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March 1, 1996
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Case that inspired TV series lives on


CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) -- Police are taking a new look at the 42-year-old murder case that inspired the hit television series "The Fugitive."

Richard Eberling, a man serving a life sentence for murdering an elderly woman, has given a blood sample to investigators trying to solve the Dr. Sam Sheppard murder case.

Sheppard served 10 years of a life sentence for the 1954 murder of his pregnant wife, Marilyn. Sheppard, who claimed an unknown bushy-haired man killed his wife, was freed in 1966 after the U.S. Supreme Court reversed his conviction.

Sheppard died in 1976. His brother wants to compare a blood sample from a piece of wood found at the crime scene to a sample from Eberling, who had washed windows for the Sheppards.

Suspect nabbed in White House lawyer kidnapping


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Police arrested a suspect Thursday in the kidnapping and robbery of Deputy White House Counsel Mark Fabiani.

Fabiani was kidnapped by two armed men in a car January 26 while walking home from an Alexandria, Virginia commuter train stop.

He told police his abductors drove him into Washington and forced him to withdraw cash from an automatic teller machine. Fabiani told police the kidnappers abandoned him unharmed on a nearby corner.

Fabiani had been returning home after a long day at the U.S. District Court where first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton had testified before a grand jury investigating the Whitewater affair.

Man charges nun sexually abused him

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A Bronx man is suing the Catholic church claiming he was sexually abused by a nun who was his teacher.

The 21-year-old man, referred to only as "Jim", has filed a $150 million suit against the Archdiocese of New York alleging he was emotionally crippled and became an alcoholic as a result of the sexual abuse.

The suit alleges a nun identified as Linda Baisi began having sex on a weekly basis with the plaintiff when he was her 12- year-old student. The suit also claims Baisi gave the plaintiff money and gifts to induce him to keep the affair quiet.

Baisi, who has since renounced her vows but is now the principal at St. Francis de Chantal in the Bronx, has been placed on an indefinite leave of absence.

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