Guilty! Former police officer, 72, convicted of abduction and murder after 55 years
A pretty incredible story. Read the entire piece to find out why the case was re-opened a few years ago [it wasn’t DNA that caused the re-investigation].
As I read the story, I thought of the terrible cost of secrets, particularly to the perpetrator, the victim’s brother, and the Mother of the perpetrator.
From the Daily Mail, where there is more:
A former police officer was today finally found guilty of the abduction and murder of a seven-year-old girl 55 years ago.
The conviction of Jack McCullough, 72, represents the longest cold case in history after a DNA breakthrough placed him at the scene of the abduction of Maria Ridulph in 1957.
Maria’s mother died without seeing justice for her daughter’s slaying - a case that caused so much of a national outcry that President Eisenhower and FBI director J Edgar Hoover demanded daily updates.
McCullough, 18 at the time, was initially considered a suspect when the young girl’s decomposed remains were found a year after she disappeared. But he had been ruled out thanks to a fabricated alibi, and thought he had got away with the terrible crime for most of his life.
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