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Old 08-25-2011, 08:57 PM
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How young were some of the molestation victims in Sycamore? What were the age ranges?
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:16 PM
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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.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:13 PM
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:48 AM
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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.
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:58 PM
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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.
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:03 AM
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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.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:25 PM
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Illinois Man Acquitted In 50 Year Old Rape Case, Faces Murder Charge

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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)
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:36 PM
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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)

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

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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.

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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)
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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/02...est=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.
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Maria Ridulph’s remains to be returned to her family

http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2012/...amily/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.
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:12 PM
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September trial set in Sycamore girl Maria Ridulph's 1957 murder

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sec...cal&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.
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:31 PM
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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
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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)

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/sear...ldate&type=and
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:34 AM
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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/sear...ldate&type=and
My link (above)did not work,I tested the link below it should work
http://www.daily-chronicle.com/searc...ldate&type=and
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:40 AM
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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/l...,3442712.story
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:59 PM
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Justice descends, starting tomorrow:

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Thanks for keeping up with this case Cubbie. It's so wonderful that he is being brought to justice. Finally.
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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.
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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/l...,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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.'"

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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.
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