The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on July 11, 1965 · Page 45
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 45

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, July 11, 1965
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and with her grandmother and steperrandfather," Sam said. "I feel almost as if she were my daughter and as if they were my parents." He noted that I was puzzled by this remark since he had never seen these German relatives- by-marriage. He gestured toward a portable tape recorder. "At least once a week, Ariane and I spend an evening taping a letter to them. We get answering tapes to which all three of them have contributed. I have gotten to know them almost as well as if they were living with us." Sam said that he and Ariane also spend two or three evenings a week making a taped record of his experiences in prison. "We are doing this mainly so our children will have a record of my prison years if they should ever want to know it," he explained. Sam said that he devotes several hours every day to catching up with developments in medicine and particularly in his specialty, neurosurgery. "I am rereading my medical books," he said, "and I have long talks with my brother Richard about current medical practice." Richard is Dr. Richard Shappard, eldest of the three sons of the late Dr. Richard Allen Sheppard, who founded Bay View Hospital in Bay Village, Ohio. The middle brother is Dr. Stephen Sheppard. Sam is the youngest. Sam continued with a grin, "Ariane and I also have made quite a hobby of kite flying. The other day a big red kite soared so high that we let out a mile of string. "I'm an old kite man," he explained. "Years ago, when Marilyn and I were newly married and I was going to medical school in Los Angeles, we got a kite as a premium at a supermarket. We would climb a hill overlooking our home and fly it." Abruptly serious, Sam changed the subject to his failure to seek a gainful occupation during his months of liberty. "I had to make a decision," he said. "I could not go back to work as a physician because I surrendered my license after my conviction. I cannot apply for its restoration while litigation is pending. I could, of course, have gone to work in hospitals that have invited me and done the type of thing I did in the prison hospitals—nurse, medical technician, and operating-room assistant. I decided it was best to wait it out. I knew it would be embarrassing to any hospital for me to be around now." Do they hav* nfioiMy problams? Yes, Sam said, they certainly do. Ariane has an income from her share of her late father's business. This income, although fairly large, has proved inadequate under the strains of the last few years, and she has considered dipping into principal. "I had to put my foot down here," said Sam. "Against Ariane's advice, I cashed in what was left of my $100,000. life insurance. She has her private fortune, and young Sam has a substantial inheritance from his grandfather—^but I felt I must do my part in supporting us." Both Sam and Ariane have spent a lot of money buying gifts for each other. They observe every possible gift day. Ariane has a penchant for watches, with the result that Sam has watches on each wrist and an exquisite cuff-link set that ticks off the time. Ariane also is addicted to stuifed animals. Sam lugs them home all the time; bears, giraffes, and floppy dogs overrun their bedroom. As in all intense love affairs, the lovers occasionally hurt others. In their determination to avoid hurting each other, they seemingly neglect persons to whom they owe much. Thus, while Sam and Ariane visit frequently with Dr. Richard Sheppard and his wife Dorothy, they see almost nothing socially of Dr. Stephen Sheppard and his wife Betty. There has been no open breach between Sam and Steve, yet there clearly is a coldness each man has told me he knows is temporary. Through the years, it was Dr. Steve who pushed the legal fight for Sam's vindication. It was Dr. Steve who singlehandedly backed the successful habeas coi'pus action in the United States District Court. In the expected upcoming Supreme Court battle, Dr. Steve will, he tells me, be supporting Sam with customary vigor. Their differences, fanned by gossip, have arisen from the manner in which Sam handled his romance and from indefinable conflict over the future of young Sam. Steve and Betty took the boy into their home when he was seven and reared him as if he were their own son until he was 17. These differences are understandable and far from unreconcilable. Tiiat brings us boclc to tho quostion: what are Doctor Sam's and Ariane's chances for happiness? The courts alone will have a lot to say about that. If they give Sam his freedom, I feel the couple's chances are good. In any event, I have the impression that Sam and Ariane are not desperately worried about the immediate future because they know they will have each other's love, whatever happens. Let me add that I am a reluctant and tardy convert to this point of view. One year ago, even as I arranged their wedding, I had doubts that Ariane would be good for Sam or his cause. I still don't know whether she has hurt or helped his cause. I do know, however, that Ariane has been good for him. She has made him a happy man. Family Weekly. July 11,196S

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