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  1. #16
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    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.

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    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/serialkiller...LD_murders.php

    Sycamore is about 53 miles west of Chicago.

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    "Commando"

    Quote Originally Posted by anthrobones
    ...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?

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    1950's Chicago Child Murders

    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_ma...en/chronology/
    Last edited by joellegirl; 01-03-2007 at 12:20 PM. Reason: add link

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    http://judicial-inc.biz/Grimes.htm
    I found this when I googled the grimes girls.

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    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.

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    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."

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    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.
    Last edited by Marie; 01-03-2007 at 07:30 PM.

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    50 Year anniversary coming up...

    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.

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    50 years...

    bumping case up. The 50 year anniversary of Maria's disappearance is approaching...

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    Case is solved....as far as her body being found

    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.

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    Case Solved sort of

    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.


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    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

    Quote Originally Posted by Marie View Post
    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 and here.



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    "closed case"

    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.

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    WOW.... they've made an arrest...! 54 years later.

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    Chicago Tribune

    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.

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    This is very good news. Finally, justice for Maria Ridulph. 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.
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