IL IL - Maria Ridulph, 7, Sycamore, 3 Dec 1957

Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by anthrobones, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. Claudette

    Claudette Oh, hello

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    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/
     
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  2. belimom

    belimom Speak the truth even if your voice shakes~M.Kuhn

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    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!
     
  3. LaborDayRN

    LaborDayRN Masks Are Critical Not Political

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

    Claudette Oh, hello

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    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."
     
  5. Claudette

    Claudette Oh, hello

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

    Claudette Oh, hello

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    We also can't forget his name changed. It was originally John Tessier.
     
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  7. EmmaliLucia

    EmmaliLucia New Member

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    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?)
     
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  9. belimom

    belimom Speak the truth even if your voice shakes~M.Kuhn

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    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?
     
  10. belimom

    belimom Speak the truth even if your voice shakes~M.Kuhn

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    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.
     
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  11. KarenUK

    KarenUK Well-Known Member

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    God bless acandyrose!
     
  12. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2013/08/us/oldest-cold-case/?eref=googletoolbar

    Not so sure this evidence stands up to tight scrutiny given the difficulty of eyewitnesses even a month later let alone 55 years later.

     
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    CatFancier Former Member

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  15. ScarlettScarpetta

    ScarlettScarpetta When the going gets tough, drink coffee

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    I am watching it on 48 hours now.. Wow.. Just wow..
     
  16. leilarose68

    leilarose68 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  17. Tulessa

    Tulessa Well-Known Member

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

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    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.
     
  19. ellemo

    ellemo Active Member

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    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.
     
  20. ellemo

    ellemo Active Member

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    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.
     

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