LONG ARM OF THE LAW REACHES OUT - FORMER
ARMY CAPTAIN CONVICTED OF MURDER, KIDNAP
OF SEVEN YEAR-OLD GIRL IN ILLINOIS - CRIME
COMMITTED BACK IN 1957 - JACK McCULLOUGH
FOUND GUILTY AFTER EX-GIRLFRIEND RATTED
HIM OUT TO COPS - UNUSED TRAIN TICKET TO
CHICAGO UNDERCUTS KILLER'S ALABI HE NOT
AROUND WHEN LITTLE MARIA RIDULPH TAKEN
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If he hadn't of hung on to an old unused train ticket, Jack McCullough might still be a free man.
But the convicted killer of little 7 year-old Maria Ridulph told an ex girlfriend about it, and when they broke up, she called the cops.
The day the female victim disappeared from Sycamore, Ill. back in 1957, McCullough said he'd been far away. Claimed he'd bought a train ticket from Rockford to Chicago. Sure enough, the ticketmaster at the time said he'd sold the passage to the Windy City to the killer in December of that year.
McCullough had his rock-solid alibi. No one could successfully dispute what he said.
FORMER ARMY CAPTAIN WORKED AS SECURITY
GUARD IN WASHINGTON STATE
The news that beautiful Maria had been abducted and slain made for front-page newspaper headlines coast-to-coast. Then President Dwight Eisenhower asked FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to keep him appraised of any developments in the tragic case. But the years went by, the trail grew cold, and McCullouch went on with his life.
A former enlisted man and then Army captain, McCullough was semi-retired, and at age 72, working part-time as a security guard in Washington state when he was finally arrested.
It was in 2011, his bitter ex galpal found the mislaid unused train ticket and told cops about how McCullough once admitted to her he killed the young girl by accident.
AN UNLIKELY STORY
His story was, he approached Maria and another playmate in a park and asked the girls if they "liked dolls" and would they like to ride "piggyback" on his shoulders. The other girl ran home, but trusting Maria stayed long enough for "Johnny." as McCullough called himself then, to entice her away.
While waiting for his murder trial, an inmate testified McCullough allegedly told the fellow prisoner he'd smothered the girl when she "accidentally" fell off his back, then started to scream.
McCullough maintained he was innocent, but the man's half-sister swore at the witness stand Jack's mother told her on her deathbed, "Remember those two little girls? Jack killed one of them."
IT TOOK 55 YEARS, BUT EX-ARMY OFFICER
FINALLY CONVICTED OF MURDER
Family members of the dead girl cheered in the suburban Illinois courtroom as the verdict was announced. McCullough showed no emotion, but he must have kicked himself that he hadn't thrown out that train ticket and run his mouth to others about what really happened.
It took more than a half century, but the long arm of the law finally reached out and grabbed up a killer who thought he was untouchable.