Dr. Sam Sheppard

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Dr. Sam Sheppard, an osteopathic neurosurgeon, practiced at Bay View Hospital with his father, Dr. Richard Sheppard, in Bay Village, Ohio (approximately 15 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio.)  Approximately 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, 1954— several hours after guests left their annual Fourth of July celebration, Dr. Sam Sheppard went for a walk on the shores of Lake Erie behind their home, then fell asleep on the couch. He was awakened by screams upstairs and discovered a gruesome scene of a "bushy-haired man" attacking his wife. Sam Sheppard was struck on the head and, when he awakened, discovered his wife's bloody corpse. Years before this event, William O'Malley earned his real estate license and held an open house across the street from the Sheppard home later that afternoon. He didn't understand why the street was completely blocked with police cars, coroner’s wagon, and neighbors milling around the home across the street. William's first thought was that he wouldn't see much activity during his open house due to limited access to his new listing. The mystery was solved when he read the afternoon edition of the Cleveland Press when he discovered the sensational story about the murder of Marilyn Sheppard and her physician husband was the leading suspect.



Bay View Hospital (locally referred to as Sheppard Clinic), was purchased in 1948 (pictured below) by Dr. Richard Sheppard (father of Dr. Sam Sheppard.) It served as an osteopathic medical center from 1948 until it closed its doors on March 1, 1981.)

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