The Murder Case that Inspired the Plot of “The Fugitive”

Dr. Sam Sheppard (December 29, 1923 – April 6, 1970)

I wouldn’t have thought to even look at this event, if it hadn’t been for this quote from “Denial of Justice”.

There is a lot of Q & A in the book (“Murder One”), as you know, and I never quite got around to making my point about the Q & A. It’s very…the reason Dorothy wanted that in there is to prove that a very, very sagacious DA or defense attorney can win the life of a person by asking just the right questions. And it sometimes hangs on one word. And, and if you read this, and I have reread it, some of the Q & A, several times and you can just see where the scales were tipped. And where the jury decided “this is a guilty person” or “this is not a guilty person.” (Providing even more information as to Kilgallen’s thoughts at the time, Richard said:) Dorothy felt that the Sheppard case was a miscarriage of justice. And, yes, F. Lee Bailey himself told Dorothy that, more than any other affidavit that they had, or any statement that had been made, hers influenced getting the guilty verdict reversed by the Supreme Court.

Shaw, Mark William . Denial of Justice: Dorothy Kilgallen, Abuse of Power, and the Most Compelling JFK Assassination Investigation in History (p. 278). Post Hill Press. Kindle Edition.

So, to make this shorter, rather than longer, here’s a look at Dr. Sam Sheppard and the murder of his wife, Marilyn.

This is an accurate time of birth, and the fact that there are no inconjuncts means that Dr. Sheppard had no hidden agenda. But I did wonder about the Grand Trine linking Mars, Uranus and Pluto. This may be important to understanding the man.

For the murder chart, I have selected the time of Dr. Sheppard’s phone call to his neighbour. This is not the actual murder time, but the moment when someone else was informed about Marilyn’s death. The Yod pointing at the Midheaven, formed by inconjuncts to the Moon and Saturn, seems to presage his being found guilty by the Press and the State. But did he do it?

Dr. Sheppard’s natal Pluto is almost exactly conjunct the event’s Sun in Cancer. Was his whole life’s purpose tied up with the murder of his wife? This seems crazy. And yet, the other links between these two charts seem to imply this: his North Node conjunct the event Moon; the conjunction between the two Saturns; and his Neptune is conjunct the event Venus/Pluto conjunction. The Fugitive is also implied.

What do you think?

About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And I am experimenting with birth and death charts. If you wish to contact me, or request a birth chart, send an email to (And, in case you are also interested, I have an extensive list of celebrity birth and death details if you wish to 'confirm' what you suspect may be a past-life experience of yours.) Bless.
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