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anthrobones
06-13-2006, 11:27 PM
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1972dfil.html



Maria Ridolph
Missing since December 3, 1957 from Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois
Classification: Non-Family Abduction



Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: about 1950
Age at Time of Disappearance: 7 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: White female. Dark, curly hair.
Clothing: She was wearing a tan-jacket, black corduroy slacks, a black and white checked shirt, black and white shoes' which fastened with zippers and brown socks.


Circumstances of Disappearance
Maria Ridolph was last seen playing with Cathie Sigman, age 8, near the Sigmart home in the west side of town about 7 P.M. in Sycamore, Illinois on December 3, 1957.
She was believed abducted by a man who had offered her and a girl companion a ride in a car. Sigman told authorities a man who called himself "Johnny" stopped to talk to the girls and offered them a ride in a car or a bus. Another story was that the man said "I'm Johnny and I'm married and I'm 24 years old." He asked them if they wanted a piggy-back ride. Cathie said she told the man to wait until she went home to get a pair of mittens. When she returned, she said, the man and Maria were gone. She did not know if the man had an automobile.
A plastic doll owned by Maria was found on the street near where she and Cathie had been playing. No other clues to the missing girl had been found during the following all-night search of vacant lots, corn fields, freight cars and vacant houses and buildings in this De Kalb County community of some 7,000, about 60 miles northwest of Chicago. A search was also made along the Kishwaukee River.
A score of FBI agents searched the area for clues to the disappearance of Ridolph, feared kidnaped and perhaps killed by a sex fiend. Richard D. Auerbach, special agent in charge of the FBI offfce in Chicago, came here to head a growing team of FBI men from Chicago and Rockford. The FBI entered the case Wednesday night after waiting 24 hours under terms of the Lindbergh kidnap law. Throughout the night agents questioned a steady stream of known sex deviates and persons with police records. But with each passing hour hope dwindled that curly haired Maria would be found alive.
High on the list of those wanted for questioning was a 21 year old Sycamore man, recently discharged from the Air Force. The man, known as "Commando," left Wednesday morning with a companion on a trip to Miami, Florida. Police Chief William Hindenburg said "Commando" had given piggy back rides to children. Authorities said "Commando" was driving a 1950 two-door green Oldsmobile with Illinois license plates 3-070-398, and was believed to have taken U. S. 41 to Florida. A massive search of the surrounding countryside by an estimated 1,000 lawmen and volunteers was called off when the cold and tired searchers returned empty-handed. Some of them had not slept in 30 hours.
But the only possible clues turned up were the girl's doll, a paper restaurant napkin, footprints, a man's blood-stained shirt and a pair of girl's black corduroy slacks. The doll, which Maria had been playing with when she vanished, was sent to the FBI laboratory in Washington for possible fingerprints. The girl's parents said the slacks were not hers.
Authorities said Maria's distraught parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ridolph, had received no ransom note.
Anxious parents kept their children indoors and this city of 6,669 appeared to be a ghost town without the happy cries of children in the streets. Business came to a virtual standstill as shopkeepers closed their doors and factories dismissed workers to join the search, which fanned out throughout the county.

anthrobones
07-14-2006, 03:10 PM
bumping up post

Richard
10-24-2006, 01:39 PM
Maria Ridolph

Missing since December 3, 1957 from Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois
Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Vital Statistics
Date Of Birth: about 1950
Age at Time of Disappearance: 7 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: White female. Dark, curly hair.
Clothing: She was wearing a tan-jacket, black corduroy slacks, a black and white checked shirt, black and white shoes' which fastened with zippers and brown socks.

Circumstances of Disappearance

Maria Ridolph was last seen playing with Cathie Sigman, age 8, near the Sigman home in the west side of town about 7 P.M. in Sycamore, Illinois on December 3, 1957.

She was believed abducted by a man who had offered her and a girl companion a ride in a car. Sigman told authorities a man who called himself "Johnny" stopped to talk to the girls and offered them a ride in a car or a bus.

Another story was that the man said "I'm Johnny and I'm married and I'm 24 years old." He asked them if they wanted a piggy-back ride. Cathie said she told the man to wait until she went home to get a pair of mittens. When she returned, she said, the man and Maria were gone. She did not know if the man had an automobile.

A plastic doll owned by Maria was found on the street near where she and Cathie had been playing. No other clues to the missing girl had been found during the following all-night search of vacant lots, corn fields, freight cars and vacant houses and buildings in this De Kalb County community of some 7,000, about 60 miles northwest of Chicago. A search was also made along the Kishwaukee River.

A score of FBI agents searched the area for clues to the disappearance of Ridolph, feared kidnaped and perhaps killed by a sex fiend. Richard D. Auerbach, special agent in charge of the FBI offfce in Chicago, came here to head a growing team of FBI men from Chicago and Rockford.

The FBI entered the case Wednesday night after waiting 24 hours under terms of the Lindbergh kidnap law. Throughout the night agents questioned a steady stream of known sex deviates and persons with police records. But with each passing hour hope dwindled that curly haired Maria would be found alive.

High on the list of those wanted for questioning was a 21 year old Sycamore man, recently discharged from the Air Force. The man, known as "Commando," left Wednesday morning with a companion on a trip to Miami, Florida. Police Chief William Hindenburg said "Commando" had given piggy back rides to children. Authorities said "Commando" was driving a 1950 two-door green Oldsmobile with Illinois license plates 3-070-398, and was believed to have taken U. S. 41 to Florida. A massive search of the surrounding countryside by an estimated 1,000 lawmen and volunteers was called off when the cold and tired searchers returned empty-handed. Some of them had not slept in 30 hours.

But the only possible clues turned up were the girl's doll, a paper restaurant napkin, footprints, a man's blood-stained shirt and a pair of girl's black corduroy slacks. The doll, which Maria had been playing with when she vanished, was sent to the FBI laboratory in Washington for possible fingerprints. The girl's parents said the slacks were not hers.

Authorities said Maria's distraught parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ridolph, had received no ransom note.

Anxious parents kept their children indoors and this city of 6,669 appeared to be a ghost town without the happy cries of children in the streets. Business came to a virtual standstill as shopkeepers closed their doors and factories dismissed workers to join the search, which fanned out throughout the county.
Investigators
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

DeKalb County Sheriff Office 404-294-2554

Source Information:
Charleston (WV) Daily Mail - 12/4/1957
The Post-Standard (Syracuse) - 12/5/1957
Harrisburg Daily Register - 12/5/1957
The Kansas City Times - 12/6/1957
The Doe Network: Case File 1972DFIL

Link:
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1972dfil.html

Richard
10-24-2006, 01:46 PM
I didn't realize that there was already another Websleuths thread on Maria. Here is a Link to it:

http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=40349&highlight=Maria+Ridolph

anthrobones
12-26-2006, 08:07 PM
Bumping up post for Maria

Mr. E
12-27-2006, 12:16 AM
Her birthdate is "around 1950"? Isn't it odd that there isn't a more definite birthdate for her? It's an old case, but not that old.

Mocha Java
12-29-2006, 03:06 AM
This case piqued my interest, so I did a bit of searching online about it. I found the following link that shows this case has been solved:

http://www.cityofsycamore.com/City%20Council/2002%20Minutes/cc081902.pdf (http://www.cityofsycamore.com/City%20Council/2002%20Minutes/cc081902.pdf)

The name listed in the document is “Maria Ridulph” rather than “Maria Ridolph”, but it must be the same child. It is a PDF file; I will quote the relevant part:



SYCAMORE CITY COUNCIL – REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES OF AUGUST 19, 2002

Presentation of Bronze Plaque to Frances I. Ridulph, Chuck and Diane Ridulph, Patricia (Ridulph) and Bill Quinn, Kay (Ridulph) and Lawrence Hickey. This plaque will be mounted on a permanent masonry base outside the Municipal Building and will replace the memorial that has been mounted on the building in honor of the memory of Maria Elizabeth Ridulph. Maria was kidnapped on December 3, 1957 while playing near her home and was found murdered in the spring of 1958. The original memorial, and this new memorial, honors her memory and the compassion of those law enforcement professionals and local residents who reached out to the family during their tragic experience.

Administrator Nicklas explained that for many years the Municipal Building had featured a memorial to a tragic time in our Community’s history. He said the memorial was in honor of Maria Ridulph who was kidnapped from her home on December 3, 1957 and found murdered in the spring of 1958. Mr. Nicklas said that about a year ago he opened conversation with the Ridulph family to provide a more lasting and fitting memorial that told the story of Maria Ridulph’s kidnapping and how the community rallied to search for her.

Mayor Swedberg read the plaque that will be placed on a pedestal in front of the Municipal Building.

Chuck Ridulph thanked the City for the tribute and remembrance to his sister.


I've never sent anything to the Doe Network, but I'll do what I can to get this link to their attention.

mfmangel1
12-29-2006, 11:57 AM
Maria was found....But not her killer. :(

Mr. E
12-29-2006, 01:26 PM
It would be interesting to know the whole story.

It's weird -- the Doenetwork pictures of her don't look like the same person. It looks like two photos of two different girls!

anthrobones
12-29-2006, 08:05 PM
Interesting....

I guess whoever posted it on DoeNetwork did not know it was solved. That is weird.

grievousangel
12-29-2006, 10:08 PM
Has anyone been brought to trial for her murder...were/are there any persons of interest?

Mocha Java
12-30-2006, 04:00 AM
(By mfmangel1)

Maria was found....But not her killer.


Do you have any information? I have been searching online but have not found anything about anybody being charged or suspected. I'll continue to search and will post anything else I find regarding this case.

mfmangel1
12-30-2006, 12:55 PM
Do you have any information? I have been searching online but have not found anything about anybody being charged or suspected. I'll continue to search and will post anything else I find regarding this case.
I spent quite a bit of time on this yesterday, but I didn't find anything new.

I am still searching. Such a sad story.

Marie
12-30-2006, 06:37 PM
Maria was born March 12, 1950 and died December 3, 1957. She is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, IL.

GALENA, Ill., April 27, 1958 (AP) The body of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph, missing from her home in Sycamore, Ill., since Dec. 3, was found yesterday near Galena in northwestern Illinois by a couple hunting mushrooms.

For anyone further interested, I have posted 2 newspaper articles here (http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b93/4Susan/MariaSearchDec91957.jpg) and here (http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b93/4Susan/MariafoundApril1958.jpg).

Marie
12-31-2006, 03:54 PM
Has anyone reported to Doe Network that Maria was found long ago? I'm surprised they didn't check with LE before posting her case.

Gina_M
12-31-2006, 06:01 PM
I just sent an email to the contact person listed on the Doe Network for "Case Updates".

Mocha Java
01-01-2007, 02:18 PM
I did the same thing, Gina... and received the following reply:


Thank you sorry she was murdered but glad the case was solved.
We will take care of it as soon as possible.

Thank You *.*Deanna Leip *.*.

Gina_M
01-02-2007, 08:53 PM
I got a reply as well:

"Thank you we got it just need time to remove her."

ETA: I clicked the link again and it looks like she's been removed from the Doe Network.

Mr. E
01-02-2007, 11:31 PM
Although Maria is younger than the other victims, there was a child killer active in Chicago at the time of her disappearance/murder.

http://www.crimezzz.net/serialkillers/I/ILLINOIS_CHILD_murders.php

Sycamore is about 53 miles west of Chicago.

Richard
01-03-2007, 10:30 AM
...High on the list of those wanted for questioning was a 21 year old Sycamore man, recently discharged from the Air Force. The man, known as "Commando," left Wednesday morning with a companion on a trip to Miami, Florida. Police Chief William Hindenburg said "Commando" had given piggy back rides to children. Authorities said "Commando" was driving a 1950 two-door green Oldsmobile with Illinois license plates 3-070-398, and was believed to have taken U. S. 41 to Florida. ...

Does anyone have any further information about this person of interest? What was his real name, and was he ever apprehended?

