​Famous Murder Cases and Trials

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June 21, 2011

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Famous Murder Trials

As the famous Florida mother, Casey Anthony, is accused of murdering her daughter, it’s one of the biggest trials of the decade. We have a list of people from celebrities to doctors who faced similar charges in the courtroom. Each case had forensics and experts that testified.

The O.J. Simpson case was the trial of the century. Simpson was acquitted in 1995 on charges that he murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. In a later civil trial, he was found guilty and ordered to pay the victims’ families several million dollars in compensation.

Notorious ’70s serial killer Ted Bundy had two murder trials: one for the killing of sorority sisters, the second for the murder of Kimberly Leach. Bundy was convicted of kidnapping and murdering numerous women and sentenced to death in 1979. He was electrocuted in 1989.

British socialite Claus von Bulow was convicted of attempting to kill his wife in the 1980s. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He appealed the verdict and won.

Osteopathic doctor and neurosurgeon Dr. Sam Sheppard was convicted in 1954 of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his pregnant wife. He was acquitted in a retrial after serving 10 years in jail. The real killer was never found.