Jack McCullough Charged With Murder in a 1957 Sycamore Murder

SYCAMORE (WIFR) -- Jack McCullough, a resident in Seattle, Washington was arrested on Wednesday and is being charged with the murder of a seven year old grl who vanished from her neighborhood in Sycamore back in 1957.

Maria Ridulph was playing near her home in Sycamore with a friend the day she was abducted. Authories found her remains six months later in Jo Daviess county. At the time, this case received national attention from both the FBI and President Eisenhower who requested daily updates on the case, which went cold after McCullough, who was one of the suspects joined the military and changed his name.

Jack Daniel McCullough or John Tessier as he has been know as since the late 1950's is being charged with murder and is currently being held in the King County Jail in Seattle, Washington where bail has been set at three million dollars.

At the request of the Dekalb County State's Attorney's Office the Ridulph family has chosen to decline commenting on the arrest. But the State's Attorney's Office hope this news will bring some closure to the family

The two year investigation was conducted by the Illinois State Police with the help of local law encforment in Sycamore and Seatttle. Jack McCulough who is currently 71 years old now awaits extradition to Dekalb County.


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  • by Sue Location: Seattle on Jul 26, 2011 at 02:52 AM
    Just because someone is arrested doesn't mean a thing. Many innocent people are arrested and then found to be not guilty. Many people have been found guilty and have been innocent. In the USA we are all supposed to be "innocent until proven guilty". You would feel a lot different if this happened to someone you know, or to you or your husband. This could happen to any one. They have no proof.
  • by Jim Location: ky. on Jul 3, 2011 at 04:05 PM
    He was known as John Tessier from the time of the abduction until he enlisted in the Air Force where he went by his fathers name of Cherry. He served 4 yrs. Then legally had his name changed to Tessier. He used that name for his career in the Army and the Police. He changed his name to Jack Mcullough in the 90's after his mothers death.
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      by Gayle on Sep 15, 2011 at 06:05 PM in reply to Jim
      My Father's name was Jack McCullough DOB 1-28-1904 I'm wondering if he is the son that my father had before he married my mother? How Do you know these things about him? I'm just curious.
  • by Maria Location: Aurora, IL on Jul 2, 2011 at 03:32 AM
    I'm so happy that they caught him.. i'm interested to know why it took so long though, and what new info came to light. RIP little girl...
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      by Sue on Oct 6, 2011 at 08:56 AM in reply to Maria
      Just because the police arrested him doesn't mean he's guilty. They haven't a shread of pproof.
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