Convicted killer gives prison interview

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The man convicted of murdering a girl in Sycamore in 1957 is speaking out in a prison interview.

55 years after the crime, Jack McCullough was convicted of fatally stabbing 7-year-old Maria Ridulph.

A judge sentenced him to life in prison last year and he’s currently serving his sentence at the Pontiac Correctional Center.

McCullough tells CNN he only met Ridulph once, when she was three-years-old.  He said she was wandering alone near a busy intersection in Sycamore.  “My memory of her is so vivid.  I see her standing there with her big, big eyes and she had her cute little dress on her and she had her little patent shoes,” said McCullough.  “The word lovely wouldn’t describe, she was precious.”

Four years later, Ridulph disappeared from that same area.  Her body was found in a field five months later.

McCullough was questioned about her disappearance but was cleared by the FBI.

He moved away from Sycamore eight days after Maria disappeared.

He was charged in 2011 and sentenced to life in prison back in December.

McCullough says he did not kill Ridulph and plans to appeal his conviction.

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