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On July 5th, 1954, the Cleveland Press reports on the preliminary investigation of the murder of Marilyn Sheppard and Sam Sheppard's recollections of the event: Sam, asleep downstairs in the early morning of July 5th, heard Marilyn scream. Upon running upstairs to her bedroom, he was knocked unconscious by one or more intruders. After regaining consciousness, he chased an intruder down to the beach, but was again knocked out in the struggle. At 6am, Sam called his friend and neighbor, Mayor J. Spencer Houk, and said "My God, come over Spen; I think they've killed Marilyn." Cuyahoga County Coroner Samuel R. Gerber reported "the death was caused by repeated blows on the head and face -- as many as 25." See Police Investigation photos and drawings here.
J. Spencer Houk, Samuel R. Gerber, Sam Sheppard, Marilyn Sheppard, police investigation
Cleveland Press, "54/07/05 (1st) Doctor's Wife Murdered in Bay Village" (1954). All Articles. 7.