Season 27, Episode 3 The Killer's Trail

First Aired: October 19, 1999

Examining Cleveland's notorious 1954 Sam Sheppard murder case in light of DNA analysis that wasn't available during Dr. Sheppard's original trial (at which he was convicted) or his 1963 retrial, in which he was acquitted. The hour follows the progress of a lawsuit brought against the state of Ohio for “wrongful imprisonment” by Sheppard's son Sam Reese Sheppard, who's interviewed, as is his lawyer, Terry Gilbert, DNA legal expert Barry Scheck and forensic scientist Bart Epstein.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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