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7-year-old Illinois girl Maria Ridulph was abducted and killed in 1957.


7-year-old Illinois girl Maria Ridulph was abducted and killed in 1957.

Is there finally a break in the case?

She was last seen playing with a friend near her home in Sycamore, about 50 miles west of Chicago. Mushroom hunters found Maria’s remains five months later in a wooded area about 100 miles from her hometown.

Now a former police officer 71 rear old John Tessier, now believed to be known as Jack Daniel McCullough has been arrested in the 1957 murder of an Illinois girl. But he says he has an “iron-clad alibi” and had nothing to do with her disappearance or death.

In the early 1980s, McCullough lost his job with the Milton police department in Washington state after he was accused of sexually abusing a runaway in her early teens. He pleaded guilty in 1983 to unlawfully communicating with a minor.

The 71-year-old was arrested in Seattle last week after investigators said new evidence undermined that alibi. A police affidavit says his high school girlfriend recently discovered his train ticket to Chicago, but it was unused.Jack Daniel McCullough told The Associated Press in a jailhouse interview Thursday night that he wants justice to be done for 7-year-old Maria Ridulph. He says that he had traveled to Chicago for military medical exams that day – as he has always maintained.

McCullough tells the AP there’s a good reason it was unused – he never used it. He says his stepfather gave him a ride, and that archived military records from that day should exonerate him.

However military records a former police officer insists would help exonerate him burned in a 1973 archives fire that destroyed millions of military personnel records.

Suspect is being held in the King County Jail on a fugitive charge pending efforts to extradite him back to Illinois.

At a news conference Tuesday a short walk from where Ridulph disappeared 54 years ago, DeKalb County State’s Attorney Clay Campbell repeatedly declined to offer details about the case. He said McCullough could be extradited to Illinois within weeks, though a trial could be months away.

`This is a very, very cold case,” Campbell said. “I am well aware of the precarious nature of prosecuting a case you cannot prove, but we are confident that Mr. McCullough killed Maria Ridulph.”

Huffington Post

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No Answers, No Justice For Nevaeh

5 year-old Nevaeh Buchanan disappeared in Monroe, Michigan, in 2009. She was likely abducted.

Her body was found by fishermen nearly two weeks later, buried along the banks of the River Raisin and covered by quick-dry concrete.

Nevaeh Buchanan

Autopsy results revealed grim details of her death: she was suffocated after inhaling dirt, meaning she may have been buried alive.

The case remains unsolved, police have not named any suspects. Buchanan’s mother, Jennifer Buchanan was known as someone palling around with sex offenders. Two sex offenders Roy Smith and George Kennedy, with ties to Jennifer Buchanan, were arrested for being associated with a child. Jennifer Buchanan was also convicted in 2006 of 1st degree home invasion and was released shortly before Nevaeh was murdered.

It seems two years later Law Enforcement is no closer to finding her killer despite numerous leads and tips. Her murder investigation have been unusually tight-lipped.

“We thought there would be answers by now. At least on the road to answers or something, but nothing,” said Carla Nash, grandmother of Nevaeh.

Crime scene, where Nevaeh’s body was found

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Making History In The Courtroom

In 1987 DNA evidence in criminal trial was likely considered, novel, experimental science.

DNA got its first courtroom test in Orange County, Florida.  Casey Anthony prosecutor, Jeff Ashton gained the world’s first DNA conviction of a rapist more than 20 years ago. Florida appeals court upheld the conviction and Florida became the first state to affirm on appeal the use of DNA.  Since then DNA profiling has helped to acquit or convict suspects in many of the most violent crimes all over the world.

Jeff Ashton in 1987 arguing in courtroom for DNA evidence ‘That is not controversial or new procedure’ he says. (Image: credit wesh. com)

In Casey Anthony case, her defence team argued that the evidence such as hair samples, air samples and cadaver dogs evidence, that State wanted to present, are not simply credible. Anthony’s defence insisted such forensic evidence should not be admissible in court since the discovery is based on novel, experimental scientific research that is not generally accepted by scientific community. The defendant requested a Frye hearing to question the reliability of scientific evidence.

It’s the first time the air samples are introduced in a U.S. criminal case.

