Police officer on trial for killing girl 56 years ago

Jack McCullough 
By: Anika Rao 

(Scroll down for video) A teen brutally murdered and dumped a little girl’s body in a wooded area.

Now, more than 50 years later, a man aged 73, was convicted of kidnapping and murdering the little girl.

He is expected to return to court for sentencing.

Jack McCullough faces a maximum sentence of life in prison when he is brought before a judge within the community of Sycamore in DeKalb County, Illinois, the same city where the life of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph ended in December 1957.

The sentence in one of the oldest unsolved crimes in U.S. history to go to trial and will likely be seen by family members of Ridulph and McCullough, as well as 63-year-old Kathy Chapman, who was
playing with Mary on the last day of her life.

Sentencing hearings typically include statements of the relatives of the victim. Whoever has the opportunity to speak, whether family members of Ridulph or McCullough, will probably say the same thing: He deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

"He is as bad as prosecutors painted him and then some," Janet Tessier, McCullough's half sister, said. After the murder, Jack McCullough served in the U.S. military and then became a police officer in Washington.