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1957 Murder SOLVED: Seattle Man Stands Accused

By Geno McGahee

The 1957 abduction and murder of a Chicago area girl seems to have been solved, as 71 year old Jack McCullough, a former police officer, was arrested and held in lieu of 3 million bail.

Seven year old Maria Ridulph was last seen playing with a friend in Sycamore, Illinois, on December 3rd, 1957, and her decomposing body would be found in April of 1958 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.

Maria’s playmate reported that a man named “Johnny” asked the girls if they wanted piggyback rides, and when she left to get her mittens, her friend would be missing along with the stranger.

McCullough was suspected of the crime, but he claimed to be on a train at the time of the crime, which was later proven wrong when a woman that knew him came forward and told authorities that she had seen the train ticket and it had not been used.

McCullough has been accused of sexual assault of a teenage girl in the past, and will be facing some hard time if proven guilty of this murder, despite the many years that have gone by.

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