The Murder of Marilyn Sheppard

The format is to include title page, abstract, body, and bibliography. References and citations are to be in APA format. If you have questions concerning APA, please refer to the link or contact the instructor for assistance. The length of the body of each paper is to be 1500 words, written in 12-point font and double-spaced. Papers are to be submitted through the course website.


Students can select a topic of their choice for each paper. For each paper, students must choose a criminal case that has been covered by the media. Besides using your textbooks as a source (Jewkes, Y., and Linneman, T. (2018) Media and Crime in the U.S., Sage Publications.), you must also use five other additional outside sources for your paper, two of these should be scholarly in nature. For example, you may use the internet, academic journal databases, books, encyclopedias, videos, newspapers, etc.

The Research paper must consist of the following:

A description of the crime in its historical setting.
A theoretical analysis of the crime event.
A description of media involvement and coverage of the case from investigation to disposition.
A perspective concerning the media effect on case outcomes.