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The State claims Marilyn was killed by a series of 35 savage blows, 25 of them on the head. Defense attorney, William J. Corrigan, alleges that six wounds on Marilyn's forehead were exactly 1 inch apart, creating a possibility that perhaps a many-pronged tool was used instead. By Corrigan's theory, as the author of this article states, "the attacker would have had plenty of time to finish the job-- to inflict 35 wounds-- before Sam arrived on the scene."
William J. Corrigan, Marilyn Sheppard, Don Ahern, Lester Adelson, Sam Sheppard
Cleveland Press, "54/11/08 Defense Stresses How, Not Who, in Marilyn's Death" (1954). All Articles. 220.