Haunted fireplace? A piece of notorious Cleveland history up for auction

sheppard fireplace
Photo: Bay Village Historical Society / Eric J. Eakin

Do you need a conversation starter for your home? How about: “You know, my fireplace mantle is from the house of a notorious murder?” Drop that line at the next dinner party, and find out a lot about your guests interests!

The Bay Village Historical Society just posted, via Facebook, a donated item that’s going up for auction.

Photo: Cleveland Police Department

It’s the original fireplace mantle from the lakefront home of Dr. Sam Sheppard, who was infamously convicted of the 1954 murder of his wife, Marilyn, before later being exonerated in 1966. The case caused a media stir in the 1950’s, and has continued to fascinate true-crime buffs into the current day, with books, television shows and podcasts all drawing inspiration directly and indirectly from the case.

The wooden mantle is a one-of-a-kind piece of Cleveland crime history, and will auctioned to the highest bidder online. Bidding is starting at $100, and will continue until noon on Monday, March 2nd. Interested parties should send their bids to info@bayhistorical.com.

Need another odd piece of furniture? How about a hot dog couch?