Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Prosecutor: Man Couldn't Have Killed Girl in 1957

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Prosecutor: Man Couldn't Have Killed Girl in 1957

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CHICAGO - A man convicted in the 1957 abduction and killing of a 7-year-old girl in northern Illinois could not have committed the crime, a prosecutor announced Friday after reviewing new evidence in the case. DeKalb County State's Attorney Richard Schmack said his six-month review firmed up an alibi and convinced him it was a "manifest impossibility" that Jack McCullough could have been anywhere near the area when Maria Ridulph disappeared in the small community of Sycamore.

The girl vanished on Dec. 3, 1957, and was found dead several months later. The slaying remained a mystery for decades before McCullough, who was initially cleared in the case, was charged in 2011.

McCullough, now 75, was a neighbor at the time of the killing. He had long ago been cleared by authorities before a renewed effort was launched to solve the case. …

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