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This article reports that Coroner Gerber and County Detective Carl Rossbach have "virtually ruled out a casual burglar or prowler as the murderer because of the unusual violence of the crime."
The findings of an expert witness from the 2000 civil trial back up Gerber and Rossbach's statement that a "casual burglar" was not responsible. In the 2000 Civil Trial in which the Sheppard Estate sued the State of Ohio for wrongful imprisonment, the State contracted with retired FBI Special Agent Gregg McCrary to conduct a criminal investigative analysis of the murder. McCrary concluded that the crime was best classified as a "staged domestic homicide" and gave one of the reasons as "Excessive trauma beyond that necessary to cause death (Overkill). 35 injuries were noted on the autopsy report . . . the number and severity of these injuries can reasonably considered to be overkill." You can read McCrary's complete analysis here.
police investigation, Carl Rossbach, Samuel R. Gerber, Cleveland News
Cleveland News, "54/07/12 Hunt 'Maniac' in Sheppard Killing" (1954). All Articles. 64.