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Crime & Courts

Report: McCullough planning appeal in Ridulph case

Jack McCullough (center) says he has hope for success with his planned appeal of his conviction in the 1957 murder of a young Illinois girl.
Jack McCullough (center) says he has hope for success with his planned appeal of his conviction in the 1957 murder of a young Illinois girl.

PONTIAC – Jack McCullough says he has hope for success with his planned appeal of his conviction in the 1957 murder of a young Illinois girl.

McCullough spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times at the maximum-security Pontiac Correctional Center.
The 73-year-old former police officer was convicted in September in Sycamore in the cold case of Maria Ridulph.

Ridulph was 7 years old when she was grabbed, choked and stabbed to death. Her body was found in the woods months later. It was one of the oldest unsolved crimes in American history to go to trial.

McCullough said he’s planning the appeal and says he did not kill the girl.

He was arrested in 2011 near Seattle, where he was a security guard.

He says he spends his time exercising and studying Chinese.

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