Former Sycamore officer sentenced to life in prison

By WEEK Reporter

December 10, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 12:56 AM CDT


SYCAMORE, Ill -- A former Sycamore, Illinois police officer was sentenced to life in prison Monday, for the kidnapping and murder of a young girl more than a half century ago.

Jack McCullough, 73, was convicted in September for the murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph.  Ridulph was abducted in 1957 while playing with a friend near her home in Sycamore.  The case is one of the oldest unsolved crimes in American history to make it to trial.




McCullough was one of more than 100 people who were briefly suspects, but he had what seemed like a solid alibi.

He told investigators that on the day the girl vanished he'd been traveling to Chicago for a medical exam before joining the Air Force.

McCullough eventually settled in Seattle, working as a Washington state police officer.  He did not testify.

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