Saturday, December 08, 2007

Maria Ridulph 50 Years Later

Updated 12/11/2012: Daily Chronicle: McCullough Sentenced to Life in Prison


Read Innocence Lost: ‘She would have been something' By Kate Schott


Maria Ridulph, shown here on vacation in Iowa in 1957, was 7 when she was kidnapped from the corner of Center Cross Street and Archie Place on Dec. 3, 1957. Her abductor was never found, despite the combined efforts of police and the Sycamore community. Her body was found in April 1958 in Jo Daviess County.


Chronicle photo ERIC SUMBERG Sycamore resident Charles Ridulph, 61, is the older brother of Maria Ridulph, who was kidnapped at age 7 from near their home in Sycamore. Ridulph shared a room with his sister, who was the youngest of four, and describes their relationship as close. “For me, it’s never been, ‘Why did someone do this to me?’” Ridulph said. “It’s just been an emptiness, a void, a missing of her.”

17 Comments:

At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Mary said...

My Grandparents lived in Sycamore and Marie and I were great friends for many years. We went swimming at the Sycamore pool. I remember her as if it was yesterday, I have never forgotten her and when I visit my grandparents at Elmwood Cemetery I always go and see Marie. May God Bless You My Sweet Childhood Friend.

 
At 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was great friends with Marie, I remember her as if it was yesterday. My Aunt lived on the corner where she was kidnapped and my Grandparents lived on West State. I have never forgotten Marie and when I visit my family at Elmwood I always go and visit my dear childhood friend. My Godd Bless You Marie.

 
At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Mary said...

Does anyone ever read this anymore?

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger Smedley said...

I remember--- I was 8 and lived in Rockford when Maria Ridulph was kidnapped. I'm interested in discussing this case with someone familiar with the news articles and information of the time. Particularly witness and suspect information.
God knows who did this to Maria. Let's not give up. Maybe we can help God...by providing some insight to police and id the killer? Chap.swanson@yahoo.com

 
At 9:17 PM, Blogger MuseSwings said...

Today's news reported that Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, was charged with murdering Maria Ridulph, who was abducted while playing with a friend near her home in Sycamore, about 50 miles west of Chicago. You can run and change your name, but you can't hide.

 
At 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

-- A 71-year-old Seattle man living under an assumed name at a retirement community in Washington has been arrested in connection with the 1957 kidnapping and murder of an Illinois girl, authorities said Friday.

Maria Ridulph, 7, disappeared while playing near her home in the town of Sycamore, west of Chicago.

Her story captured national headlines and the attention of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, according to news accounts published at the time.

Federal agents joined local and state law enforcement authorities as well as the community in the search for the girl, whose remains were found four months later by a couple walking in the woods, the news reports said.

Seattle authorities arrested Jack Daniel McCullough, who also used the name John Tessier, on murder charges filed in DeKalb County, Illinois, the DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell said in news release.

McCullough was a suspect at the time of the girl's disappearance, but the case ran cold after he changed his name and joined the military, Campbell said.

The suspect's neighbors and a former colleague in Washington say they cannot reconcile the man charged with murder as the man they knew as John Tessier.

After serving in the military, McCullough worked at the Lacey Police Department as an officer in the 1970s, said Ed Sorger, the chief of police at Evergreen State College.

 
At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

-- A 71-year-old Seattle man living under an assumed name at a retirement community in Washington has been arrested in connection with the 1957 kidnapping and murder of an Illinois girl, authorities said Friday.

Seattle authorities arrested Jack Daniel McCullough, who also used the name John Tessier, on murder charges filed in DeKalb County, Illinois, the DeKalb County State's Attorney Clay Campbell said in news release.

McCullough was a suspect at the time of the girl's disappearance, but the case ran cold after he changed his name and joined the military, Campbell said.

The suspect's neighbors and a former colleague in Washington say they cannot reconcile the man charged with murder as the man they knew as John Tessier.

After serving in the military, McCullough worked at the Lacey Police Department as an officer in the 1970s, said Ed Sorger, the chief of police at Evergreen State College.

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger Raging Ranter said...

They've arrested someone in this case!!

http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/07/02/washington.cold.case.arrest/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn

 
At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On 7/1/2011 the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s office announced the arrest and murder charges against 71-year-old Jack Daniel McCullough of Seattle in connection with Maria's case.

 
At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Smitty said...

Great news yesterday in the Chronicle about finally justice being done for taking my friend and sweet little girl from us.

 
At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Kevin said...

They got the lowlife today. Thank god, I will read the book and may she now RIP.

 
At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have to wonder how many other missing children this man is responsible for, particularly since he became a COP! He certainly didn't stop with Marie...hope any and all cold cases of unsolved missing/murdered children are looked at closely...jeez, he could easily have lured children dressed in his uniform...makes me shudder..Hope he is sent back to hell.

 
At 4:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the time McCullogh was supposed to be on the train, he allegedly gave a relative a ride - ABC news say - . So what´s with the relative? Has he ever been questioned by police? He must have known that McCullogh presented false alibi to LE.

 
At 2:16 PM, Blogger djade2 said...

I grew up in Sycamore. I was six years old when Maria went missing. She was a year ahead of me in school and went to a different neighborhood school. Her disapperance was how I learned what the word "kidnapping" meant. Every year after her kidnapping at the beginning of the school year a police officer or some other official would come to the school and pass out pamphlets warning us about not accepting rides or treats from strangers. Our teachers would then go over them in the classroom. It seems tragically ironic that the "alleged" kidnapper is someone familiar from the neighborhood.

I am surprised that the news media'a haven't posted a picture of the "Maria Ridulph Memorial." It was a large enamel on steel map of Sycamore that was dispalyed on the front of the Sycamore Municiple Building. I had to walk (or bike) passed it anytime I went downtown, to Jumior High School, or to the public park at the far side of town. I wonder if the memorial is still there.

 
At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The memorial that was on the side of the Munical Building in Sycamore was moved to storage at the Police station because of the expantion project of the Police station.

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger djade2 said...

Thanks for the info regarding the Memorial. I wonder if they intend to restore it.

 
At 12:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The memorial that was on the side of the Munical Building in Sycamore was moved to storage at the Police station because of the expantion project of the Police station."

This is completely false.The memorial was removed long before the police station expansion. The old memorial is in the the possession of Maria's sister. The new memorial stands just a few feet from where the original once was.

 

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