Documents disclosed at hearing for 1957 Sycamore murder case

DeKALB | The DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office disclosed documents related to the 1957 kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph to the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office during a hearing on Aug. 17.

According to court documents, the information disclosed included police reports, photos and records, as well as FBI reports and news articles pertaining to the case.

Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, is a former Milton, Wash. police officer and is charged with murder, kidnapping and abduction of an infant. He was extradited from Seattle, Wash. and arrived in Sycamore on July 27.

Ridulph disappeared on Dec. 3, 1957 at the intersection of Archie Place and Center Cross Street in Sycamore. Her body was found 144 days later, 20 miles east of Galena, Ill.

Court documents also state that a memorandum was filed with the court on Aug. 15 supporting a motion to quash subpoenas issued to the Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press. The subpoenas would require the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune to turn over notes taken by reporters during interviews with McCullough.

The memorandum states that under the Illinois Reporter’s Privilege Act, a reporter’s notes can only be compelled by the court in exceptional circumstances. According to court documents, the state has been given 14 days to file a response to the Chicago Tribune and Associated Press.

McCullough is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 29 for a preliminary hearing, which will determine whether there is enough evidence to bring the case to trial.