Jack McCullough

Charles Ridulph of Sycamore has added to his request for a special prosecutor in the 1957 murder case of his sister, Maria.  

The Daily Chronicle says Ridulph claims State’s Attorney Richard Schmack made a 2012 campaign promise to drop charges against Jack McCullough, constituting a conflict of interest.  

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The Daily Chronicle recently published a two-part series called “Road to Dismissal” examining letters and emails that take a closer look at how DeKalb County State’s Attorney Richard Schmack became convinced that the wrong man was behind bars for the death of Maria Ridulph of Sycamore. Jack McCullough has since been released from prison, but some in the community still question his innocence. Eric Olson is editor of the Daily Chronicle and talks about writing the story.

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Murder charges against Jack McCullough have been dismissed. McCullough served nearly four years in prison for the 1957 murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph of Sycamore.  Last week, DeKalb County Judge William Brady vacated McCullough’s conviction, and he was freed on bond.

Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle

Charles Ridulph, older brother of a Sycamore schoolgirl murdered in December 1957,  has hired an attorney in his efforts to get a special prosecutor appointed to handle the case case.  

Jack McCullough was arrested in July 2011 and convicted in September 2012 for the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph. At the time, it was the oldest cold case to be brought to trial in the United States.  

Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle

Jack McCullough, released from prison last Friday after the DeKalb County State's Attorney concluded he was wrongly convicted in the 1957 killing of a schoolgirl, says he intends to sue Illinois.

McCullough spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday, two days after a judge vacated his 2012 conviction in the slaying of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore.

He says about his imprisonment: "They didn't just punish me - they punished my whole family."

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Jack McCullough's conviction in  the 1957 murder of a Sycamore girl has been vacated and he has been ordered released from custody on his own recognizance.

McCullough, 76, has been jailed in some fashion since he was arrested in his Seattle-area home in July 2011. He has been serving a life sentence in the Pontiac Correctional Center. He is required to remain in Illinois as part of the release order.

Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle

Convicted murderer Jack McCullough will have to wait at least two weeks to find out whether he can be released from his life sentence in Pontiac Correctional Center, as his post-conviction pleadings request.

DeKalb County Judge William Brady told two Chicago attorneys who requested to represent McCullough that he had made commitments to other parties that they would be heard on April 15, adding, "I'm going to stick with what I promise."

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Two Chicago attorneys have volunteered to represent convicted murderer Jack McCullough in his attempts to have his conviction overturned. They'll appear at a hearing Friday morning to ask Judge William Brady to release McCullough from prison  immediately "based on actual innocence."

Hearing On McCullough Conviction To Be Held Today

Mar 28, 2016
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The case of Jack McCullough will be back in DeKalb County Courthouse Today.  He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012 for the 1957 kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Sycamore resident Maria Ridulph.

  

At the time, this was the oldest cold case to be solved in US history. But DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack said in a released statement newly-permissible evidence suggests that McCullough may be innocent.

Judge To Appoint Counsel For McCullough Petition

Mar 25, 2016
Danielle Guerra / Daily Chronicle

Updated: 3/29/16 2:50 p.m.

Jack McCullough will get a new attorney to help him pursue freedom from his conviction of murdering seven-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957, and the victim's family will have to wait to pursue a request for a special prosecutor to oppose McCullough.

DeKalb County Circuit Judge William Brady announced those decisions Tuesday afternoon in a crowded courtroom that included a jury box full of reporters from Rockford and Chicago as well as the immediate area.

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