Interview of Gregg McCrary
Larger than Life
What makes a case like this endure is a confluence of things: the fact that it was taken to the Supreme Court, and the legal community still cites it when talking about prejudicial publicity. It involved colorful characters like F. Lee Bailey, who fresh out of law school picked up the case. Hes a larger-than-life character attached to it. Then youve got the popular television series, The Fugitive, that was spun off it. Add to that the plethora of books about it. But also, everyone loves a mysteryis there really some bushy-haired stranger? Its a case about the boogey man.
Were back to the idea that we want murderers to be monsters. Its a cultural bias. The person who would bludgeon Marilyn to death in such a brutal manner must be a monster. Were uncomfortable with the idea that it could be a young, handsome doctor. That discomfort fuels the fire in the hunt for the true offender. Then you have Sam Reese Sheppard beating the drum about this for a long period of time. Its not going away.
But the courts are making it difficult for him to continue to use legal channels. On February 2002, a three-judge panel, the Eighth District Court of Appeals in
Personally, I dont know of any other logical conclusion that anyone could come to from the totality of these facts and circumstances, but that Sam Sheppard murdered his wife. You can always find some doubt in any case, but in my mind this one is beyond a reasonable doubt.