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Jack Mccullough Speech

Jack Mccullough Speech

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Before I begin, I would like to thank my attorneys from the PublicDefender's Office, Tom McCulloch and Robert Carlson, who havebelieved in me.Special thanks to investigator, Crystal Harrolle, who went thru all 4,000pages of FBI documents to find the 15 pages of reports that proved myinnocence in the Ridulph case Yes, proved, beyond a doubt that in 1957,I could not have been involved in the kidnap of Maria Ridulph. Thesereports were not even allowed to be referred to at trial.I would like to thank Janey O'Connor (my step-daughter) who was herefrom Seattle to offer her support. She is my champion on the internet, inthe media and in my heart.I am deeply indebted to my wife and best friend Sue, who has kept usfrom poverty and been my emotional anchor for the past 14 months of confinement.Your Honor and people of DeKalb County: I am Jack DanielMcCullough. I served in the Air Force, I am a former Army Captain,police officer and corporate vice president.Since my arrest in June 2011, I have been tried and declared guilty of thecrime of kidnap and murder of Maria Ridulph. A crime I did not, wouldnot and could not have done.This is the oldest, active cold case in American history. The kidnapoccurred on December 3, 1957 about 7pm.The FBI interviewed approximately 1,800 suspects. Several suspectswere of high interest and one man was positively identified by the onlyeye witness, Kathy Chapman. Thomas Rivard was identified onDecember 21, 1957 by Kathy Chapman in a lineup at a jail inMilwaukee, WI. The FBI actually filmed a movie of his appearance andthen distributed the movie to area police departments and residents of 
 
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Sycamore to view because he so strongly resembled the "Johnny" of Kathy Chapman's 8yr. old memory. No one ever said it resembled me.I was well known in the town of Sycamore and in the localneighborhood. And interestingly enough, Kathy Chapman’s father struck me with his car on April 1, 1947 as I was walking home from school tomy residence on Center Cross Street.Because I was called "Johnny" when I was young and because I lived ablock and a half away from Maria Ridulph, I was interviewed, given apolygraph test and thoroughly investigated and cleared by the FBI. Thesame FBI who later in my military career approved my Top SecretCrypto clearance for my position as an Army Intelligence Analyst.Now, 55 years later, by hearsay alone, I stand convicted of kidnap andmurder.I didn't know just how good the FBI agents were until I read some of the4,000 pages of discovery that were presented to my attorneys andinvestigator. However, one of my disappoints was to find out that thepeople that lived in my memory and in the FBI reports are now dead orsenile. Only one of the witnesses that were important to my alibi is stillalive. Colonel Theodore Liberwitz, who is 90 yrs. old, lives in a nursinghome and is a recent stroke victim. He is unable to recall myconversation with him that occurred on December 3, 1957 in the eveninghours between 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The second Air Force Officerthat I spoke with that evening, Technical Sergenat John Froom, isdeceased.Everything I told the FBI and everyone I encountered on the evening of December 3, 1957, were interviewed and or investigated. The reportsthat were most important to me still exist and they verify that I placed acollect phone call from Rockford, IL at 6:57 p.m. to my dad whoanswered the call at our residence in Sycamore, IL. The phone calllasted until 6:59 p.m. and it was verified by the collect call operator thatmy dad, did in fact, answer the call at our residence in Sycamore, IL.
 
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Dan Schaffer, the general manager for the Sycamore-Ogle TelephoneCompany confirmed this call on December 9, 1957 when the FBIinterviewed him.Colonel Liberwitz, Sgt. Froom and the general manger of the telephonecompany confirm that I was in Rockford, IL on December 3, 1957during the time that Maria Ridulph was kidnapped. Based on the FBIreports that were written at the time, Maria Ridulph was kidnapped at 7p.m.Also included in the 4,000 pages of FBI reports are exact details of thedescriptions that 8 year old Kathy Chapman gave at the time of thekidnapping, the time of the kidnapping and how the communityresponded.The FBI establishes that "Johnny" made contact with the two girls priorto 6:40 p.m. because according to Mrs. Ridulph's FBI statement, Mariaretrieved her doll at 6:40 p.m. The FBI reports, further establish thatMaria Ridulph was last seen at 7p.m. because Kathy Chapman asked“Johnny" what time it was before she left to get her mittens and"Johnny" replied: 7 p.m. The police and neighbors were all in the streetsby 8 p.m.These FBI reports were authored at the time of the disappearance; withinthem are the accurate details of the time, statements, and descriptions---unfortunately the same does not hold true for Kathy Chapman and theother witnesses’ memories.Your Honor, you partly based your guilty verdict on the testimony of two murderers and an undocumented Mexican rapist. Their story wasthat I told them that I strangled Maria Ridulph. In the first place whywould I tell them anything when I have FBI documents that exonerateme? And secondly, none of the witnesses supported their claims; noteven the forensic expert who testified.

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