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NOVA: The Killer's Trail - The Story of Dr. Sam Sheppard
NOVA The Killer's Trail - The Story of Dr Sam Sheppard
Actor: Liev Schreiber
Directors: Marian Marzynski, Joel Olicker
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 0min

This is fact: Marilyn Sheppard was murdered in 1954. The rest of the crime is a haunting question mark. The Sheppard case led to the infamous trial?and re-trial?of her husband, Dr. Sam Sheppard, and launched the legal care...  more »

     
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Actor: Liev Schreiber
Directors: Marian Marzynski, Joel Olicker
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, Biography, Science & Technology
Studio: Wgbh / Pbs
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/22/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Good illustration of blood spatter analysis & simple DNA
Michelle | Portland, OR | 02/04/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have shown this video to my Forensic Science class & think it's great. It does a good job showing how bloodstain pattern analysis can be used to recreate the sequence of events in a crime (even decades later!). It also brings in some basic DNA type testing and shows how DNA isn't always perfect (given the quality & quantity of DNA the type of test was a bit different and not as good as gel electrophoresis where you see the banding patterns).

As the other reviewer mentioned, it is a little slow in parts, and they take awhile to reveal some information. They definitely favor the idea that Sam Sheppard was innocent and do not address the idea that it could have been a hired hit (the blood analysis pretty much shows Sheppard did not commit the killing himself). I'm not saying he did, but it would be nice if that theory was addressed.

Overall, I would not call this "riveting," but it is interesting and a great addition to my class."