When 7-year-old Maria Ridulph was abducted and killed in 1957, investigators considered 18-year-old Jack McCullough a suspect, but he had an alibi and passed a lie detector test. Fifty-five years later, McCullough was convicted for that same crime, because of something his mother said on her deathbed.
In his first television interview, McCullough sat down with “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty for what turned out to be a very candid and sometimes heated discussion about this case.
According to a decades old FBI file on the kidnapping and murder of Maria Ridulph, McCullough may have had an alibi the night that Maria was abducted. But there was other information in that file that made McCullough look bad:
After his mother died, John Tessier changed his name to Jack McCullough. He tells Moriarty why he did so:
When McCullough was taken in for questioning at the Seattle Police Department, he told investigators that he knew who killed Maria Ridulph, and it came to him in a dream: