr. Sam Sheppard — a man convicted of killing his pregnant wife in 1954 — as "the most famous convicted murderer in America." Dr. Sheppard's son, Sam Reese Sheppard, heard the interview and wrote a moving and pointed letter to Scott, which prompted him to invite him onto the show, to explain why Scott's comment upset him.