McCullough Planning Appeal in Ridulph Case

PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) -- 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 last 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 says 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 also spends his time exercising and studying Chinese.

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