The information about a bloodied man's shirt is interesting. Was it preserved as evidence, and possibly still available for DNA testing?

Who was the child killer mentioned as operating in and around Chicago at the time, and what was his MO?

joellegirl
01-03-2007, 12:08 PM
I may be wrong, but I don't think it is believed that the same killer is responsible for all these murders. Kenneth Hanson is in prison for the Schuessler/Peterson murders but the Grimes sisters and Judith Mae Anderson's killer have never been found. There have been many suspects through the years, some police are almost certain of, but for some reason couldn't prove it or some crazy reason standing in the way of an arrest.. I need to check my books etc on this subject. I'm just working on my memory of what I have read , the stories I have heard about these murders through the years and I could be wrong. Anyone who lived in Chicago in the 1950's remember's these murders and how they affected them. I remember years ago the Chicago newspapers doing stories on these murders from time to time.

I believe Kenneth Hanson was involved with Silas Jayne and his group. Silas Jayne is beleived to have been involved in the disappearance of three young women from the Indiana Dunes State Park in 1966. We've discussed that case here on Websleuths awhile back. Other unsolved Chicago murders have also been possibly tied to Silas Jayne.

As for Maria Ridulph, that is a good point, Richard, about the bloody clothes. With today's technology maybe this case could be solved. I wonder if the Sycamore police dept has ever thought of looking into this old case.

http://www.prairieghosts.com/spmurders.html

http://www.prairieghosts.com/grimes.html

http://www.quirkyworks.com/judith_mae_andersen/chronology/

2sisters
01-03-2007, 01:40 PM
http://judicial-inc.biz/Grimes.htm
I found this when I googled the grimes girls.

Marie
01-03-2007, 04:31 PM
There were several different suspects listed in the news articles I found about Maria; I'm going to take a look at all of them again and try to make a list of names.

_______________________
I searched and read 128 articles. These are the important points I found -

The street where the 2 little girls were playing was heavily traveled. Maria had auburn colored hair.

Cathy Sigman, the other little girl, was guarded 24/7 by two police officers.

Postcards were sent to all area resisents requiring them to search their properties.

Decorah, Iowa authorities were going to be contacted about a bundle of burned clothing found on a farm there. Some of Maria's clothing was missing from the site where her body was found. Time, cause and place of death were undetermined. Her parents identified her by a lock of hair and a t-shirt (undershirt) - she was found with only the shirt, a plaid jacket & brown socks. She was the youngest of their 4 children.

Authorities questioned all known sex deviants and ex-convicts in Northern Illinois (questioning a total of 1,500 persons) - this yeilded no clues.

The Police Cheif was convinced it was a man "from the outside" who took Maria, because "we don't have anyone in Sycamore we can classify as a child abductor."

___________________
SUSPECTS and POI:

Suspect described by 8yo witness as: Possibly curly-haired, blond, tall, young, around age 23/24 (he told them he was 21yo), nice looking, called himself "Johnny", and offered the girls a "piggy back ride", and also asked the girls to ride with him in either a car, truck or bus.

Maria's rubber doll was found near a garage, 300 feet from where "Johnny" spoke to the girls. FBI (50 agents on the case, diguised as farmers, businessmen & telephone repairmen) speculated that it may have been deliberately planted there, and called for the person who did so to come forward; no one did.

A pastor 5 miles away in DeKalb saw a man matching, "Johnny's" description, in his church 3 hours after Maria vanished, banging his head on the pew and moaning, "My God, why did I do it? Why did I?"

The Hazel Green, Wisconsin (9 miles north of Galena where Maria's body was found) town Marshall allowed a "dead-ringer" for the suspect, a tall, nervous, blond man, to take shelter in the town hall on the night of Dec. 4 or 5. The man said he was a hitchhiker, had been in Dubeque, Iowa and worked as a church janitor in Amboy, IL. A restaurant owner gave the man a free breakfast. The Marshall was never able to identify any photo's of suspects as the man he helped.

Donald Arbuckle: ex-convict, found around Dec 12 with a missing 9yo girl (found alive & sleeping in his car) whom he admitted molesting. His home was stocked with obscene pornographic nude photos of girls.

A vagrant, Robert Hardin of Elgin, IL, told a waitress he killed Maria. Police arrested him and he then claimed that he met the real killer on a prison farm in Vandalia, IL. Hardin had served 11 sentences for vagrancy and drunkeness. He said he made the false claim in order to get himself put in jail (food & bed); police considered him unreliable suspect but planned to give him a lie detector test and research the name of the other prisoner/"real killer".

In late December, Wendell G. Howes, Jr. age 21, pled innoncent to the kidnapping and abduction of a 10yo girl (found alive); he did admit the abduction, stating it was "on impluse". He was questioned and denied any involvement in Maria's case.

Fromer mental patient Richard Dorcas was cleared in Maria's case. He had abducted 7yo Chicago girl Linda Beatty in May 1958. Cathy Sigman failed to identify him in a line-up as Maria's abducter. He was not given a lie dector test because he was coming off a drinking binge.

The warden of Stateville Prison in May 1958 turned over a "best tip yet" from the inmate grapvine about a night club organist with a sex offender record. The person named in the tip had been jailed in Galena sometime in 1957. His name was not given.

Richard
08-15-2007, 09:23 AM
Bumping this case up. There seems to be a lot of information about it. The 50 year anniversary is coming up.

I could not find her in the Doenetwork files. The previous link no longer works.

Richard
08-15-2007, 09:38 AM
bumping case up. The 50 year anniversary of Maria's disappearance is approaching...

joellegirl
08-15-2007, 03:54 PM
It was discovered this case has been solved (her body was found a few months after her disappearance) and the reason we all didn't know was because her last name has been mispelled. I'm only going on memory here but I think her last name was Ridulph of Rudulph and a few months ago another Websleuths poster discovered via Newspaper Archives (or some other archive)that Maria had been found deceased shortly after her disappearance. I believe her killer has never been found. There was a suspect but I'm not sure if it was ever proven.After this discovery Doe Network and Charley Project removed this case from their files.

joellegirl
08-15-2007, 03:59 PM
It turns out Maria was found deceased shortly after she went missing but her killer has never been found. Her last name had been mispelled and that is the reason it was thought she was still missing. Another Websleuths poster discovered an archived article with the correct spelling --Ridulph-- I think, and since that discovery her case has been taken off Doe Network and Charley Project.

Marie
08-16-2007, 07:25 AM
Just bumping this up. Mocha Java is the one who discovered Maria's body had been found a few months after her disappearance..."is “Maria Ridulph” rather than “Maria Ridolph.”" I don't think we'll ever know who killed her :(


Maria was born March 12, 1950 and died December 3, 1957. She is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, IL.

GALENA, Ill., April 27, 1958 (AP) The body of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph, missing from her home in Sycamore, Ill., since Dec. 3, was found yesterday near Galena in northwestern Illinois by a couple hunting mushrooms.

For anyone further interested, I have posted 2 newspaper articles here (http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b93/4Susan/MariaSearchDec91957.jpg) and here (http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b93/4Susan/MariafoundApril1958.jpg).

Richard
08-16-2007, 11:42 AM
I suspected that the reason this case was dropped from the Doenetwork was that she had been found and the case closed.

It is cases like this, however, that can help solve other cases of child abduction. Knowing the details of Maria's abduction, murder, and disposal of her body might link her case to others with similar details. Knowing who some of the suspects are might lead to connections with other victims or suspects.

Bluecat
08-18-2007, 01:13 AM
Avoid the http://judicial-inc.biz/Grimes.htm site - it's an anti-semitic site. According to it, the Poles or maybe Stalin started WWII by invading Germany... whoever is running it is a nutter. The accusation of Jewish ritual murder goes back to at least the Middle Ages, and was used as a tool to disenfranchise the Jews in Europe and drive them out, thereby freeing up their assets to be assumed by the ruler or the Church. The Jews were part of the middle class there, and had control of a sizeable amount of riches. Once the framework of this libel was invented, it was adopted all over Europe and into the Middle East, and used to promote violence againt Jews - after most instances, there has been a bloody purge of the local Jewish citizens. It's an ugly old myth.

Quad
07-01-2011, 05:17 PM
WOW.... they've made an arrest...! 54 years later.

Ike83
07-01-2011, 05:23 PM
Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-seattle-man-charged-in-1957-slaying-of-girl-20110701,0,594828.story)

Seattle man charged in 1957 slaying of girl

By Deanese Williams-Harris Tribune reporter

3:37 p.m. CDT, July 1, 2011
Murder charges have been filed against a 71-year-old Seattle man who is accused of a 1957 slaying of a girl he allegedly abducted from DeKalb County, officials said today.

Maria Ridulph, 7, went missing on Dec. 3, 1957 after she was last seen playing with her friend near their homes in Sycamore. Her skeletal remains were found on April 26, 1958 in Jo Davies County, officials said.

bessie
07-01-2011, 06:25 PM
This is very good news. Finally, justice for Maria Ridolph. I wonder if 54 years is a record. I'll be watching this case to learn what evidence they have against him. Just as important, finding this guy might lead to solving similar murders that occurred over the years. I wonder what Jack Daniel McCullough, aka John Tessier's been up to since 1957.

cluciano63
07-01-2011, 07:52 PM
I read a short blurb elsewhere that said he was an original suspect but had an alibi and that LE has finally been able to disprove this alibi...I wonder (and hope) someone came forward to help out, even if after more than my lifetime...it makes me hopeful that people in other cases (Lauren Spierers, for one) may come forward, only much, much sooner.

BrownRice
07-01-2011, 08:19 PM
If my math is correct, he was basically a kid himself - 17 or 18?

Nice "closure" for her family after all these years. Quoted closure because there's no such thing really.

Fairy1
07-01-2011, 10:13 PM
Oh my. What a miracle. I hope are tracking his whereabouts all these years and that there are no other victims.

Winward1
07-01-2011, 10:55 PM
If so, score one for justice:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-seattle-man-charged-in-1957-slaying-of-girl-20110701,0,594828.story

pinkfly
07-01-2011, 11:50 PM
I am always so impressed when a cold case gets solved

prayer for Maria

Dreamnine
07-02-2011, 10:58 AM
It's heartening to read of cases like this where the investigators never give up.

JoeFromLB
07-02-2011, 11:55 AM
Victim’s family knew man charged in 1957 murder of Sycamore girl

http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/news/6290589-418/victims-family-knew-man-charged-in-1957-murder-of-sycamore-girl.html

Maria’s brother, Charles Ridulph, 65, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the arrest, after so many years, stunned him because he had assumed whoever killed her was long dead.

“Otherwise something would have come up before this time” said Ridulph, who was 11 when his sister vanished. “We’re in shock, to tell you the truth,”

Adding to his surprise, the alleged killer was a man from the Ridulph’s neighborhood.

“The shock that it [was] someone that we know from the neighborhood is just an added shock,” said Ridulph, who still lives in Sycamore.

McCullough, also known as John Tessier, was in the custody of the King County Sheriff’s Office in Seattle Friday, awaiting extradition to Illinois, according to DeKalb County authorities.

JoeFromLB
07-02-2011, 12:10 PM
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-07-01/news/chi-seattle-man-charged-in-1957-slaying-of-girl-20110701_1_murder-charges-arrest-warrant-train-ticket

(Sycamore Police Chief Donald) Thomas said McCullough, who was born with the surname Tessier, lived in Sycamore in 1957, about two blocks from Maria's family. Investigators at the time believed the killer was named "Johnny," but McCullough had an alibi, so they didn't pursue him as a suspect.

Recently, however, new information came to light that implicated McCullough, Thomas said.

Thomas said McCullough as a teen claimed he had been on a train traveling from Rockford to Chicago.

His alibi fell apart in 2010 when a former girlfriend came forward to report she had seen the train ticket decades ago and it was unused and unstamped, said Thomas, citing information contained in a warrant authorities obtained to search the suspect’s Seattle home.

