Document Type

Witness Statement



Box Number


Item Number



Sam Sheppard, Marilyn Sheppard, Richard N. Sheppard, Fred F. Drenkhan, J. Spencer Houk, Esther Houk, Michael S. Grabowski, Patrick Gareau, Samuel R. Gerber, Sheppard home, Huntington Beach, Marilyn's body, Sam's medical bag, Sam's clothing, Sam's injuries


Bay Village patrolman Fred Drenkhan, the first police officer at the scene of the murder, stated that he received a call from Mayor Houk explaining that there had been an incident, possibly a murder, at the Sheppard home. He arrived at the home and was admitted by the Houks. He noted that Sam's medical bag was overturned, and that Sam was injured and did not have a shirt or undershirt on.

He went upstairs and noted Marilyn's injuries, acknowledging that she appeared to be deceased at that time. He then went downstairs to call for a doctor, the BVPD chief of police, and BVPD sergeant Jay Hubach. Dr. Richard N. Sheppard (Sam's brother) had already been called and arrived shortly thereafter. Richard Sheppard and Drenkhan went upstairs and Richard examined the body.

Drenkhan returned downstairs and requested help from the Cleveland Police Department. He then inspected the premises and the beach area to look for evidence. He did not see any indication of a struggle at the beach. After officers from the Cleveland Police Department arrived, they conducted an extensive search and took photos of the scene. Later in the day, Drenkhan went to Bay View Hospital to photograph Sam's injuries. He was not able to interview Sam until July 8, 1954 due to doctor's orders.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.