Maria Ridulph

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As 1957 Murder Case Seemed to Fall Apart, a Letter Arrived

It named a potential suspect in Maria Ridulph's death

(Newser) - In 2012, Illinois' Jack Daniel McCullough was convicted of the 1957 murder of his Sycamore neighbor Maria Ridulph , 7, appearing to wrap up the country's oldest cold case ever to go to trial. Four years later on March 24, a prosecutor announced McCullough had been wrongly convicted as he... More »

Man Convicted in 59-Year-Old Kidnapping and Murder Set Free

His conviction was vacated, and a new trial will be held

(Newser) - A man convicted four years ago in the oldest cold case ever tried was freed Friday after an Illinois judge vacated his conviction and subsequent life sentence, CNN reports. According to CBS News , 76-year-old Jack McCullough was convicted of kidnapping a 7-year-old girl, choking her, and stabbing her to death... More »

Ex-Cop Convicted in 'Coldest Case Ever Solved' Appealing

Jack Daniel McCullough insists he didn't kill Maria Ridulph in 1957

(Newser) - Jack Daniel McCullough, the ex-cop serving a life sentence for a long-unsolved 1957 Illinois murder, is appealing his 2012 conviction. McCullough, 74, says his mother essentially accused him of Maria Ridulph's murder from the grave—she was sedated and lay dying in a hospital bed when she told McCullough'... More »

Ex-Cop Gets Life for 1957 Murder

Slaying of 7-year-old girl is oldest cold case to result in conviction

(Newser) - A former policeman from Washington state has been given a life sentence for kidnapping and murdering a little girl 55 years ago. In what is believed to be the oldest cold case ever to go to trial and get a conviction, Jack McCullough was found guilty of murdering 7-year-old neighbor... More »

Girl's Body Exhumed 54 Years After Murder

Investigators hope new DNA techniques will help nail prime suspect

(Newser) - A little girl's body has been exhumed 54 years after her murder, by cops who now think they can nail the killer using new forensics techniques. Prime suspect Jack McCullough, a former neighbor of the 7-year-old girl, has already been extradited from Washington to Illinois to face charges. "... More »

Accused 1957 Killer: Train Ticket Proves Nothing

Jack Daniel McCullough says he still has 'iron-clad alibi'

(Newser) - Despite the fact that a recently unearthed, unused train ticket led to the arrest of Jack Daniel McCullough for an unsolved 1957 murder, the 71-year-old is sticking with his original story. "I have an iron-clad alibi," McCullough tells the AP from a Seattle jail. "I did not... More »

Old Train Ticket Leads to Arrest in 1957 Murder of Girl

Retired cop charged after decades-old alibi breaks down

(Newser) - Crazy twist in a high-profile murder case going back half a century: A retired cop in Seattle has been charged in the 1957 murder of a 7-year-old girl near Chicago. The arrest of 71-year-old Jack Daniels McCullough came after an ex-girlfriend found an unused train ticket from the day of... More »

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