That unused train ticket, dated the same time that Maria vanished, led authorities to refocus their attention on McCullough, Thomas said.

He said police continued their investigation, which this week led them to McCullouch’s door.

“Through a series of interviews, including with Mr. Tessier, we were able to determine he was the person who had killed Maria Ridulph,” the chief said. “We gleaned from that interview that he was the killer.”


...Asked whether McCullough confessed to the killing, Thomas declined to say. He added that the investigation was not based on DNA or other physical evidence, given that the slaying happened so long ago.

Thomas said McCullough is married and had worked as a police officer in a Washington town until the mid 1980s, when he was arrested and later convicted for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Dreamnine
07-02-2011, 12:14 PM
Yes, good work by LE: Found Deceased IL - Maria Ridolph, 7, Sycamore, 3 Dec 1957 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

jashrema
07-02-2011, 12:34 PM
I hope to God they are investigating all the unsolved missing/murdered children that this lowlife may have come into contact with. He obviously didn't stop with Maria...UGH..makes me sick he became a cop. Look how many children he could have lured with the cop uniform alone, not to mention be a part of the investigation to see what was happening. Would be nice to see other families also get closure.

Hamsterdance
07-02-2011, 04:28 PM
Adding another article to this thread. Glad that they finally found her killer.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/07/02/washington.cold.case.arrest/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Police arrest Seattle man in 1957 murder of Illinois girl

Redwood146
07-02-2011, 05:26 PM
i wonder how long after he killed poor Maria did he leave Sycamore? Its interesting that the former girlfriend from decades ago reported the unused ticket. Does this mean that she always suspected he was responsible for the child's murder?

JoeFromLB
07-02-2011, 08:49 PM
Hospitalization delays court hearing for Seattle man accused in 1957 Sycamore slaying

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-seattle-jack-mccullough-tessier-sycamore-slaying-maria-ridulph-20110702,0,7355524.story

July 2, 2011

...At a brief hearing today, King County District Court Judge Eileen Kato said she found “probable cause” to detain McCullough without bail, and rescheduled another bail hearing for Monday.

The judge said McCullough, who did not attend the hearing, was at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. His illness was not disclosed.

JoeFromLB
07-02-2011, 09:10 PM
Man charged in 1957 Sycamore slaying had history of abuse: police

http://www.suntimes.com/6299675-417/man-charged-in-1957-sycamore-slaying-had-history-of-abuse-police.html

A man accused of killing a 7-year-old Sycamore girl in a case that made national news in 1957 has a long, troubled history of sexually abusing his relatives and others, court documents related to the murder of Maria Ridulph alleged...

(Much more information in the article about his background, the girlfriend, and what led up to the arrest.)

Fairy1
07-02-2011, 09:20 PM
Man charged in 1957 Sycamore slaying had history of abuse: police

http://www.suntimes.com/6299675-417/man-charged-in-1957-sycamore-slaying-had-history-of-abuse-police.html

A man accused of killing a 7-year-old Sycamore girl in a case that made national news in 1957 has a long, troubled history of sexually abusing his relatives and others, court documents related to the murder of Maria Ridulph alleged...

(Much more information in the article about his background, the girlfriend, and what led up to the arrest.)

How sad that it took so long to get this guy. I think most of us have been certain there were other victims since the story broke. I just hope he didn't murder any others.

I'm not really confident that will be the case, though.

flourish
07-02-2011, 09:32 PM
Another article, or regurgitation of articles:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/02/seattle-man-charged-in-19_n_889289.html


McCullough's arrest drew elation from Kathy Chapman, the 8-year-old girl Maria played with the night she vanished. Now a grandmother, Chapman told the Chicago Tribune that last year investigators showed her a photo of McCullough as a teenager in a photo lineup, and Chapman identified him as a young man from her Sycamore neighborhood who offered a piggyback ride to her and Maria as the two girls played under a corner streetlight. She knew him as "Johnny."

norest4thewicked
07-02-2011, 11:18 PM
This gives hope that not all cold cases will go unsolved. Thanks for posting this!

Winward1
07-03-2011, 12:02 AM
This gives hope that not all cold cases will go unsolved. Thanks for posting this!

Amen.

mysticrose
07-03-2011, 09:13 AM
Police: Train ticket helps crack 1957 Ill. killing
By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press The Associated Press
Saturday, July 2, 2011 4:48 PM EDT

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — Charles "Chuck" Ridulph always assumed the person who stole his little sister from the neighborhood corner where she played and dumped her body in a wooded stretch some 100 miles away was a trucker or passing stranger — surely not anyone from the hometown he remembers as one big, friendly playground.

And, after more than a half century passed since her death, he assumed the culprit also had died or was in prison for some other crime.

On Saturday, he said he was stunned by the news that a one-time neighbor had been charged in the kidnapping and killing that captured national attention, including that of the president and FBI chief. Prosecutors in bucolic Sycamore, a city of 15,000 that's home to a yearly pumpkin festival, charged a former police officer Friday in the 1957 abduction of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph after an ex-girlfriend's discovery of an unused train ticket blew a hole in his alibi.

Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, has been held in Seattle on $3 million bail. A judge overseeing a Saturday court appearance for him said he had been taken to a regional trauma center but did not elaborate. She rescheduled his bail hearing for 12:30 p.m. Monday.

http://www.myqwest.com/news/read.php?rip_id=%3CD9O7KP0G0%40news.ap.org%3E&ps=1011

JoeFromLB
07-03-2011, 10:07 AM
Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, has been held in Seattle on $3 million bail. A judge overseeing a Saturday court appearance for him said he had been taken to a regional trauma center but did not elaborate. She rescheduled his bail hearing for 12:30 p.m. Monday.


Suicide attempt??

Richard
07-03-2011, 11:08 PM
Seattle Man Charged In 1957 Murder Of 7-Year-Old Maria Ridulph


SEATTLE — An unused, unstamped train ticket helped lead to charges against a Seattle man in the abduction and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl in 1957.

Prosecutors in northern Illinois' DeKalb County charged Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, on Friday with murdering Maria Ridulph, who was last seen playing with a friend near her home in Sycamore, about 50 miles west of Chicago. Mushroom hunters found Maria's remains five months later in a wooded area about 100 miles from her hometown.

McCullough claimed he took the train from Rockford, Ill., to Chicago the day of the abduction. But The Seattle Times, citing a probable-cause statement filed in court, reported Saturday that a woman who dated McCullough at the time found, while searching through personal items last year at the request of investigators, an unused, unstamped train ticket from Rockford to Chicago dated the day the girl went missing.

It's unclear whether McCullough has an attorney. He remains jailed in Seattle on $3 million bond and was scheduled for a court appearance there Saturday.

McCullough's arrest drew elation from Kathy Chapman, the 8-year-old girl Maria played with the night she vanished. Now a grandmother, Chapman told the Chicago Tribune that last year investigators showed her a photo of McCullough as a teenager in a photo lineup, and Chapman identified him as a young man from her Sycamore neighborhood who offered a piggyback ride to her and Maria as the two girls played under a corner streetlight. She knew him as "Johnny."

Chapman, who lives near Chicago in St. Charles, Ill., said she ran home and never saw Maria again.

McCullough's arrest "puts a lot of things to rest now. I'm so happy for the family," Chapman told the Tribune. "And nobody gave up on it. That's the good thing about it."

The search for Maria in December 1957 grew to involve more than 1,000 law enforcers and numerous other community members, ultimately catching the attention of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who requested daily updates, DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell said in a written statement Friday.

Two people foraging for mushrooms in Jo Davies County, in Illinois' northwest corner, found the girl's remains on April 26, 1958.

Officials said McCullough, who was 18 and named John Tessier at the time of Maria's disappearance, was an initial suspect but had an alibi.

Last year, police re-interviewed a woman who dated McCullough in 1957 and asked her to look for pictures and other items of their time together, the Seattle newspaper reported, citing the court documents filed this week.

That's when she found the unused, unstamped train ticket from Rockford to Chicago, poking holes in McCullough's alibi. He was picked up for questioning Wednesday night, Sycamore Police Chief Donald Thomas said.

"He had been a very good suspect in the beginning. He lived about a block and half away from the victim, he fit the description and his clothes matched, but he had an alibi that he was someplace else," Thomas said. "Once his alibi crumbled, we found about a dozen other facts that helped us build our case."

According to the court documents obtained by the Times, investigators determined a collect phone call McCullough purportedly made to his ex-girlfriend from Chicago actually came from his Sycamore home the day Maria vanished – and he gave a ride to a relative when he should have been on the train.

"This crime has haunted Sycamore for half a century. We hope that the family of Maria Ridulph and this community can find some solace and closure with this arrest," Campbell said Friday.

Charles Ridulph, Maria's brother, told the Chicago Sun-Times his family is in shock over the arrest of a suspect in his sister's death.

"For all these years, my assumption was that he was dead – that he would have been dead – otherwise something would have come up before this time," said Ridulph, 65. That the suspect is someone the family knew from the neighborhood "is just an added shock," he said.

Ridulph said his parents have died and the arrest stoked old anger.

"They talk about closure, which there is never such a thing," he said. "It was pretty well closed for us, and now it's all open again. My daughter said to me when I told her (about the arrest), she said it's too bad my parents aren't alive. I said, `Thank God they weren't alive for this day.'"

JoeFromLB
07-04-2011, 12:15 AM
Court documents paint suspect in 1957 cold case as having troubled past

http://www.kcchronicle.com/2011/07/03/court-documents-paint-suspect-in-1957-cold-case-as-having-troubled-past/aso6c7w/

Much information about the suspect's life in this article, as well as details of the day Maria disappeared in 1957, from court documents.

Kat
07-04-2011, 10:24 PM
http://www.kirotv.com/news/28442139/detail.html

McCullough Set To Make 1st Court Appearance For Cold Case Killing

Posted: 12:51 pm PDT July 4, 2011

Very short article. Video is good info though.

w1df10wr
07-04-2011, 10:29 PM
Link (http://news.yahoo.com/police-train-ticket-helps-crack-1957-ill-killing-165142484.html) - "Prosecutors in bucolic Sycamore, a city of 15,000 that's home to a yearly pumpkin festival, charged a former police officer Friday in the 1957 abduction of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph after an ex-girlfriend's discovery of an unused train ticket blew a hole in his alibi."

Amazing to have a cold case of this many years solved!

JeannaT
07-04-2011, 10:32 PM
Such an interesting case. Thank God it's finally solved for those left behind to grieve.

marycarney
07-04-2011, 10:53 PM
BRAVO to those in law enforcement who NEVER GAVE UP!

JoeFromLB
07-05-2011, 08:11 PM
Tacoma detectives are looking into other unsolved cases of girls who disappeared or were found murdered.

http://blog.thenewstribune.com/crime/2011/07/05/could-suspect-in-1957-abduction-slaying-be-tied-to-unsolved-cases-locally/

Claudette
07-05-2011, 11:54 PM
I wonder if he has ties to La Crosse, WI (Evelyn Hartley, kidnapped in 1953)

PGW
07-08-2011, 10:00 AM
He says today in the news he didn't do it, and I believe that's very possible.

PGW
07-08-2011, 10:02 AM
FIRST, Maria was last seen playing in the yard of the Cliffe home. Mrs. Cliffe stated to a reporter that Maria and Cathi were "screaming" and chasing each other around the trunk of a large tree in the Cliffe front yard. So last person to see Maria, and last place for Maria to be: The Cliffe yard.

