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Sam Sheppard's brother, Dr. Richard N. Sheppard, and two other persons, received threatening letters asking for extortion money of up to $25,000.00 in exchange for the letter writer to come forward and take responsibility for the death of Marilyn Reese Sheppard. The man, James Howard Lett, was captured by police and he gave a confession.
James Howard Lett, Dr. Richard N. Sheppard, Sam Sheppard, Marilyn Sheppard, Charles Ruff, Dorothy Sheppard
Cleveland Plain Dealer, "54/08/20 Sent Sheppards Extortion Notes, Lett Confesses" (1954). All Articles. 424.