Sam Sheppard, Proto - Fugitive - סיפורו של סאם שפרד
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Sam Sheppard, Proto - Fugitive
A decade before the fictitious story of Richard Kimble was first told, a very similar tale --- also involving a respected doctor, his murdered wife, and a mysterious alleged intruder in their Midwestern home --- occupied the attention of the American public; but this case, the 1954 murder trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard, was not fiction.
Sheppard, a Cleveland osteopath, was convicted of second-degree murder after his pregnant wife Marilyn was found bludgeoned to death at the couple's suburban
The creators of TV show altered some details of the Sheppard story, which is only in accordance with the privileges of artistic license. For instance, Kimble's wife was definitely not pregnant at the time of her death; in fact the argument she was having with him that fateful night involved the couple's infertility and whether or not they should resort to adoption. The Sheppards though were quite the fertile couple, and had, in addition to the unborn child, a seven-year-old son, Chip, who apparently slept right through the murder.
But many other facets of the Sheppard story found their way intact into various episodes of the later TV show. For instance, Sheppard's parents both died soon after his conviction, much like Kimble's do. And at his trial, prosecutors besmirched Sheppard's reputation by showing that he had kissed some of his female patients. Kimble of course also has more than his share of female trouble over the years.
While Sheppard went to an early grave in 1970 at the age of 46, his grown-up son recently sued the state of Ohio, asking the state to declare his father innocent and pay compensation of at least $250,000 for the decade his father spent in prison. To prove his father's innocence beyond all doubt, the son searched for DNA evidence --- an idea that the writers of The Fugitive would surely not have overlooked if the technology had been advanced enough back in the '60s. An expert from
Sheppard's story also served as the basis for a 1975 TV docudrama, Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case --- a movie which co-starred William Windom, who played a fateful role in The Fugitive as well.