PGW
07-08-2011, 10:11 AM
According to Mrs. Ridulph's statement to a newspaper reporter from another paper, Maria was a very quiet, very shy child, but if upset, very quickly could become "a screamer". Mrs. Ridulph stated when Maria became like that, only Mrs. Ridulph could calm her down. Maria's siblings stated in interviews that there was a corner in the front room of their house that was Maria's play area. She played there quietly. She was by all accounts, a good, quiet child. And there was one other thing about Maria, she was very scared of the dark, according to what her mother said to a newspaper reporter. But Mrs Cliffe last saw Maria playing in the dark in the Cliffe front yard, or rather, "chasing around a large tree trunk with Cathi, and screaming". Mrs. Cliffe was quoted. The next sentence in the article states that it was dark, and there were no street lights. That's odd, too, why would a child who is terrified of the dark play in the front yard further from her home in the dark? Answer: a person I know from Sycamore says there WAS a street light on that corner back then, and that it was THE ONLY street light on that street back then, which is why Maria and Cathi were playing there -- it was considered "safe" because of the street light, and because kids could "see" in order to play. So why did the reporter put that it was "dark" and there were no street lights? Did the reporter assume that, or did Mrs. Cliffe feel the need to say that? Or exactly what?

PGW
07-08-2011, 10:16 AM
Maria went home to get her doll to bring back for the Piggyback ride. She disappeared from the Cliffe yard. It's where Cathi last saw her and it's where Mrs. Cliffe last saw her, with Cathi. Cathi went down the street to Maria's folks and told her Maria was missing. The Cliffe yard was thoroughly searched. Maria and her doll were gone. A short time later, Maria's doll shows up, in a place previously searched, and where it shows up -- in the Cliffe yard, on the other side of the Cliffe yard, in fact. People were very puzzled, where did the doll come from so suddenly and so quickly?

PGW
07-08-2011, 10:26 AM
The fbi came in and J. Edgar Hoover took an interest in the case. The doll was taken to the FBI lab in Washington D.C. and fingerprinted, etc. The results were never disclosed.
The articles point out that even J. Edgar Hoover wanted to be kept up to date on this case. Interestingly enough, the Cliffe family had ties to Washington D.C., Republican U.S. Senator Cliffe was born in Sycamore. Perhaps Mr. Cliffe asked Hoover personally to watch over his town of Sycamore. More than likely, that was the case. However, was Cathi ever shown a picture of the Cliffe's son, who had blonde wavy hair and was about 20 years of age, and lived in that house, in a basement or garage apt. kind of thing at that time? Cathi mentioned in an interview that the man asked them if they liked his blonde curly hair. Young people who knew of the Cliffe son (or perhaps it was a nephew), thought at the time that perhaps he was the one who did it, because he was always asking Sycamore teens, do you like my hair? That doesn't mean he did it, whatsoever, but just pointing out that the train ticket clue isn't as strong, especially if a lot of people in Sycamore had train tickets to Chicago at the time. Young people from Chicago took trips to the Chicago Zoo, the schools went. Young people from Chicago went to many activities in Chicago. They'd save up and get a ticket. It was only 50 miles away.

PGW
07-08-2011, 10:36 AM
I realize the suspect everyone says did it, has a not so nice history regarding molestation accusations, but that doesn't make him a killer. He might be the killer, but for some reason, the local Chief of Police, who had every kind of reason to arrest him for the crime, didn't. He held back. For some reason the woman who had this train ticket kept it all these years, inbetween a picture of an ex-boyfriend and the back of the frame, like it's something you purposely save. Did he ask her to save it, and why would he do that, knowing it was the very thing that would seal his case? Did he ever ask for the picture back all these years? Too many unanswered questions. But to start with, where are the fingerprint results for that doll of Maria's? Were the fingerprint and test results ever given to law enforcement? According to what I read, they weren't released to law enforcement. WHY? Somebody obviously obstructed justice for Maria in this case, and the question is WHY? Can't ask the police chief, he died in a car accident less than a year after Maria was kidnapped, which means in a matter of weeks after her body was found, because she was found something like 8 months after her kidnapping. My apologies to the Cliffe family, who I understand to be good, upstanding people, and my apologies to the McCullough/Tessier family because no one has been found guilty in this case, and I'm not accusing anybody, and there could even be a third, unknown suspect in all of this, so every avenue needs to be explored to find this killer, for Maria's sake.

PGW
07-08-2011, 10:43 AM
I haven't talked to my friend from Sycamore in a long time, so there was no opinion on Tessier/McCullough.

PGW
07-08-2011, 10:49 AM
My friend did try to report this to the Maria Ridulph website some years back, and received a curt reply. To my understanding, the Cliffe son/nephew, whatever relation he was, left town shortly after the incident regarding Maria.

PGW
07-08-2011, 12:30 PM
Of course it's entirely possible that because of fearing the killer was the relative Cliffe family, McCullough/Tessier was protected in a round-about way by others. It's possible the doll was picked up by the member of the Cliffe family before the news of Maria's disappearance made its quick rounds, and then they realized they had to toss it back. So it could be fingerprints from a Cliffe family member who were innocent but had become unwittingly involved. It's possible that McCullough is related to the Cliffe family. Or was a friend of a member of the Cliffe family, or that the Cliffe family mistakenly worried that it was their relative who did it and thus McCullough was able to slip through without being charged formerly. I did understand that the man that law enforcement suspected (McCullough/Tessier) was a loner, not well-known in the area. But I didn't know his name. I hope they are able to do DNA. I don't know where my friend from Sycamore is right now, was the years before internet, so can't ask any more questions, but what a strange, strange case. I do know there was mention that Maria's family was a very good, nice group of people, but that they were Lithuanian or second generation Lithuanian, or a few, and only a few people, tried to implicate them in Maria's death, but people who knew them and loved them, and there wre a lot of people who knew them and loved them, knew that nothing could be further from the truth. Many people from Sycamore searched tirelessly for her. That's what I was told by my friend from Sycamore. Could they go to that Cliffe house and do a blood splatter test?

Quad
07-08-2011, 02:50 PM
I am from Sycamore and even tho I wasnt born when Maria was murdered I have studied the case for years... There was a streetlight at that corner. I have read many if not all of the archived articles and there are some discrepancies in the articles here and there.

Quad
07-08-2011, 02:58 PM
when you drive to the area, one thing that really stands out is how close it all is... Marias very small house is two or three houses aways from the corner (center cross and Archie) where she was taken. The suspect Tessiers house is maybe a block and a half down Center Cross... Center Cross rd is also Il State Rt 23. Its a fairly busy street and truckers drive down it. Even back then one article stated that it was rush hour, cars were going by and people had seen Maria and Cathy under the street light playing around the tree... (the tree is gone)

Quad
07-08-2011, 03:01 PM
Its coming out that this man (Tessier) had been messing with girls in the neighborhood. He left town within a week of Marias murder. Joined the army and never looked back.

He has a long history of sex abuse and I think they should be looking into cold cases in the areas hes been living in all this time

Quad
07-08-2011, 03:22 PM
http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2011/07/08/mccullough-says-he-didnt-kill-maria-ridulph/a4p9ych/

I will post some links from the local Sycamore paper

Quad
07-08-2011, 03:23 PM
http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2011/07/07/piecing-together-john-tessier-puzzle/a6vtckw/

Piecing together the John Tessier puzzle

Quad
07-08-2011, 03:28 PM
A story on the 50th anniversey of Maria Ridolphs murder http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2011/07/01/innocence-lost-she-would-have-been-something/aqiuy63/

Quad
07-08-2011, 03:31 PM
and here is the original story in the local paper
http://www.library.illinois.edu/dnc/Default/Skins/UIUC/Client.asp?Skin=UIUC&AW=1310004303008&AppName=2

Quad
07-08-2011, 03:32 PM
okay, well that link takes you to the home page... but you can search and find many articles from the time

Quad
07-08-2011, 03:41 PM
IMO a few things were at play as to why they didnt catch this guy at the time...... Sycamore was a very small town.. everyone knew each other, it is still that way.... The FBI came in and took over the case but then as soon as Marias body was found, they left. Center Cross St, is also Il State Rt 23. Truckers use it. Marias body was found 120 miles away along the same rt. The trucker angle is one that Ive heard many times thru the years... Also Sycamores Police chief at the time died in a car accident about 9 months after Maria was taken. Just a few thoughts

JoeFromLB
07-08-2011, 04:51 PM
He says today in the news he didn't do it, and I believe that's very possible.

I read in one report that he says he's not Tessier.

Quad
07-08-2011, 05:06 PM
at first he wouldnt admit it that he was John Tessier, but now he has.

PGW
07-10-2011, 01:38 AM
A member of the Cliffe family has now gone to reporters to state that he was around 12 when Maria was kidnapped and that Tessier would ask kids to let him take their photo. Wonder why none of that made the newspapers back then, although it was mentioned in newer articles that years later he had a habit of photographing prostitutes. Maybe the photo taking back in Sycamore was listed in investigation but never given to reporters? Starting to remind me now of that case where the locker was found with all those photos of young women and prostitutes and the police were trying to figure out whose locker it was and whot he victims were, remember that? What if those mystery photos had belong to Tessier?

PGW
07-10-2011, 08:08 PM
oh, they did have a suspect for that locker full of photos, and he was arrested, so looks like not Tessier on that. I think that clue from the younger Cliffe guy is very significant, that Tessier was asking kids in Sycamore to pose for photos. I have verified there was an older Cliffe boy, in Tessier's age group, and his name was Jerry. I don't know if that's who my friend from Sycamore suspected or not, but it's the only Cliffe in that age group, and he was the stepson of Mrs. Thomas Cliffe who last saw Maria in the Cliffe front yard. Looks like the reporter of that newspaper was at fault about printing there were no street lights, because all the other news clippings say they played under the streetlight. However, that was NOT a quote from Mrs. Cliffe about no street light, just an error on the part of the reporter. Trying to find a photo of Jerry Cliffe, but nothing adds up about him that would make him a suspect, other than the misfortunate of having the kidnapping happen at his residence. He's also deceased, and there's nothing out of whack in his life story whatsoever to make him a suspect. By all accounts, he was a nice gentleman who ran a sports bar in Chicago.

Quad
07-11-2011, 03:02 PM
John Tessiers own sister has said that he molested her when she was a girl and made her act as a lookout as he molested neighborhood girls in bushes. Sadly, she has said this only recently

PGW
07-12-2011, 01:08 AM
oh my God! Wonder why she waited so long? I'm still trying to understand how he ended up in Sycamore. Do you know?

PGW
07-12-2011, 01:10 AM
Were there any accusations of molesting or rape on his military record? Didn't he serve in the military?

Quad
07-12-2011, 03:03 PM
It just came out today that his military records burned in 1973. I do know how he came to Sycamore... He was Born in Belfast. His mom was in the war.. dad either left the family or died.. His Mom met her new American husband in the war. After the war. they settled in Sycamore. Johnny was 7 and his new sister was a baby. There were more children born here in Sycamore later.

Quad
07-12-2011, 03:25 PM
Marias name is spelled wrong on this thread.... its MARIA RIDULPH. Is there any way to change that?

PGW
07-14-2011, 06:54 PM
I think you'll have to contact the moderator or the person who started the thread, to get the title edited. Thank you for the info on Tessier. Another person from Sycamore told me that Tessier had a habit of doubling up his fists, jabbing them out into the air, turning quickly this way and that. Was he going to get even with Cathi's family for her dad running over him with the taxi? Besides molesting issues, there seems to be anger issues. I noticed Cathi said he had her by the arm telling her he liked her, when Maria left. Was Cathi the intended target? Through his anger, and the urges, was going to take it to a new level from the bushes activity he had with other girls, but she also left and his mind was already made up to take someone and he took Maria? That means he plotted, that is, if he is the one who did it. So he had to have parked nearby.

PGW
07-14-2011, 06:56 PM
I guess they have, but did they go through any newspaper photos of the search party to see if he shows up in them? Still trying to get past the doll wasn't there, then was there, issue.

PGW
07-14-2011, 07:00 PM
I was told that when the phone calls began and word of mouth that Maria was missing, people began searching everything in the neighborhood, sheds, yards, everything. The doll would have been found immediately. Is it possible, and I hate to bring in the Cliffe name again, but is it possible that Tessier used the Cliffe garage or basement without their knowledge? Nobody locked everything up back then. I still wonder could they do a blood test on the buildings in that area, even today? What about the house next to the Cliffe house? Have the people who lived in that house on the corner after the Cliffes been contacted? Perhaps they saw something strange afterwards? Like someone returning to the scene of the crime, to the corner? Like Tessier? I understand the Richardsons lived in that house after the Cliffes. Are any of them alive that could be contacted to see if they remember Tessier returning to that yard?

