Episode 16 The MURDER of Maria Ridulph

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Maria Ridulph

December 3rd, 1957

Maria birthday

This is the story of the abduction and murder of little Maria Ridulph from her neighborhood street in Sycamore, Illinois.

Who took Maria?


Many people have been suspected, one person was convicted, declared innocent, and is currently in the process of collecting money from anyone associated with the conviction.


Throughout it all, Maria’s family bore the constant turmoil of forces beyond their control. It’s been over 60 years since Maria was taken and killed. Will anyone ever be brought to justice?


How would YOU cope if you were the victim of sexual abuse as a child or if your family member was taken killed and thrown away like garbage?

Body found

What would you need to do in order to go on?

Find out how these folks have found their own ways to survive and live, despite the horrendous tragedies they endured.

Frances Michael Ridulph

Who do you think killed Maria?

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Music for this episode was created by the talented

Kai Engel

Music: Modum   Album: Caeli

Music: Rainfall Serenade    Album: Evening Colors

Link to more music by Kai Engel

Check out Kai’s website

Jack McCullough advocacy website with lots of great info


Jeanne Tessier’s Memoir, The Unspoken Truth


Charles Ridulph, The Impact Upon Secondary Victims


Documentary, Footprints in the Snow (produced after conviction, before certificate of innocence


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