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Trial transcript, pages 4172-5012, covering November 23, 1954 to December 2, 1954 morning session

Includes testimony of Doris Bender, who observed lights on in the Sheppard Home during the early morning hours of July 4, 1954; John Tronti and Arthur H. Beaird, who were fishing at a Lake Erie pier near the Sheppard home the morning of July 4; Jerry Schumacher, also on the pier; Bill Halenkamp, a high school student who helped police search around the beach and Sheppard home; Fred Drenkhan, Bay Village Police Department patrolman; Henry Dombrowski, Cleveland Police Scientific Investigation Unit, Laboratory Section; Dr. Richard Hexter, who examined Sam Sheppard on July 4; Mary Cowan, Medical Technologist, Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office; Coroner Samuel Gerber; Worth Munn, relative of Marilyn Sheppard who saw Sam Sheppard at Bay View Hospital on July 4; Thomas Weigle, relative of Marilyn Sheppard who testified that he saw Sam Sheppard beat his son, Chip; Susan Hayes, Sam Sheppard's mistress; defense motion for continuance renewal; discussion re: exhibits and the state rests; defendant's motion to dismiss

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Cleveland, Ohio


1954 trial, Judge Edward Blythin, William J. Corrigan, Arthur E. Petersilge, Fred W. Garmone, William H. Corrigan, Frank T. Cullitan, John H. Mahon, Saul S. Danaceau, Thomas J. Parrino, Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office, Doris Bender, John Tronti, Jerry Schumacher, Bill Halenkamp, Fred F. Drenkhan, Henry E. Dombrowski, Arthur Beaird, Richard Hexter, Mary Cowan, Samuel R. Gerber, Worth Munn, Thomas R. Weigle, Susan Hayes, Marilyn Sheppard's family, Cleveland Police Department, Bay Village Police Department, Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office, defense motion to dismiss, publicity, change of venue


Photo: Susan Hayes, Sam Sheppard's lover, 1954, from Cleveland Memory

Volume 08, 1954 Trial Transcript: State's Witnesses; Recross of Fred Drenkhan; Recall of Coroner Gerber; Defense Motions



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