Quad
07-17-2011, 06:15 PM
i think the discrepency with the doll might just be a reporting mistake. I walked the area the other day and i could totally picture how the kidnapping could happen. when Cathy left to get her mittens... Johnny gave Maria another piggy back ride... and ran with her the VERY short way to his house where his car was either in the driveway or on the road...Maria was on his back and he just thru her in his car and took off.. Thru her doll out the window, turned the corner and was gone.. I really think it was that simple

Quad
07-17-2011, 06:20 PM
i really dont think anyone from the corner house, the Cliffes or the Richardsons had anything to do with it. that theory makes it much more complicated than it is, IMO.

Quad
07-17-2011, 06:25 PM
as far as searching, yes... after it was truly realized that Maria was taken... Over an hour.. Searching began in earnest and it is said in the old papers and old timers that ive talked to that every single house was searched that night by townsmen going door to door. Im sure the Cliffes house was searched.. Sadly, IMO Maria was dead by the time searching began. Im sure the Tessiers house was searched also.. But Maria was never in the house. She went straight onto the car.

JoeFromLB
07-21-2011, 01:28 PM
McCullough has waived extradition and agreed to return to Illinois to face murder charges.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-sycamore-cold-case-0721-20110721,0,2056784.story

PGW
07-22-2011, 03:46 PM
No. The doll was not there. I had very close family members involved in the search. The doll was not there the first time. It is possible, that in searching just for a little girl and not a doll, that someone threw it from one point to another, not realizing the doll was connected to Maria, but it is very true that the doll was not there and then reappeared. I know that for a fact from people who were there searching. I've known that for a very long time. In fact, it was so obvious about the doll reappearing that the talk by the searchers was that the killer was probably with them during the searches. That I know for a fact. So the newspapers back then were very correct, at least from what I was told years ago.

PGW
07-22-2011, 03:53 PM
I am having trouble being convinced that the suspect really did it. I was told he liked to jab his fists out and do boxing/fighting stances, when younger. A "commando" would do that, like in the old comic books. They would physically fight, and they were military. He wanted to join the military. He wanted to be a commando. That's very much like boys of that age. Or at least some of them. Then there's the molestation stories, but recently a man in our area was arrested for serial molestation of many, many victims through the years. Yet, he never killed. It was wrong, I think it's horrible, and I know he caused damage, but my point is, it doesn't make someone a killer. Usually sex killers have in their past a history of physical violence towards others, or history of harming, torturing animals. Or they were the very, very quiet weird ones. Does Tessier have this in his past? Is it possible he was a molester but not a killer? What if there's someone entirely unknown to everyone else at this point who was in Sycamore back then, and like the other theory, passing through? Why won't they do the DNA on Maria's body? Bless her and her family, but what if that killer is still alive, and would still do it again, and the DNA could save some other little girl out there?

PGW
07-22-2011, 04:00 PM
And last but not least, I watched the witness on a news interview and although I realize she was there and everyone knows she was there, but I didn't find her credible with the way she answered and talked and everything about it. I realize I'll get blasted for that, but that is my gut instinct. If I were on a jury and listened to her and watched her, the way she was on the news interview, I'd have serious doubts about her actually seeing anything much at all, or that she might have wanted so badly for the killer to be found, that she added what she thought they wanted to hear. Her story changed back then, newspapers pointed itout. I realize she was very young, and that it was very traumatic and I'm sure still is, but what if her story changed back then several times because she really didn't have a lot to say, but was coached? She is no doubt a good person. I know she came from a very good family, as did Maria. I know these things from people who knew all of them. But it's her recounting of it and the maybe it's smugness that comes through, something, just bothers me and I don't find her credible as to her total core of information. Just sayin.....if you're 8 and you say he said he's Johnny...and it was printed everywhere and now you can't change it years later....Maybe she didn't quite hear him that well. I'm sure she saw him. I'm sure she was there. I wasn't convinced by her about everything else. I think it will divide the jury, because I'm just being very honest here, no matter how mad it makes anyone.

PGW
07-22-2011, 04:05 PM
And what first name did people know Tessier by? Other than the word "Commando", did he use the name "Johnny?" At any point in his adult life before the kidnapping? Or did he go by John, or just Comando? So many loose ends in this. I really hope you get the right killer. Wonder why he's waiving extradition? Interesting. If he turns out to be not guilty, and have all the proof that he's not, then will the search continue for the real killer? I hope so. Or what if he is the real killer and wants to go ahead and do the right thing, if he did it, and plead guilty. That would be a very rare moment in crime history.

PGW
07-22-2011, 04:12 PM
Quad, I believe you are right, that Maria was dead before the searching began. Have they brought in one of the FBI crime profilers lately to this case? One that can tell so many things about how the victim was left, and etc.? She was such a beautiful child in those photos. God bless you, Maria. You are in my prayers, along with prayers for your family.

PGW
07-22-2011, 04:24 PM
Great article, Joe, thanks for posting it. I just read it. Really feel for everybody involved, but especially the Ridulphs.

Quad
07-24-2011, 09:16 PM
a few quick thoughts... i bet the doll was moved by someone who didnt think it was important. And I believe that Kathy Sigman Chapman is very credible. And I also believe that they have the right guy. It all fits...

Quad
07-24-2011, 09:17 PM
also... there is no dna to test

Quad
07-24-2011, 09:19 PM
he went by Johnny.. He is in the local yearbooks as J. Tessier. Ive seen them

Quad
07-24-2011, 09:20 PM
But ive also read he was known in the neighborhood as Johnny

Winward1
07-27-2011, 11:11 AM
An unexpected development:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-body-of-sycamore-girl-slain-53-years-ago-exhumed-20110727,0,11795.story

Winward1
07-27-2011, 01:45 PM
Sun-Times' version:

http://www.suntimes.com/6731450-417/body-of-sycamore-girl-killed-in-1957-exhumed.html

JoeFromLB
07-27-2011, 05:29 PM
Sun-Times' version:

http://www.suntimes.com/6731450-417/body-of-sycamore-girl-killed-in-1957-exhumed.html

from your link:
"McCullough said he himself, called the FBI in roughly 2008 to report that a dream prompted his recollection of another boy who lived in the neighborhood and fit the suspect’s description."

Now why would he call the police on his own, 51 years later, to offer help? Did he know in 2008 that they were looking into this again?

Winward1
07-27-2011, 06:01 PM
McCullough arrived back in IL today.

Quad
07-27-2011, 06:10 PM
Yes, lots of developments today... Tessier/McCullough has just arrived, he is now in the Dekalb Jail. Maria's body is currently being examined

Quad
07-27-2011, 06:12 PM
my guess... he called the cops about the dream because he was aware that they had reopened the case.... he was trying to deflect... instead, he points a big red arrow right at himself

Winward1
07-27-2011, 06:39 PM
Good guess. I wonder how he knew, if he did know.

TallCoolOne
07-27-2011, 07:44 PM
Good guess. I wonder how he knew, if he did know.I wonder if that was at the time they were also questioning friends and family members and perhaps someone tipped him off that they were asking questions?

Winward1
07-27-2011, 08:26 PM
Likely so.

Kaybug
07-28-2011, 04:16 AM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Seattle man accused of killing a young Chicago-area girl five decades ago was back in Illinois on Wednesday as investigators exhumed the child's remains in search of forensic evidence to help convict him.

http://news.yahoo.com/seattle-man-accused-1957-murder-back-illinois-011150328.html

Winward1
07-28-2011, 04:06 PM
In court today:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-arraignment-today-for-suspect-in-girls-1957-slaying-20110728,0,2816927.story

Winward1
07-31-2011, 02:56 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-mug-photogallery,0,5488047.photogallery

PGW
08-05-2011, 12:39 AM
Yes, but I had been told another boy in the neighboood was suspected by another person from Sycamore back then. But lately I watched a court appearance by this guy, and I'm back to thinking he's guillty. I need to forget about it. Had something else to say but changed my mind.

Kat
08-06-2011, 09:01 PM
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/06/maria-ridulph-alleged-killer-arrested-how-cops-finally-found-jack-mccullough.html

Child-Murder Arrest After 53 Years

Maria Ridulph's abduction shattered America's sleepy, suburban 1950s fairy tale. Winston Ross on the incredible story of how the alleged killer—18 then, 71 now—was finally caught.

Aug 6, 2011 10:50 AM EDT
Winston Ross

3 page article.

Winward1
08-08-2011, 09:01 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-suspect-in-57-slaying-back-in-court-today-20110808,0,2824469.story

PGW
08-15-2011, 11:33 PM
Never heard about the attics before. Were these houses near his, or scattered throughout Sycamore? God bless Maria and keep her family safe and strong through this. I love you, Ridulph family.

PGW
08-15-2011, 11:35 PM
Anyone know the name of the girlfriend when she lived in Sycamore?

PGW
08-15-2011, 11:38 PM
Are the recent documents online concerning the areas of Sycamore where the girls were abused? Did he have friends where he visited and stayed, in other parts of Sycamore?

PGW
08-15-2011, 11:41 PM
Wasn't there a tavern in downtown Sycamore during that time period? Doesn't have anything to do with the case, but just curious.

PGW
08-17-2011, 07:14 PM
I think I'm confusing Dekalb with Sycamore.

PGW
08-25-2011, 08:57 PM
How young were some of the molestation victims in Sycamore? What were the age ranges?

PGW
08-25-2011, 09:16 PM
If I had bothered to re-read the thread I would have had several answers to these questions. I apologize for that. Now, I have viewed the photo of him from 1957 yearbook that was with article about the friend of his mother's. I don't see how, given his age, the person from Sycamore who I knew who said they knew him from school, or wherever, could have actually known him. They would not have been in school at the same time. I hope DNA brings in answers.

Winward1
08-29-2011, 05:13 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-arraignment-date-set-for-man-charged-in-1957-murder-20110829,0,5945344.story

LMax
10-03-2011, 05:48 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/02/suspect-in-157-illinois-killing-now-charged-with-rape/?test=latestnews

SYCAMORE, Ill. – A 71-year-old Washington man accused in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl has been charged in a separate case with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl from the same small town.

Darkwingbird
10-03-2011, 04:58 PM
I have read that he was stationed in California while in the Army. Does anyone know where he was stationed while in the Air Force? I believe it is possible he was involved with a very similar kidnapping/rape/murder in my hometown in 1960.

MizStery
01-09-2012, 04:03 AM
My dad was recruited to work at Seattle Boeing in 1957. I was eight and had lived in Chicago all my life. My mom could walk to work at the downtown Sears near State Street. When I read this story in the Seattle paper late last year ....I felt by the grace of god a predator like "Johnnie" could have abducted me. I want justice for the entire Riduph family. This tragedy is haunting I do not think any one can read about Maria's disappearance and not be sick to their stomach.

Kat
04-12-2012, 08:25 PM
http://abcnews.go.com/US/man-acquitted-50-year-rape-case/story?id=16124382

Illinois Man Acquitted In 50 Year Old Rape Case, Faces Murder Charge


A man who was accused of raping his half-sister 50 years ago was found not guilty today by a judge in DeKalb County, Ill., who said prosecutors "failed to meet their burden."

The sexual abuse allegation against Jack McCullough, 72, was revealed when police contacted his half-sister during a cold case investigation into the 1957 murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph. McCullough has pleaded not guilty in that case and will be tried at a later date.

Video at link (you have to watch a short video it will reload and then show the second one---at least it did for me).

