Life Sentence In 55-Year-Old Murder

A 73-year-old man was sentenced on Monday to life in prison for the kidnapping and murder of Maria Ridulph in 1957—putting an end to what is believed to be the nation’s oldest cold case to be put to trial and result in a conviction. Jack Daniel McCullough, who was 17 at the time of the murder, claimed on Monday that he was framed by corrupt police and prosecutors. McCullough, who went by John Tessier in 1957, was questioned in the early days of the case, but was never considered a suspect since he said he had been receiving a physical for the Air Force at the time of the murder.