Verdict in for Jack McCullough - – Rockford’s News Leader

Verdict in for Jack McCullough

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Maria Ridulph's brother Charles Maria Ridulph's brother Charles

A judge has found Jack McCullough guilty in the 1957 kidnapping and murder of Maria Rudolph.

Seven-year-old Maria Rudolph of Sycamore disappeared on December 3, 1957, sparking a massive search for the child, whose nearly-naked body was found several months later in Jo Daviess County. According to eyewitnesses, Rudolph was last seen with a man named Johnny, who had offered her a piggy back ride. Prosecutors claim that man was Jack McCullough, who also went by the name of John Tessier.

McCullough pleaded not guilty to the charges, but the judge found him guilty without a reasonable doubt. Shouts and cheers rang out in the courtroom while the verdict was read, some in the room breaking down in tears.

13 News Reporter Rebecca Klopf was in the courtroom today and will have more information on the case and the verdict on 13 News at 5 & 6.

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