LE is working to see if the following cases are connected:
1. Andre'Anna Jackson
2. Kimberly DeLange
3. Misty Copesy
4. Teekah Lewis
5. Michella Welch
6. Jennifer Bastian
7. Anna Lee Chebetnoy (body located)
8. Shannon Pease (body located)

(Please excuse any misspellings of the above girls names, I was transcribing from video)

Kat
04-12-2012, 08:36 PM
Here are threads I found for girls listed above:

1. Found Deceased WA - Adreanna Jackson, 10, Lakewood, 2005 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community Andre'Anna Jackson

2. None found for Kimberly DeLange (sometimes tags aren't on threads so it might be here and I just can't find it)

3. WA WA - Misty Copsey, 14, Tacoma, 17 Sept 1992 - Page 2 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community Misty Copesy

4. WA WA - Teekah Lewis, 2, Tacoma, 23 Jan 1999 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community Teekah Lewis

5. Michella Welch---didn't find one, doesn't mean it is not here.

6. Tacoma WA- Cold Case- murders of two girls related?? - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community Jennifer Bastian
mentioned here in this thread.

7. Anna Lee Chebetnoy (dont' see an individual thread for her)

8. Shannon Pease (don't see an individual thread for her)

mysteriew
04-14-2012, 11:36 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/02/suspect-in-157-illinois-killing-now-charged-with-rape/?test=latestnews

SYCAMORE, Ill. – A 71-year-old Washington man accused in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl has been charged in a separate case with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl from the same small town.

A man who was accused of raping his half-sister 50 years ago was found not guilty Thursday by a judge in DeKalb County, Ill., who said prosecutors "failed to meet their burden."

The sexual abuse allegation against Jack McCullough, 72, was revealed when police contacted his half-sister during a cold case investigation into the 1957 murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph. McCullough has pleaded not guilty in that case and will be tried at a later date.
http://www.670kboi.com/rssItem.asp?feedid=118&itemid=29830813

JoeFromLB
06-27-2012, 04:56 PM
Maria Ridulph’s remains to be returned to her family

http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2012/06/20/ridulphs-remains-to-be-returned-to-her-family/ah6x5je/

Jack McCullough is awaiting trial for her 1957 murder. He will be in court again tomorrow. He is being held on $3 million bond.

JoeFromLB
07-07-2012, 05:12 PM
September trial set in Sycamore girl Maria Ridulph's 1957 murder

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8718200

June 28, 2012

At a status hearing Thursday, a judge set a Sept. 10 trial date.

The (Dekalb) Daily Chronicle reports that McCullough appeared via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County jail. Another status hearing was set for July 11.

MizStery
07-08-2012, 06:31 PM
Here are threads I found for girls listed above:

1. Found Deceased WA - Adreanna Jackson, 10, Lakewood, 2005 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33075) Andre'Anna Jackson

2. None found for Kimberly DeLange (sometimes tags aren't on threads so it might be here and I just can't find it)

3. WA WA - Misty Copsey, 14, Tacoma, 17 Sept 1992 - Page 2 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?p=7738025) Misty Copesy

4. WA WA -
Teekah Lewis, 2, Tacoma, 23 Jan 1999 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=38987) Teekah Lewis

5. Michella Welch---didn't find one, doesn't mean it is not here.

6. Tacoma WA- Cold Case- murders of two girls related?? - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77901) Jennifer Bastian
mentioned here in this thread.

7. Anna Lee Chebetnoy (dont' see an individual thread for her)

8. Shannon Pease (don't see an individual thread for her)


Thank- you for the links! I cannot wait for his day of judgement.

Everyday I check the 'Daily Chronicle' link to check on trial updays on Jack Mucullogh.

Here is the link
http:// www.daily-chronicle.com/searchresults/index.xml?query=Jack+McCullough+&engine=internal&sort=publdate&type=and

MizStery
07-09-2012, 12:34 AM
Thank- you for the links! I cannot wait for his day of judgement.

Everyday I check the 'Daily Chronicle' link to check on trial updays on Jack Mucullogh.

Here is the link
http:// www.daily-chronicle.com/searchresults/index.xml?query=Jack+McCullough+&engine=internal&sort=publdate&type=and

My link (above)did not work,I tested the link below it should work
http://www.daily-chronicle.com/searchresults/index.xml?query=Jack+McCullough+&engine=internal&sort=publdate&type=and

Cubby
08-20-2012, 07:40 AM
A Washington state man charged in the slaying of an Illinois girl more than 50 years ago must disclose his alibi at a hearing on Tuesday, a judge said.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-man-charged-in-1957-slaying-must-disclose-alibi-20120819,0,3442712.story

Winward1
09-09-2012, 09:59 PM
Justice descends, starting tomorrow:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-sycamore-trial-20120910,0,6545641.story

Cubby
09-09-2012, 11:05 PM
Trial begins for man accused of 1957 slaying of Sycamore girl, 7
Former cop Jack McCullough, 17 at the time, is charged in death of 7-year-old Sycamore girl.


The murder trial, a bench trial before Judge James Hallock, is likely to last three or four days, Campbell said this week.

One key witness will be Chapman, now a grandmother. Two of McCullough's other sisters are expected to take the witness stand and describe a 1994 conversation with their dying mother, in which she reportedly implicated their brother in Maria's disappearance, according to court records.

McCullough's defense team, interim Public Defender Thomas McCulloch and Assistant Public Defender Robert Carlson, lost a bid to admit old police and telephone records aimed at establishing their client's Rockford alibi. The judge ruled those records were not legally admissible and the FBI agents who created them are dead.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-sycamore-trial-20120910,0,6545641.story

Cubby
09-10-2012, 02:22 PM
Ridulph's older brother emotional on stand in McCullough trial


During opening arguments, State's Attorney Clay Campbell said McCullough didn't join the search for Maria, when every man in town took part in looking for the little girl. Maria's remains were found in a wooded area of Jo Daviess County; she was wearing only an open shirt and socks. An exhaustive examination of her remains determined she was stabbed in the throat at least three times, Campbell said.

One of McCullough's attorneys, Robert Carlson with the public defender's office, said the state has no eyewitnesses to Maria's abduction, no murder weapon and no DNA evidence linking McCullough to the incident.

Prosecutors also filed two motions this morning, seeking a gag order so that the identity of an informant would not be released, and asking the judge to allow the informant to testify as a John Doe witness.

http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2012/09/10/ridulphs-older-brother-emotional-on-stand-in-mccullough-trial/a9swa9e/?page=1

Cubby
09-10-2012, 08:05 PM
It was only last year that a former neighbor and one-time police officer, Jack Daniel McCullough, was charged with kidnapping and murdering the brown-eyed youngster. His trial — nearly 55 years after Maria was slain — is believed to be one of the oldest murder prosecutions ever attempted, authorities have said.

A key witness will be Sigman, who is expected to testify she still recognizes the now-72-year-old McCullough as the man she saw with her friend on the night Maria vanished. “The defendant thought he could get away with it,” State’s Attorney Clay Campbell said of the killing. “What he couldn’t count on was that Kathy Sigman could never forget his face.”

http://www.websleuths.com/forums/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=8349888

Cubby
09-10-2012, 08:15 PM
The victim:


http://i53.tinypic.com/25fov7o.jpg

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=maria+ridulph&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1024&bih=571&tbm=isch&prmd=imvnsuo&tbnid=RkM_1OPns6Yo1M:&imgrefurl=http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2743058/posts&docid=xsocivVXhbGrpM&imgurl=http://i53.tinypic.com/25fov7o.jpg&w=308&h=440&ei=FIFOUJbaF-OA2wXbu4DYBw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=200&vpy=2&dur=1516&hovh=268&hovw=188&tx=138&ty=229&sig=108254915798948068677&page=1&tbnh=116&tbnw=86&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:7,s:0,i:97

marycarney
09-10-2012, 08:47 PM
Thanks for keeping up with this case Cubbie. It's so wonderful that he is being brought to justice. Finally.

Claudette
09-10-2012, 09:29 PM
I hope he gets convicted. Even if for some reason he doesn't I'm glad that her family and friends got the closure that so many don't get to have.

Cubby
09-10-2012, 11:33 PM
Witnesses remember anxious night when Maria Ridulph went missing

Well worth the read. I'd snip all of it if it weren't for copyright.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-mccullough-trial-0910-20120911,0,6628245.story

A friend of the defendents girlfriend describes how 'Johnny' was supposed to pick them up the night of Maria's disappearance, but never showed.

Also from the above link:

Detective Irene Lau said that when officers asked McCullough what he recalled of the girl, he said Maria was "stunningly beautiful," and "lovely, lovely, lovely." But he vehemently denied any role in her death, Lau said.

Reading the defendents comments are like a kick in the gut. Prayers for the Ridulph family and those who knew Maria.

...and praying for justice. :please:

Cubby
09-11-2012, 02:53 PM
Friend recalls moments before Ridulph's disappearance

Sigman, 62, of St. Charles, said the following months were filled with daily contact with the police and FBI, she said, as she saw "thousands" of photographs and "probably 100" lineups in an effort to identify Johnny.

It was not until she was approached by Illinois State Police almost 53 years later, on Sept. 9, 2010, that Sigman was able to identify a picture of McCullough as the man she saw that day.


Defense attorneys questioned Sigman about what she could remember of "Johnny" from that night, asking about boots, belts and other details Sigman said she could not recall.

They also asked her what she focused on when she met the man on Dec. 3 and she stressed she was focused on his face, not his boots or belt.

Katheran Caulfield, the half-sister of McCullough, also took the stand Tuesday and said her mother told authorities the day after Ridulph's disappearance that McCullough had been at home in Sycamore on Dec. 3.

http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2012/09/11/friend-recalls-moments-before-ridulphs-disappearance/am5sxjg/?page=1

Cubby
09-12-2012, 03:01 PM
SYCAMORE – A forensic anthropologist testified this morning that three deep cuts to bones of Maria Ridulph's throat and chest area looked to have been made by a knife blade.

<snip>

Latham acknowledged that it is possible the cut marks were made during the original autopsy of Maria's remains, but their location doesn't match what's noted in that report.

The state's first witness of the day, Christopher Diaz, is an inmate at the DeKalb County Jail who wrote prosecutors a letter regarding conversations he overheard in the jail. He testified that between Sept. 1-3, he heard McCullough telling another inmate – who is scheduled to testify as a John Doe witness – details regarding the case and Maria's death, including how he strangled her with a wire.

Diaz, whose testimony was at one point interrupted by a fire alarm going off in the courthouse, said he heard McCullough say the state offered him a deal in the case, "and he specifically said, '(Expletive) that.'"

http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2012/09/12/latham-ridulphs-bones-show-three-deep-cut-marks/aadiqja/?page=1

Cubby
09-12-2012, 03:05 PM
I don't know what to think about the prison inmate witnesses who allegedly discussed or overheard a conversation(s) regarding this case. My first question is why would McCullough discuss any of this with any inmates. I hope the state presents some good evidence as to why this testimony is credible. I hope we see why they should be considered credible in the media.

Cubby
09-12-2012, 06:37 PM
The following is from yesterday, I missed it earlier.

McCullough’s half-sister says their mom implicated him in 1994


SYCAMORE – Eileen Tessier was weeks from her death in January 1994 when her daughter, Janet Tessier, said Eileen told her a terrible secret from her hospital bed. It was about Jack McCullough, Eileen’s son and Janet’s half-brother.
“She grabbed my wrist and said, ‘Those two little girls, the one that disappeared, John did it,’ ” Janet Tessier testified in DeKalb County court Tuesday. “ ‘You’ve got to tell somebody.’ ”

http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2012/09/11/mcculloughs-half-sister-says-their-mom-implicated-him-in-1994/ati7gzb/



'John did it, John did it – and you have to tell someone': Mother named her OWN SON as killer of seven-year-old Pretty Maria in deathbed confession.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2202007/Mother-named-OWN-SON-killer-seven-year-old-Pretty-Maria-deathbed-confession.html

Cubby
09-13-2012, 12:25 AM
Inmate says Sycamore slaying suspect talked of killing girl

There are a few different versions of what McCullough allegedly described in a conversation or conversations with the 'john doe' witness. Followed by:

McCullough, the man said, liked to talk and would get "amped up" when discussing the crime.
"It was like he couldn't stop himself," the prisoner said. "He would keep going and going."

