Jack McCullough http://northernpublicradio.org en Brief Filed In McCullough Appeal Claims Unfair Trial http://northernpublicradio.org/post/brief-filed-mccullough-appeal-claims-unfair-trial <p>Jack McCullough is serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and murder of Maria Ridulph in 1957. It was one the nation's oldest cold cases. A recently filed appellate brief calls into question evidence presented at McCullough's 2012 trial in DeKalb County.</p><p></p><p>Assistant Deputy Defender Paul Glaser submitted that prosecutors used unreliable evidence, which included personal memories from decades ago, inmate witnesses, and a statement from McCullough's mother just before her death while on painkillers.</p><p>The brief says "the law demands more than nostalgia."</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:01:20 +0000 Jenna Dooley 46376 at http://northernpublicradio.org Brief Filed In McCullough Appeal Claims Unfair Trial Sycamore Cold-Case Murder Back In The News http://northernpublicradio.org/post/sycamore-cold-case-murder-back-news <p>The man serving a life sentence for the 1957 murder of a Sycamore girl maintains his innocence and says he’s working on his appeal.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:49:49 +0000 Susan Stephens 34464 at http://northernpublicradio.org Sycamore Cold-Case Murder Back In The News DeKalb County Cold Case Defies Odds http://northernpublicradio.org/post/dekalb-county-cold-case-defies-odds <p>The <a href="http://northernpublicradio.org/post/mccullough-sentenced-life-prison">sentencing of Jack McCullough </a>Monday capped the successful prosecution of a high-profile cold case. While an appeal is expected, the life-in-prison term gives law enforcement officials hope about the future of this type of investigative work. That’s despite many of the hurdles in their way.</p><p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:30:10 +0000 Mike Moen 22554 at http://northernpublicradio.org DeKalb County Cold Case Defies Odds McCullough Sentenced to Life in Prison http://northernpublicradio.org/post/mccullough-sentenced-life-prison <p>Jack McCullough was sentenced to life&nbsp; in prison Monday morning for the murder of Maria Ridulph. The 73-year-old McCullough was convicted earlier this year&nbsp;in a DeKalb County bench trial. He was arrested in 2011 after&nbsp;authorities re-opened the investigation into the 1957 kidnapping and slaying. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:33:34 +0000 Mike Moen & Susan Stephens 22503 at http://northernpublicradio.org McCullough Sentenced to Life in Prison McCullough Sentencing December 10th http://northernpublicradio.org/post/mccullough-sentencing-december-10th <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 18pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Sentencing for Jack McCullough has been moved to early December. The sentencing was supposed to be today, but a lawyer representing McCullough says the defense was not given enough time to prepare.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:43:57 +0000 Jenna Dooley 22101 at http://northernpublicradio.org McCullough Sentencing December 10th McCullough Sentencing Postponed http://northernpublicradio.org/post/mccullough-sentencing-postponed <p><strong>UPDATE: Friday, November 30, 2012 11:10 am</strong></p><p><strong>McCullough's sentencing has been rescheduled for Monday, December 10th, at 10:00 am.</strong></p><p></p><p>Sentencing for convicted killer Jack McCullough has been postponed. The former Sycamore resident was to be sentenced Friday morning at 11:00 for the 1957 kidnapping and murder of seven-year-old Maria Ridulph.</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:00:43 +0000 Susan Stephens 22063 at http://northernpublicradio.org McCullough Sentencing Postponed McCullough Wants New Trial http://northernpublicradio.org/post/mccullough-wants-new-trial <p>Attorneys for Jack McCullough have filed a motion seeking a new trial or not guilty verdict.&nbsp; McCullough is awaiting sentencing for the murder and kidnapping of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph back in 1957. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:05:11 +0000 WNIJ 19954 at http://northernpublicradio.org McCullough Wants New Trial Convicted Killer Faces Decision About Appeal http://northernpublicradio.org/post/convicted-killer-faces-decision-about-appeal <p>Jack Daniel McCullough is back in his cell at the DeKalb County Jail, weighing his options for filing an appeal of his conviction on charges related to the disappearance of little Maria Ridulph on Dec. 3, 1957.</p><p>He has 30 days to make that decision, with a sentencing hearing scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30.</p><p>In April, McCullough waived his right to a jury trial, opting instead for a bench trial on charges of murder, kidnapping, and abduction of an infant – defined in Illinois law at the time as a person younger than 12 years old.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:18:01 +0000 Jane Denison Furness and Victor Yehling 18490 at http://northernpublicradio.org Convicted Killer Faces Decision About Appeal Convicted By His Own Words On All Charges http://northernpublicradio.org/post/convicted-his-own-words-all-charges <p><strong>"Maria's got her justice."</strong></p><p>Jack McCullough heard his guilty verdict Friday in a packed courtroom on the third floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse, less than 10 blocks from where he snatched Maria Ridulph on the snowy evening of Dec. 3, 1957.</p><p>Known in those days as John Tessier, the 72-year-old convicted kidnapper and murderer sat through five days of a bench trial before Judge James Hallock and heard a parade of prosecution witnesses detail circumstantial evidence that tied him to the seven-year-old girl’s disappearance from the corner of Archie Place and Center Cross Street in Sycamore.</p><p> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 02:23:41 +0000 Victor Yehling 18422 at http://northernpublicradio.org Convicted By His Own Words On All Charges State Rests Its Case At McCullough Trial http://northernpublicradio.org/post/state-rests-its-case-mccullough-trial <p>The state has rested its case at the bench trial of Jack McCullough. The 72-year-old is accused in a DeKalb County cold case that dates back to 1957. Prosecutors say he kidnapped and murdered 7-year-old Maria Ridulph.&nbsp; Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:34:31 +0000 Mike Moen 18337 at http://northernpublicradio.org State Rests Its Case At McCullough Trial