Hair sample with evidence of an apparent human decomposition or post-mortem root banding – the scientific name for the phenomenon – has never been used as evidence in a Florida criminal trial until the Anthony case. Prosecutors say these tests prove Caylee’s body was in the trunk of Casey’s car.
After voicing some concern that the issue ‘may come back to bite’ in the form of an appeal, Judge Belvin Perry decided to allow such ‘controversial’ evidence at Anthony’s trial.

Casey Anthony trial continues with expert scientific testimonies. She is accused of killing her 2 year old daughter, Caylee. She pleaded not guilty.

Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton retired in June 2011 after unsuccessfully arguing along with Linda Drane – Burdick that 2 year old Florida girl Caylee Anthony died in the hands of her mother.

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48 Hours Mystery: Only Casey Knows

ORLANDO, Fla. – It has been two-and-a-half years since Casey Anthony was first arrested and charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in a criminal case that has become a public obsession.

Casey was a 22-year-old single mother. She and her daughter lived with Casey’s parents, George and Cindy, in their Orlando home

Casey Anthony

“People hate her!” Casey’s father, George Anthony, told “48 Hours” in 2009.

“She’s been portrayed as an evil person,” added Cindy Anthony.

The little girl was described by most everyone around her as incredibly cute, happy and outgoing.

“She was just a beautiful child,” said Cindy.

But Caylee disappeared that summer after Casey took her daughter and left her parents’ home. Even more startling, is that Casey waited an entire month before revealing to her family and authorities that her child was missing. Casey claimed her nanny, a woman no one could find – much less even prove existed, had kidnapped the child. Six months after Caylee disappeared in December 2008, her skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area not far from her grandparents’ home

But now for the first time, a former member of Casey’s defense team tells “48 Hours Mystery” the nanny claim is a lie. Lawyer Linda Kenney Baden, who left the defense team in October, said, “She lied. Sure. I think everyone knows that was a lie.”

In Full: Open-and-shut case? Maybe not… Troy Roberts goes inside the defense of Casey Anthony link

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Video: Sveitsiläisten kaksosten etsintä/ Search for missing Swiss twins

Search for missing Swiss twins underway in Switzerland, near Geneva, in rural area of Confignon

Sveitsiläisten kaksosten etsintää jatkuu Sveitsissä, Genevan lähistöllä, Confignon’in kunnassa


Search for missing Swiss twins
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No sign of missing swiss girls as 200 march to keep search going

SAINT-SULPICE, Switzerland — The mother of the missing Swiss twins and dozens of her supporters sought to encourage authorities on Wednesday to keep up their search in the hopes that the 6-year-old girls remain alive.

Missing girls with their mother Irina
With hopes of finding the girls dimming since they disappeared Jan. 30 from this wealthy lakefront community, about 200 friends and neighbours including some of the girls’ classmates took to the streets in a last-minute march organized through a popular Facebook page set up to assist in the search.

The 2-kilometre (1.2 mile) walk along the shoreline of Lake Geneva wound past elegant homes, the girls’ school and a 12th-century church before ending at the apartment complex of the girls’ mother Irina Lucidi.
Many people here, including Lucidi, believe they are still alive.
Sandrine Porchet said the aim of the march was to spread hope and to encourage authorities to keep looking for her friend Lucidi’s missing daughters Alessia and Livia.
“She hasn’t given up hope. Me, neither,” Porchet said. “We want to encourage everyone to hope with us, and to continue to (search). I think the pictures around are very useful … maybe all around the world.”
Swiss and French authorities have repeatedly said they continue to actively search for the girls. Swiss police in the canton (state) of Vaud did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
As police stood by at her apartment complex, Lucidi emerged briefly to offer her thanks and accept some flowers from some young girls, but was too emotional to say more than a few words.

“Thank you for the solidarity. Thank you!” she said, choking up. Some supporters also began crying.


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Update in Missing Swiss Twins Case

Italian media names a possible ‘accomplice’ in missing Swiss twins case Link


She is allegedly 27 year old Katia Irtano who is also missing since January 25.


Italian TV station RAI 3 reported that she was spotted with twins and Mattias Schepp ca two weeks before the twins were kidnapped by their father,  according to a witness.

However there is no official confirmation yet, but the matter is now being investigated.

Meanwhile more CCTV images were released of twins father. Schepp is seen alone in the parking lot and taking money from ATM on these photos of surveillance tapes in Marseille, France.