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(STLToday)   Ex cop convicted in 1957 murder of 7 year old girl, this is not a repeat from 1958   (stltoday.com) divider line 40
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2012-09-15 11:33:21 AM  
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Please tell me there's a statute of limitations...
 
2012-09-15 11:35:32 AM  
Send him to the general population and save us some old guy medical bills.
 
2012-09-15 11:38:04 AM  
Good. Farker needed to be locked away for a long time. Something tells me we need to look more closely at his record while he was a cop. Something tells me a few suspects 'disappeared' while in his car.
 
2012-09-15 11:41:56 AM  
Too Bad the farker got to live out a long life, unlike his victim. In this case I guess it's better late than never. *SIGH*. I really, really, hate farkers that prey on the defenseless.
 
2012-09-15 11:44:21 AM  

Rufus Lee King: I hope that's the right guy.


Meh-- he was a cop. I am sure he deserves to go to jail for something he did during his tenure as a police officer anyways.

OTOH. All child molesters, aggravated kidnappers, rapists, and 2nd offense DWI'ers need to go to jail for life. No second chance. IMO.
 
2012-09-15 11:44:57 AM  

meh...: Too Bad the farker got to live out a long life, unlike his victim. In this case I guess it's better late than never. *SIGH*. I really, really, hate farkers that prey on the defenseless.


Well, with any luck he'll be spending the rest of his miserable life as a living cum rag I suspect....

/he'll know what defenseless feels like very soon....
 
2012-09-15 11:45:29 AM  

thatboyoverthere: Good. Farker needed to be locked away for a long time. Something tells me we need to look more closely at his record while he was a cop. Something tells me a few suspects 'disappeared' while in his car.


Also unsolved missing kid cases in his area. It would surprise me if this was the only little girl he found "stunningly beautiful."
 
2012-09-15 11:46:40 AM  
Was his name Rollo Tommasi?
 
2012-09-15 11:48:47 AM  

Rufus Lee King: I hope that's the right guy.


Circumstantially, the unused train ticket on the day of the victim's disappearance seems to blow his alibi.
 
2012-09-15 11:49:28 AM  
There is a reason he changed his name.
 
2012-09-15 11:49:48 AM  
It's almost like sociopaths are attracted to one line of work.
 
2012-09-15 11:50:15 AM  
No worries now about outliving his retirement fund!
 
2012-09-15 11:51:43 AM  

poe_zlaw: OTOH. All child molesters, aggravated kidnappers, rapists, and 2nd offense DWI'ers need to go to jail for life. No second chance. IMO.



I'm with ya but I refuse to put someone who blew a .09 twice on the same list as rapists, child molesters and kidnappers....


If they kill someone with their asshattery, then I think we should put them in the rape bin for life......
 
2012-09-15 11:52:19 AM  
Seems like pretty flimsy evidence. I hope they had a lot more at trial than what they mentioned in the article. Eye-witness testimony is very shaky, and this guy was put away based on the observations of a 7 year-old girl 55 farking years ago? That and an unused train ticket. I'm assuming that's not all there is...?
 
2012-09-15 11:53:14 AM  

special20: Rufus Lee King: I hope that's the right guy.

Circumstantially, the unused train ticket on the day of the victim's disappearance seems to blow his alibi.


Perhaps, but that being the only real evidence makes me a bit uneasy. Eye-witness testimony is shaky enough, let alone being from a kid 50 years ago.

Don't get me wrong, I'm fairly confident he did it and I don't feel sorry for him. It's amusing that he was utimately damned by his own apparent nostalgic souvenir.

I'm just not sure this is enough for a conviction.
 
2012-09-15 11:58:22 AM  
The old "dying declaration" exception to the hearsay rule! I wonder if they used his mother's statement as evidence.

Anyway...

Irene Lau, a Seattle investigator who interviewed McCullough last year, said McCullough remembered Maria, calling her 'stunningly beautiful." But he maintained he had nothing to do with her disappearance or death.

Somewhat reminiscent of Jerry Sandusky's evasive answer to Bob Costas's question about whether he was attracted to young boys. Just say no, dude.

Finally...

McCullough later enlisted in the military, and ultimately settled in Seattle where he worked as a police officer in the state of Washington.

Which is good because if you live in Seattle, it's really tough to be a police officer in the state of Idaho.
 
2012-09-15 11:59:44 AM  
And another pig bites the dust.
 
2012-09-15 12:08:28 PM  

Wasilla Hillbilly: special20: Rufus Lee King: I hope that's the right guy.

Circumstantially, the unused train ticket on the day of the victim's disappearance seems to blow his alibi.

Perhaps, but that being the only real evidence makes me a bit uneasy. Eye-witness testimony is shaky enough, let alone being from a kid 50 years ago.

Don't get me wrong, I'm fairly confident he did it and I don't feel sorry for him. It's amusing that he was utimately damned by his own apparent nostalgic souvenir.

I'm just not sure this is enough for a conviction.