Additionally, one of the investigators who traveled with McCullough on his return trip to Illinois had the following to say:

Ciesynski said he and McCullough shared a booth at a restaurant on the drive from O'Hare International Airport to Sycamore. Over a double cheeseburger and a glass of milk, McCullough spoke of how he only needed to convince one juror to create reasonable doubt, the detective said.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-mccullough-trial-0913-20120913,0,725409.story

And McCullough allegedly had last seen Maria in 1955, two years prior to her disappearance and murder.

McCullough strikes me as not truthful. He lives a few doors from the Ridulph home and doesn't see a neighbor child who plays outside often? BS.

Oh, and reasonable doubt doesn't mean anything in this case. It's a bench trial.

Cubby
09-13-2012, 04:57 PM
Defense rests case in 1957 Illinois murder trial

http://www.dailyastorian.com/news/northwest/defense-rests-case-in-illinois-murder-trial/article_3145ed8f-129c-5bb6-8a96-f53820cdf974.html


Too short of an article for any snippets. Closing arguments and a possible ruling by the judge tomorrow/Friday.

Betty P
09-14-2012, 10:21 AM
Closings Set in Trial of Man in Girl's 1957 Death

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/trial-1957-school-girls-murder-nears-end-17231908

Betty P
09-14-2012, 12:54 PM
Wow, the jury acted quickly on that decision!

http://www.suntimes.com/15143191-761/55-years-later-mccullough-found-guilty-of-killing-7-year-old.html

Hope this brings some level of peace to the family members and leads to investigation of other crimes this man may have perpetrated against children and women.

Another article from NBC Chicago

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/McCullough-Guilty-1957-Sycamore-Murder-169783286.html

ETA: Correction, it was a bench trial, so no jury was involved. That explains the quick verdict.

Cubby
09-14-2012, 03:45 PM
Former neighbor guilty of killing girl, 7, in 1957


Almost 55 years later, Justice for Maria! :woohoo:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-mccullough-guilty-of-killing-girl-7-in-1957-20120914,0,2995426.story


Thank you, God!
Thank you, to all those who testified and came forward this many years later doing the right thing.

This should be a message to ALL murdering perps, just because time goes by doesn't mean you got away with it.


Now let's pray a conviction in a half century old case causes others to file charges and move towards conviction in other decades old cases. :please:


Sleep peacefully, Maria. The POS who did this to you will never hurt anyone again. Prayers said for Maria's family and friends.

scriptgirl
09-14-2012, 04:33 PM
My question is this-how many other girls did he kill? Where else has he lived in the US? Also, his half sister said he raped her? where is that mentioned in this thread?

Cubby
09-14-2012, 04:49 PM
He was acquitted of molesting/raping his half sister. I didn't add the info to this thread since this thread is set up for Maria's case. From memory, the judge that heard the molestation/rape case recused him or herself from the murder case and a Kane County judge overhead the murder case. He was acquitted of the charges in the rape/molestation case. Judge stated the prosecution did not meet their burden of proof.

There is some discussion on possible cases Johnny/Jack may be tied to a few pages back.

Hopefully now that he is a convicted murderer his DNA will go into CODIS and possibly tie him to some other unsolved crimes.

PFF
09-14-2012, 08:26 PM
Link of Interest to end of 1957 cold case
http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/1957-illinois-cold-case-trial-17212583

STANDREID
09-14-2012, 09:06 PM
I wonder how many years this guy will serve now that he's been convicted at the age of 72. He also dodged what would have been a potential death penalty at the time.

Betty P
09-15-2012, 12:36 AM
This conviction sends such an inspiring message to families and friends of victims of cold case murders.

Cubby
09-15-2012, 01:14 AM
The thread for this case is here:

IL IL - Maria Ridulph, 7, Sycamore, 3 Dec 1957 *ARREST!* - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

yorick
09-15-2012, 07:53 AM
Like Betty above me said, this is inspiring.

It gives me a lot of hope for all these cases we see on here, where justice never seems to come quick enough for these innocents weeping from their graves.

Cubby
09-15-2012, 02:56 PM
DeKalb County State’s Attorney Clay Campbell said after the verdict that he wouldn’t speculate on sentencing at this point, but said McCullough can choose whether to be sentenced under 1957 or current-day statutes.


As for the testimony from jail inmates Christopher Diaz, Kirk Swaggerty and an anonymous John Doe witness, she said McCullough chose those witnesses, not the state.

“Crimes conceived in hell don’t have angels as witnesses,” Trevarthen said.

For their testimony to be false, she added, the three would have to have telepathy to share some of the same details because all three men were never together.


http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2012/09/14/mccullough-found-guilty-judge-says-states-witnesses-credible/an4x0rv/?page=3

summer_breeze
11-29-2012, 09:10 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-mccullough-sentencing-20121130,0,4402542.story

By Clifford Ward, Special to the Tribune
November 30, 2012


Defense attorneys request more time to prepare for punishment debate

Cubby
12-10-2012, 09:27 AM
73-year-old faces sentencing Monday for murdering girl in 1957

His sentencing Monday for the 1957 murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph will send a powerful message that no killing is ever too old to solve.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/16867295-418/sentencing-in-7-year-old-1957-killing-raises-questions-on-delayed-prosecution.html

Winward1
12-10-2012, 11:34 AM
“It’s going to give hope to people who are looking for conclusions in old cases,” said Charles Ridulph, Maria’s older brother. “I think people will stop and look at old cases in a new light.”

Let's hope so. I think I read this is the oldest solved cold case in state history.

wfgodot
12-10-2012, 01:37 PM
.....

The Associated Press ‏@AP
BREAKING: Judge sentences Washington man to life in prison for 1957 slaying of 7-year-old Illinois girl.

Cubby
12-10-2012, 02:02 PM
A man found guilty of murdering a 7-year-old in Sycamore in 1957 was sentenced to natural life in prison this morning in DeKalb County Court..

McCullough remained defiant today, making a 15-minute statement in which he denied committing the murder.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-mccullough-sentencing-1957-maria-ridulph-slaying-on-monday-20121209,0,2539445.story

Winward1
12-10-2012, 04:04 PM
http://www.suntimes.com/16929580-761/jack-mccullough-sentenced-to-life-for-1957-murder-of-7-year-old.html

Quad
12-10-2012, 05:51 PM
I was at the trial as well As the sentencing today. Justice has been served. It gives me hope that other very old cases can be solved

MrsDarcy
12-10-2012, 07:35 PM
I had to come here as soon as I saw the article. I'm so happy that he was found and punished. Hopefully Maria's loved ones can find peace.

belimom
03-09-2013, 12:23 AM
Teen's diary offers account of sister's 1957 disappearance, murder


On Dec. 3, 1957, Kay Ridulph's 7-year-old sister, Maria, was kidnapped by a mysterious stranger known as "Johnny" in Sycamore, Ill. Kay, who was 15 at the time, wrote about the search for Maria in her diary, offering an in-the-moment account of the investigation:


December 3rd, 1957, Tuesday. When I came home at 7:30 I was informed that Maria was kidnapped. It didn't really hit me until we found her doll by the garage. The whole town formed a searching party which continued throughout the whole night...


....(Erin) Moriarty goes inside the investigation of what authorities say is the oldest cold case ever prosecuted in the U.S. in "Cold as Ice," airing Saturday March 9 at 10/9c on CBS.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18559_162-57573143/teens-diary-offers-account-of-sisters-1957-disappearance-murder/

KarenUK
03-09-2013, 06:22 AM
Great news!
So sad that her sister didn't live to see the conclusion of the trial though

Cubby
03-09-2013, 12:56 PM
Thank you, belimom! I am going to carry this over to the breaking news today area/thread. There is a thread up there for crime shows to watch today.

Very sad to read Maria's sister Kay passed away before the verdict and sentencing.


ETA: Link to the post up in the Breaking news today area of WS

Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community - View Single Post - *Crime-related TV shows to watch TODAY!*

Cubby
03-09-2013, 07:32 PM
:bump:

Claudette
03-09-2013, 07:42 PM
Is LE looking into this guy being an SK at all? I would find it hard to believe that if someone does something this evil, enjoys it and actually gets away with it (at least that's probably how he felt about it since he was pretty much free his whole life) that they don't repeat.

Cubby
03-09-2013, 08:12 PM
Teen's diary offers account of sister's 1957 disappearance, murder


On Dec. 3, 1957, Kay Ridulph's 7-year-old sister, Maria, was kidnapped by a mysterious stranger known as "Johnny" in Sycamore, Ill. Kay, who was 15 at the time, wrote about the search for Maria in her diary, offering an in-the-moment account of the investigation:

December 3rd, 1957, Tuesday. When I came home at 7:30 I was informed that Maria was kidnapped. It didn't really hit me until we found her doll by the garage. The whole town formed a searching party which continued throughout the whole night...

....(Erin) Moriarty goes inside the investigation of what authorities say is the oldest cold case ever prosecuted in the U.S. in "Cold as Ice," airing Saturday March 9 at 10/9c on CBS.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18559_162-57573143/teens-diary-offers-account-of-sisters-1957-disappearance-murder/



Carrying this over to the new page. I didn't realize when I bumped the thread it bumped to a new thread. I want the TV show info to stay current.

Cubby
03-09-2013, 08:20 PM
http://www.idoc.state.il.us/subsections/search/pub_showfront.asp?idoc=M33566http://www.idoc.state.il.us/subsections/search/pub_showside.asp?idoc=M33566

https://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/Offender/Pages/InmateSearch.aspx

LaborDayRN
03-09-2013, 09:35 PM
Is LE looking into this guy being an SK at all? I would find it hard to believe that if someone does something this evil, enjoys it and actually gets away with it (at least that's probably how he felt about it since he was pretty much free his whole life) that they don't repeat.

Claudette, I agree with you. Think of all the unsolved cases we have! I sure hope LE is looking into ALL the places he has lived and worked.

EmmaliLucia
03-09-2013, 09:44 PM
So here's my list of young girls who disappeared or were murdered. I made sure that they were either young enough or looked young enough to fit into his profile (From one of the news articles it said that he went for a 14 year-old), I tried to weed out the ones that I am certain were done by someone else (Kase Ann Lee, for example, I wanted to add her to this list, but due to her circumstances, I'm positive Gary Ridgway had to do with her disappearance)


The one that caught my attention the most was Chalista Lewis.
WA WA - Chalisa Lewis, 14, unsolved murder in Bremerton, Feb 1995 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community


Rima Danette Traxler
WA WA - Rima Danette Traxler, 8, Longview, 15 May 1985 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community


Michella Welch and Jennifer Bastian
WA WA - Murder of Jennifer Bastian and Michella Welch connected? Tacoma, 1986 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community


Angela Meeker Who has already been mentioned
WA WA - Angela Mae Meeker, 13, Tacoma, 7 July 1979 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community


Kristie Lynn Vorak I always thought it was weird that Gary Ridgway would've gotten her, she was far too young, and wasn't really doing much of anything. I was always under the impression that Gary wouldn't go after someone unless they put themselves there (IE, picking up hitch hikers but wouldn't offer them rides if they hadn't asked)
WA WA - Kristi Lynn Vorak, 13, Tacoma, 31 Oct 1982 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community


Misty Copsey
WA WA - Misty Copsey, 14, Tacoma, 17 Sept 1992 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community


Lenoria E. Jones Might be a little -too- young. Also she's African American.
WA WA - Lenoria E. Jones, 3, Tacoma, 20 July 1995 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community


Erin Michelle Macgregor Might be too old
WA WA - Erin Michelle Macgregor, 18, Redmond, 19 Sept 1990 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community

Claudette
03-09-2013, 09:47 PM
Nice work. I'm going to look for some in the 60s, I would image if he ended up being a SK that this would be his most active decade - MOO of course.

