I thought the jury was unable to find him "innocent" (which is harder to do than "not guilty").
Originally Posted by Mary456
I grew up a few miles from the Sheppard home. My parents always thought he did it, and I did at first, but changed my mind. As sleezy as Eberling was, it wouldn't surprise me at all if it was him. Town gossip always seemed to point towards a prominent political leader. There was also some ex-serviceman that had gone on a killing spree too and might have been passing through.
If the jury had found him "innocent", it would have really set the stage for a wrongful imprisonment suit against the state and bolstered it's chances.
He was convicted long before the trial ever happened. The Cleveland Press, the coroner, the police, all behaved very inappropriately.
If it wasn't Sheppard's blood and not Marilyn's blood, then whose blood was it?
I wish the whole case had been handled correctly from the get-go, so the truth would be more evident.
Reputation is what you are in the light.
Character is what you are in the dark.