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J. Spencer Houk recounted to Bay Village Police what happened on the morning of July 4, 1954. He stated that Sam Sheppard called him and said "Spen, my God, get over here quick, I think they've killed Marilyn." When he arrived he saw Marilyn Sheppard, apparently deceased. He noted that Sam had injuries and that his desk drawers were strewn over the floor.
J. Spencer Houk, Esther Houk, Sam Sheppard, Marilyn Sheppard, Sam's injuries, Sam's clothing, witness statement