EmmaliLucia
03-09-2013, 09:58 PM
Nice work. I'm going to look for some in the 60s, I would image if he ended up being a SK that this would be his most active decade - MOO of course.

Thank you.

I didn't know what state to look in for the sixties. Maybe it says in one of the news articles? I know that he lived in Tacoma since at least 1977, but I didn't know if he had lived there before then..

Claudette
03-09-2013, 09:58 PM
I couldn't find when he moved to WA but this one sticks out if he lived in the area.

Ann Burr - 8 - Tacoma - disappeared over night from her bedroom, seems like a stranger abduction off the bat but might need to do some more research.

https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/4593/1/

belimom
03-09-2013, 10:44 PM
Teen's diary offers account of sister's 1957 disappearance, murder


On Dec. 3, 1957, Kay Ridulph's 7-year-old sister, Maria, was kidnapped by a mysterious stranger known as "Johnny" in Sycamore, Ill. Kay, who was 15 at the time, wrote about the search for Maria in her diary, offering an in-the-moment account of the investigation:


December 3rd, 1957, Tuesday. When I came home at 7:30 I was informed that Maria was kidnapped. It didn't really hit me until we found her doll by the garage. The whole town formed a searching party which continued throughout the whole night...


....(Erin) Moriarty goes inside the investigation of what authorities say is the oldest cold case ever prosecuted in the U.S. in "Cold as Ice," airing Saturday March 9 at 10/9c on CBS.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18559_162-57573143/teens-diary-offers-account-of-sisters-1957-disappearance-murder/

Sorry to quote my own post, but if someone watches it, can you do a summary here? We don't have cable. I could probably pick it up with the antenna, but I'm putting my kids down (I know, it's late...). Thanks!

LaborDayRN
03-09-2013, 10:53 PM
So here's my list of young girls who disappeared or were murdered. I made sure that they were either young enough or looked young enough to fit into his profile (From one of the news articles it said that he went for a 14 year-old), I tried to weed out the ones that I am certain were done by someone else (Kase Ann Lee, for example, I wanted to add her to this list, but due to her circumstances, I'm positive Gary Ridgway had to do with her disappearance)


The one that caught my attention the most was Chalista Lewis.
WA WA - Chalisa Lewis, 14, unsolved murder in Bremerton, Feb 1995 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57844)


Rima Danette Traxler
WA WA - Rima Danette Traxler, 8, Longview, 15 May 1985 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48885)


Michella Welch and Jennifer Bastian
WA WA - Murder of Jennifer Bastian and Michella Welch connected? Tacoma, 1986 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77901)


Angela Meeker Who has already been mentioned
WA WA - Angela Mae Meeker, 13, Tacoma, 7 July 1979 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=87607)


Kristie Lynn Vorak I always thought it was weird that Gary Ridgway would've gotten her, she was far too young, and wasn't really doing much of anything. I was always under the impression that Gary wouldn't go after someone unless they put themselves there (IE, picking up hitch hikers but wouldn't offer them rides if they hadn't asked)
WA WA - Kristi Lynn Vorak, 13, Tacoma, 31 Oct 1982 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=129577)


Misty Copsey
WA WA - Misty Copsey, 14, Tacoma, 17 Sept 1992 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=84351)


Lenoria E. Jones Might be a little -too- young. Also she's African American.
WA WA - Lenoria E. Jones, 3, Tacoma, 20 July 1995 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64992)


Erin Michelle Macgregor Might be too old
WA WA - Erin Michelle Macgregor, 18, Redmond, 19 Sept 1990 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community (http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=113991)

I'm coming in late to the case. Do we know what he did for a living? Did he travel for work?

Claudette
03-09-2013, 11:22 PM
I'm sold that he was a SK by this:

"And they interviewed McCullough’s ex-wife, who said she married him after a three-month courtship. Not long afterward, he became emotionally abusive, she told police. McCullough ran his own photography business at that point, “though he seemed to make no money doing so,” according to the affidavit. “She said that he would frequently have what she described as ‘prostitutes’ come over to the house for photography. She said that he would frequently take nude photos of them.”"

Wonder if any of these ladies went missing, that photography thing is such a ruse for so many SKs. Not to mention the abusive behavior and the hiring of prostitutes. Not everyone that does this is a SK but they are all red flags for someone who had already killed an 8 year old.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/06/maria-ridulph-alleged-killer-arrested-how-cops-finally-found-jack-mccullough.html

ETA: Oh! And found this on the next page "The ex-wife also said McCullough had once made sexually suggestive comments with a banana to her 11-year-old daughter from a previous marriage."

Claudette
03-09-2013, 11:42 PM
Thank you.

I didn't know what state to look in for the sixties. Maybe it says in one of the news articles? I know that he lived in Tacoma since at least 1977, but I didn't know if he had lived there before then..

I'm trying to find a timeline to no avail...

Claudette
03-09-2013, 11:56 PM
We also can't forget his name changed. It was originally John Tessier.

EmmaliLucia
03-10-2013, 03:04 AM
Just watched 48 hours.

I was a bit disappointed. They talked about exhuming her body but they said they didn't didn't find any evidence on the body (They figured out a cause of death! How is that not evidence?)

Rizzy
03-10-2013, 05:50 AM
ACandyRose has a great timeline with lots of information on Maria's case here ...

Maria E. Ridulph Timeline - Never Give Up!
(March 12, 1950 - December 3, 1957)
Sycamore, Illinois, De Kalb County

http://www.acandyrose.com/maria_ridulph_timeline.htm

belimom
03-10-2013, 11:50 AM
I'm about halfway through the Cold As Ice airing from last night --- it's online if you missed it.

My thought so far (before I forget): One sister said the mom had covered for the brother before. My first thought is about the other children/people who were victim of him in later years. While it may be hard to turn in your own child, think of the others whose lives or sanity you may be saving?

belimom
03-10-2013, 12:35 PM
I'm about halfway through the Cold As Ice airing from last night --- it's online if you missed it.

My thought so far (before I forget): One sister said the mom had covered for the brother before. My first thought is about the other children/people who were victim of him in later years. While it may be hard to turn in your own child, think of the others whose lives or sanity you may be saving?

Okay, I've finished the entire episode (thank you, CBS, for posting it online!).

- the bit about the mother: my heart breaks for her but more for those other children/people who were harmed later (including the gang rape of his sister)
- bless that family for coming forward and being willing to be in the spotlight
- I feel for Jean, having a detective go forward with a rape case without her consent, specifically when he had promised he would not pursue it without her specific consent
- I believe they have the right guy. I believe unequivocally that he did it.

KarenUK
03-10-2013, 01:06 PM
ACandyRose has a great timeline with lots of information on Maria's case here ...

Maria E. Ridulph Timeline - Never Give Up!
(March 12, 1950 - December 3, 1957)
Sycamore, Illinois, De Kalb County

http://www.acandyrose.com/maria_ridulph_timeline.htm

God bless acandyrose!

Kat
08-11-2013, 12:17 AM
http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/08/us/oldest-cold-case/?hpt=hp_c2

CatFancier
08-12-2013, 02:38 PM
http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/08/us/oldest-cold-case/?hpt=hp_t1

Kat, didn't take the time to open your link to see if it matches mine. Wasn't that an amazing overview of the case? Very well-written and you can really see it from all sides. Kudos to CNN!

ScarlettScarpetta
08-30-2013, 08:37 PM
I am watching it on 48 hours now.. Wow.. Just wow..

leilarose68
11-06-2013, 01:00 AM
I'm about halfway through the Cold As Ice airing from last night --- it's online if you missed it.

My thought so far (before I forget): One sister said the mom had covered for the brother before. My first thought is about the other children/people who were victim of him in later years. While it may be hard to turn in your own child, think of the others whose lives or sanity you may be saving?

Tragically, it seems like one of those situations where the mother was being abused and so was kind of mentally trapped. Her husband was sexually abusing her daughter (and to be honest, I wouldn't be shocked if mccullough were abused by his father as well, which could have triggered his psychopathy). If the father was sexually abusing his daughter (and perhaps other children) I can only imagine what he was doing to his wife.
agghhh this story is just so incredibly awful. there's no chance of him ever getting out, right? I'm positively convinced it was him but there wasn't that much evidence and his brainwashed daughter is determined to get him out.

Gahhh just watching him... he reminds me of so many other psychopaths I've watched interviews of. Just totally cold, dead in the eyes, alternately creepily cloying + clearly trying to be grandpa-ish and soft-spoken, and in a flash, full of quiet evil rage and need to completely dominate and sear through the interviewer. And the way he talks about Maria... there has never been a guiltier man in my eyes. I would not be surprised if he raped and murdered many more.

Tulessa
11-07-2013, 11:55 AM
I am watching it on 48 hours now.. Wow.. Just wow..

Agree. I just started watching the video. :banghead:

singers
12-20-2013, 09:09 AM
This to me is the strangest thing...

(Excerpt): "(REDACTED) was re-interviewed in 2010. Detectives discussed John's use of her as an alibi for his whereabouts. Detectives asked her about a photograph of her and John that was contemporaneous to this crime. She told them that she had one, and retrieved a photo in a frame. When she pulled the photo out, she discovered an unused train ticket from Rockford to Chicago that John had given her from the date of this crime.)"

Why
1. keep a framed photo of a teenaged boyfriend for this many years?
2. why did she put the train ticket in it?

Did he give her the ticket? It's just weird.

ellemo
12-30-2013, 02:39 AM
This to me is the strangest thing...

(Excerpt): "(REDACTED) was re-interviewed in 2010. Detectives discussed John's use of her as an alibi for his whereabouts. Detectives asked her about a photograph of her and John that was contemporaneous to this crime. She told them that she had one, and retrieved a photo in a frame. When she pulled the photo out, she discovered an unused train ticket from Rockford to Chicago that John had given her from the date of this crime.)"

Why
1. keep a framed photo of a teenaged boyfriend for this many years?
2. why did she put the train ticket in it?

Did he give her the ticket? It's just weird.

Perhaps she was very hung up on him --the one who got away --and she never got over.
I suspect the more likely reason is that she knew something was off, that her bf did harm that girl and that she might want to give the photo and tix to LE or someone else some day.

ellemo
12-30-2013, 12:42 PM
I just read the article and it describes the frame as a cardboard frame. I think it was a simple thin frame that the picture came with from the photographer. It would be thin enough to put into a scrapbook as is or stores in a memory box, so I don't think it strange it's still in the cardboard frame. It is interesting that she kept the ticket, though, and perhaps she kept the ticket for a reason.

JoeFromLB
04-22-2014, 06:04 PM
He's appealing. No surprise there.

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/crime/article/Man-convicted-in-1957-Illinois-death-appeals-5421120.php

al66pine
10-22-2014, 05:30 PM
Dr. Phil show Oct. 22 w. family members of McCollough's and others.

10/22 Footsteps in the Snow: The Cold Case Murder of Maria Ridulph (http://community.drphil.com/boards/?EntryID=37829&SubCategoryID=118)

http://dpassets.drphil.com/dyn/com_media/000000000/00000000/0000000/000000/60000/9000/900/69992/100x100.jpg



On Dec. 3, 1957, 7-year-old Maria Ridulph disappeared near her Illinois home, and five months later, her body was found. The case went cold for 55 years, until a mother’s deathbed confession implicated her own son, Jack McCullough -- once known as John Tessier -- who eventually was convicted of the murder, despite maintaining his innocence. Dr. Phil sits down with Maria’s brother, Chuck, and talks to Maria’s friend Kathy -- the last person to see her alive. What happened that fateful night? Plus, hear from McCullough’s sister, Janet, who turned her brother in and testified against him. Why does she say she’s convinced her brother is guilty? And, learn why McCullough’s stepdaughter, Janey, says her stepfather is not a murderer. Could McCullough have been wrongfully convicted?

^ http://www.drphil.com/shows/show/2290/ ^