WNIJ's Jenna Dooley speaks with Sycamore author Tom Oestreicher about his book on the life of Wally Thurow aka "Mr. Pumpkin"
The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival kicks off this week. It will be a bittersweet start to the festival's 51st year. This is the first year since the death of the Festival's founder, Wally Thurow, affectionately known as "Mr. Pumpkin." Sycamore author Tom Oestreicher has written a biography of Thurow and the festival. The book is called Mr. Pumpkin & The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival: A 50 Year History.
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.