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College of Law student to be featured on an episode of Investigation Discovery

By James Krause | February 15, 2018

DeKALB — An NIU law student is being featured on Investigation Discovery for his involvement in helping police catch and convict a man of murder-for-hire deaths and fraud.Jed McClure, a College of Law student, found himself in the middle of an investigation...

On Sept. 14, 2012, Jack McCullough was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957.

Lifetime to air documentary of Ridulph murder

By Margaret Maka | November 11, 2014

Charles Ridulph isn’t sure how he’ll feel when a Lifetime documentary chronicling the 1957 kidnapping and murder of his younger sister, Sycamore girl Maria Ridulph, premieres today.The two-hour documentary premieres 7 p.m. on the Lifetime Movie Network....

The attorney for William Curl, Tom McCulloch, spoke to reporters Tuesday following Curls agreement to plead guilty for murdering NIU student Toni Keller. Curl will serve 37 years in prison, with credit for 889 days, as part of the deal.

Curl motions to withdraw guilty plea in murder of NIU student

By Jessi Haish | August 14, 2013

William "Billy" Curl has motioned to withdraw his guilty plea in the murder of NIU student Toni Keller.The four-page, handwritten motion states the plea should be withdrawn because "the prosecutor had threatened to go after Mr. Curl's family if he did...

Clay Campbell displeased with Curl plea

By Kelly Bauer | April 3, 2013

Clay Campbell (right), former DeKalb County state's attorney, speaks to journalists following a news conference he held after William Curl pleaded guilty to the murder of NIU student Toni Keller as part of a plea deal. Campbell, who was state's attorney...

Arpacz and Janet Tessier

By Kelly Bauer | September 14, 2012

Cpt. Tony Arpacz of the State Police and Janet Tessier, half-sister of Jack McCullough, answer questions from a media outlet following a post-verdict press conference. Tessier testified against McCullough during the trial, saying her mother, Eileen Tessier,...

Tessiers grateful to law enforcement who put case together

By Kelly Bauer | September 14, 2012

Following a post-verdict press conference, members of the Tessier family leave the Legislative Center, 200 N. Main St. in Sycamore. The family members were talking and joking; Janet Tessier, in black at right, had expressed joy and gratefulness toward...

Bob Tessier, the half-brother of Jack McCullough, speaks at a press conference following the conviction of McCullough for the 1957 kidnapping of Maria Ridulph, 7. Janet Tessier, Bobs sister and McCulloughs half-sister, stands beside him. The Tessiers thanked law enforcement officials for solving the case.

Tessiers at Conference

By Kelly Bauer | September 14, 2012

Bob Tessier, the half-brother of Jack McCullough, speaks at a press conference following the conviction of McCullough for the 1957 kidnapping of Maria Ridulph, 7. Janet Tessier, Bob's sister and McCullough's half-sister, stands beside him. The Tessiers...

Family of McCullough speaks at post-verdict press conference

By Kelly Bauer | September 14, 2012

The family of Jack McCullough, 72, convicted earlier today of the 1957 kidnapping and murder of Maria Ridulph, 7, spoke at a press conference after the verdict was handed down. Janet Tessier, McCullough's half-sister, talked about what she had done to...

On Sept. 14, 2012, Jack McCullough was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957.

McCullough found guilty on all counts at trial

By Kelly Bauer | September 14, 2012

UPDATE, 12:14 p.m.: According to the Daily Chronicle, Tessier family members and Kathy Chapman have said justice has been served, and defense attorney Tom McCulloch says Jack McCullough has brought up the appeal process. ---- Jack McCullough, 72, the...

On Sept. 14, 2012, Jack McCullough was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957.

Inmate allegedly overhears McCullough say how he killed Maria Ridulph

By Northern Star Staff | September 12, 2012

Christopher Diaz, a prisoner at DeKalb County jail, told prosecutors on Wednesday that he overheard Jack McCullough, 72, tell another inmate how he killed Maria Ridulph, 7. Diaz said the conversation included details about how he strangled her with a...

This July 27, 2011, file photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriffs Department in Sycamore, Ill, shows Jack Daniel McCullough, 72, of Seattle.

FBI records not allowed in McCullough trial

By Northern Star Staff | September 4, 2012

On Tuesday, a judge ruled to prohibit the use of FBI records as evidence in Jack McCullough’s murder trial, according to a Daily Chronicle article. McCullough was arrested in 2011 for the alleged kidnapping and murder of Maria Ridulph, 7, in 1957. McCullough’s...

McCullough defense requests trial start pushed back

By Dave Gong | November 30, 2011

The defense attorney for the man charged with the 1957 kidnapping and murder of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl has requested a further court date in order to file motions before trial.Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, is charged with murder, kidnapping and the...