Convicted Murderer of 7-year-old Claims Innocence

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SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) -- Jack McCullough, convicted last month of kidnapping and killing a Sycamore girl almost 55 years ago, has written what he calls a letter to city residents blaming a judge for discarding documents that would prove his innocence.

The Daily Chronicle reports McCullough wrote FBI records that were barred from his trial provide him an alibi for Dec. 3, 1957, the night 7-year-old Maria Ridulph was abducted.

McCullough advised Sycamore residents to review the documents and "set me free."

Kane County Associate Judge James Hallock ruled the records could not be evidence because the people in them were dead and could not be cross-examined.

The 72-year-old McCullough was found guilty of murder, kidnapping and abduction of an infant. He is being held in the DeKalb County Jail awaiting sentencing.


Information from: The Daily Chronicle,

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