Speaking up for Marilyn in the 60-year-old Sam Sheppard murder case: Brent Larkin But only one grabbed the town’s attention – and kept it - for nearly a half century. Time has relaxed its grip on the most riveting murder mystery in the region’s history. But until O.J. Following the daily trial dispatches, Ernest Hemingway wrote from Havana, “A trial like this, with its elements of doubt, is the greatest human story of all …. And it came at a time when three daily newspapers were engaged in ferocious competition for reader attention in a prosperous central city and its booming suburbs. But from the moment Patrolman Fred Drenkhan was dispatched to the Sheppard home at 5:57 a.m. Sam Sheppard was tried for the brutal murder of his wife. Sheppard, the 30-year-old Bay Village osteopath whose family founded and controlled the local hospital, was convicted in 1954 and shipped off to prison for life. In 1966, the U.S. He died of liver failure in 1970. On that night of the killing, seven-year-old Sam Reese Sheppard slept in a nearby bedroom when his mother was bludgeoned 35 times in what had all the earmarks of a crime of passion. The rubber match was a mismatch. Assisted by Mason, Steve Dever was lead trial lawyer for the county in the third trial. Had the wrongful imprisonment trial been a criminal case, it’s pretty clear the jury would have found Sheppard guilty. Most of the prosecutors, police and journalists who covered or participated in the original investigation and trial are deceased. “I think something popped inside him that night,” Drenkhan, now 87, told me a few weeks ago. And she was the only journalist to cover all three trials. And he challenges the widely accepted notion, suggested in the Supreme Court ruling, that the Press crossed some journalistic fairness line in its coverage.