The Wrong Man by James Neff
The Final Verdict on the Dr. Sam Sheppard Murder Case

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The real-life murder that became known as “The Fugitive” case began before dawn on July 4, 1954, in a Cleveland suburb, when Marilyn Sheppard was viciously beaten to death in her bed. After an inadequate investigation, her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard, was charged with the crime, and a chain of events was set in motion that has caused more speculation, more publicity, and more cultural myth than any other American murder.

James Neff is an award-winning investigative journalist who, over the past ten years, has assembled the most compete set of Sheppard records in existence, including DNA analyses and interviews with every living person central to the case. He has also gained unprecedented access to crime-scene evidence that shows conclusively that Sham Sheppard did not murder his wife–and points to the man who did. Peeling away the layers of fiction surrounding the case, Neff uncovers the factual events and the key players in a story that until now has been shrouded in mystery. The Wrong Man is a landmark work, a gripping narrative, and indeed the final verdict on America’s most famous unsolved murder

About James Neff

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James Neff is the author of three books and serves as chairman of Investigative Reporters & Editors, a 4,500-member nonprofit organization that provides advanced training to journalists worldwide. He lives in Seattle.
Published October 1, 2001 by Random House. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy, History, War. Non-fiction

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Crime-writer Neff (Unfinished Murder, 1995) chronicles the famous 1950s murder case with impressive depth and comes up with a convincing alternative to Dr. Sam Sheppard as the killer.

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In an exhaustive piece of detective work, the reporter James Neff concludes Dr. Sam Sheppard was innocent.

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Even with all the information in Neff's thorough and exhaustively researched account, it's still hard to say who killed Marilyn on that July morning nearly 50 years ago.James Neal Webb does copyright research for Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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It was that year's trial of the century, and the unsolved murder of Dr. Sam Sheppard's beautiful wife, Marilyn, remains one of the great true-crime stories.

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