Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Better Late Than Never: Man Sentenced for 1957 Murder

On the evening of December 3, 1957, Maria Ridulph, 7, was out playing in the fresh snow with friends near her home in Sycamore, Illinois. She was snatched off a street corner and and the subsequent search made national headlines until her body was found a few months later in a field 120 miles away. More than five decades later, justice finally came for the man convicted of her killing.

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