Last updated by Sean Sweeny on April 28, 2014
- Sam Sheppard played football, basketball and track at Cleveland Heights High School..
- Dr. Sam Sheppard was the same man portrayed in the movie “The Fugitive” — who was accused of murdering his wife..
- After a trial ruled that he was not guilty, he was no longer allowed to practice medicine, so he became a wrestler!
- Sam Sheppard was married (later divorced) the daughter of wrestler George Strickland, who got him into wrestling..
- Sam Sheppard debuted at the Akron Armory in Ohio, teaming with George Strickland (close to Cleveland, Ohio)..
- ~~~This was roughly the same impact on the fans as if say, OJ Simpson would appear in a tag team in Los Angeles..
- ~~~Remember many people in Ohio believed he was guilty of killing his wife and did not like him being a free man..
- November 28, 1969: Sam Sheppard & George Strickland appeared at the Atlantic City Auditorium before a packed house..
- ~~~Tons of curious people came to see the infamous “wife killer” live and in person..
- Sam Sheppard died shortly after a big feature was printed on him in The Wrestler magazine..
- April 6, 1970: Sam Sheppard passed away due to Liver Disease at the age of 46..
- George Peppard played him in the movie “Question of Innocence”, which actually touched upon his wrestling career..