Paul Allen Holmes was a noted journalist and author who wrote for the Chicago Tribune from 1941-1966. He moved to Oak Park in 1959 and served on the
school board in the 1960s. His most famous book was The Sheppard Murder Case, which was a bestseller and contributed to changing national opinion on the case. The collection includes corrected manuscripts of The Sheppard Murder Case, an analysis of one of the most famous murder trials of the last century.
Biographical / Historical
Paul Allen Holmes was born in Milton, Wisconsin in 1902. He received degrees from the University
of Wisconsin and Marquette University Law School and passed the bar in Wisconsin in 1927.
Holmes served as executive editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel, and later became editor-in-chief for the Milwaukee Post. He joined the Chicago Tribune in 1941, where he covered criminal trials.
Holmes lived Oak Park from 1959-1966. As a parent of children attending school in the village, Holmes took an interest in the school system. He served as a member of the Oak Park Elementary school board from 1963-1966. His time on the board was controversial as he opposed the idea of building junior high schools in Oak Park.
Holmes sprung to national prominence when he covered the murder trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard in 1954. His coverage of the trial was later published into a book titled The Sheppard Murder Case in 1961. In 1964, Holmes published another book on the Sheppard case entitled My Brother’s Keeper with the help of Sam’s brother Stephen Sheppard. Holmes published a third book about the Sheppard case in 1967 called Retrial-Murder and Dr. Sam Sheppard.
After twenty-five years at the Chicago Tribune, Holmes retired from newspaper reporting and moved with his family to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, working as a free lance writer. He died in January 1985 at the age of 83.
Paul Allen Holmes donated the manuscripts of The Sheppard Murder Case in April 1963.
“Author Gives His Manuscript,” Oak Leaves 4/14/63 p. 8;
“Author Critical of Press, Courts in Sam Sheppard Murder Trial,” Oak Leaves 8/27/64 p. A+;
Oak Leaves 8/4/66 p. 7;
Oak Leaves 1/12/67 p. 26;
Oak Leaves 1/23/85 p. 79-80;
Wednesday Journal 1/30/85 p. 50
Part of the Oak Park Public Library Special Collections Repository
834 Lake Street
Paul Allen Holmes Manuscript Collection- Oak Park Public Library. Oak Park Public Library Special Collections. http://opspecialcollections.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/2/resources/8 Accessed December 13, 2017.