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Ethel Sheppard, mother of Sam Sheppard, committed suicide, leaving a note which read "Dear Steve: I just can't manage alone without father...Mother." Her husband, Dr. Richard A. Sheppard, was critically ill at Bay View Hospital at the time. He died 11 days later.
Ethel Sheppard, Richard A. Sheppard
Cleveland News, "55/01/07 Mother of Dr. Sheppard Kills Herself With Gun" (1955). All Articles. 68.