Jack McCullough

Playmate recalls the last time she saw Maria Ridulph

Three half sisters of accused murderer Jack Daniels McCullough testified for the prosecution Tuesday in the 55-year-old disappearance and death of little Maria Ridulph. Two contradicted their parents’ statement that the accused was home that fateful night, and one recalled their mother’s deathbed declaration about the case.

They were preceded on the stand by Kathy Sigman Chapman, Maria’s playmate on Tuesday evening, December 3, 1957. A member of the prosecution team brought her to the witness stand before the session started. Chapman – with close-cropped grey hair and wearing a dark skirted suit – tested the chair, looked around, chatted briefly with the court stenographer, then smiled and stepped away.

McCullough Trial: Day Two Update

Sep 11, 2012

Testimony resumed Tuesday morning at the bench trial of Jack McCullough, the man accused of killing a young Sycamore girl more than 50 years ago. WNIJ's Victor Yehling is covering today's proceedings.

He reports that McCullough's younger half sister, Katheran Caulfield, testified today. The woman who was playing with the victim, Maria Ridulph, the night she disappeared also took the witness stand.

Day One Ends Early

Sep 10, 2012

The first day of the bench trial for Jack McCullough ended before 3pm Monday in DeKalb County Court. McCullough is accused in the 1957 kidnapping and murder of a young Sycamore girl, Maria Ridulph. The 7-year-old disappeared while playing near her home. Ridulph's body was found several months later in JoDaviess County. The victim's brother, Charles Ridulph, was the first witness called to the stand.

Cold Case Trial Begins In DeKalb County

Sep 10, 2012

The bench trial of Jack McCullough begins Monday in DeKalb County Court. The 72-year-old is accused of killing a young Sycamore girl in the late 1950’s. Seven-year-old Maria Ridulph disappeared while playing near her home.  Her body was found several months later.

The man accused of kidnapping and murdering a Sycamore girl more than half a century ago has an alibi, which was officially filed in court Tuesday. 

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