I agreee. I'm all for putting him in jail to rot for life if he did it, but as it is the only evidence they seemed to have against him is an unused train ticket and testimony from someone who was around 7 years old 50 years ago. I'd much prefer some hard evidence.
 
2012-09-15 12:32:27 PM  
If his Mother's deathbed revelation was true, she deserves to have her grave shiat on for keeping that "secret" for almost 40 years.
 
2012-09-15 12:47:21 PM  
I read where he was ratted out by a female friend. No law enforcement investigative effort required.
 
2012-09-15 12:50:53 PM  
We got this.

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Thank you ImageShack.us
 
2012-09-15 01:07:33 PM  
The sound of sobbing overtook the room as the cheers and applause faded after Judge James Hallock pronounced Jack McCullough guilty of murder, kidnapping and abduction in Maria Ridulph's death.

/Judge Hallock is my brother-in-law.
//CSB
 
2012-09-15 01:10:24 PM  
McCullough was on a list of suspects in 1957. But he had an alibi, saying that he had traveled to Chicago that day to get a medical exam before enlisting in the Air Force.

The case was reopened after his old girlfriend contacted police with evidence calling his alibi into question - she had found his unused train ticket from Rockford to Chicago on the day Maria disappeared. He was arrested on July 1, 2011, in Washington state at a retirement home where he worked as a security guard.


This guy had held on to the one piece of incriminating evidence against him for over 50 years?

I've heard that some criminals subconsciously want to be caught. Maybe there's something to that.
 
2012-09-15 01:16:24 PM  
Is he still on paid adminstrative leave?
 
2012-09-15 01:31:40 PM  
JUST LEAVE ME TO LIE HERE

media.egotvonline.com
 
2012-09-15 01:33:46 PM  

Avery614: poe_zlaw: OTOH. All child molesters, aggravated kidnappers, rapists, and 2nd offense DWI'ers need to go to jail for life. No second chance. IMO.


I'm with ya but I refuse to put someone who blew a .09 twice on the same list as rapists, child molesters and kidnappers....


If they kill someone with their asshattery, then I think we should put them in the rape bin for life......


Makes perfect sense. Let's wait until they kill someone first to put them in prison. That's why I said blow twice. If you drive drunk once, you get a stern warning and a massive fine. You do it twice, you obviously dont have any respect for others around you and it is only a matter of time until you kill someone. You deserve to go to jail for a long, long, long time.
 
2012-09-15 01:41:39 PM  
So, a 55 year old train ticket, some eyewitnesses from 55 years ago, and some hearsay from 18 years ago are enough to put someone in prison for murder? No matter how much you think he did it, this should scare everyone.
 
2012-09-15 01:46:20 PM  
rottencotton.com
 
2012-09-15 02:34:42 PM  
It all happened in an era when child abductions, if not unheard of, rarely made headlines.

Public interest had been worn out during the 1930s, when kidnappings for ransom became an epidemic and kidnapping became a federal rap. After that, the press didn't give a damn anymore. Especially if no money was involved - life was a lot cheaper than money in the 30s, especially a child's life.
 
2012-09-15 02:51:52 PM  

poe_zlaw: Makes perfect sense. Let's wait until they kill someone first to put them in prison. That's why I said blow twice. If you drive drunk once, you get a stern warning and a massive fine. You do it twice, you obviously dont have any respect for others around you and it is only a matter of time until you kill someone. You deserve to go to jail for a long, long, long time.


You know what, I don't do this often, especially on fark, but I can agree with that. You're right, they shouldn't wait for someone to die before handling the problem. I just had a problem putting them in the same list as the others and my first thought was; "So now they'll be letting rapists out of prison to incarcerate DWI drivers and drug offenders". However I think your logic works better than my previous thoughts.
 
2012-09-15 03:05:00 PM  

Rufus Lee King: I hope that's the right guy.


FTFA:

"McCullough waived his right for a jury trial and opted for a bench trial."

Even OJ wanted a trial.
 
2012-09-15 03:30:45 PM  

Mouser: This guy had held on to the one piece of incriminating evidence against him for over 50 years?


I am not saying he is innocent, but I keep all my old plane tickets and movie ticket stubs. You have to ask, which I am sure they did, is did he keep other stuff like this. Also how do we know it wasn't used? I can show you more then a few movie tickets with the stub still attached, so did I buy these tickets then not go see the movie. I hope they have more evidence then what was listed myself.
 
2012-09-15 03:50:49 PM  
My mom and her sisters knew the little girl. My aunt was good friends with the girl who narrowly avoided being abducted. They knew the guy who did it and were relieved to see closure after all these years.

/ncsb
 
2012-09-15 03:57:31 PM  

OnlyM3: It's almost like sociopaths are attracted to one line of work.


Elected office?
 
2012-09-15 04:01:10 PM  

Avery614: poe_zlaw: Makes perfect sense. Let's wait until they kill someone first to put them in prison. That's why I said blow twice. If you drive drunk once, you get a stern warning and a massive fine. You do it twice, you obviously dont have any respect for others around you and it is only a matter of time until you kill someone. You deserve to go to jail for a long, long, long time.

You know what, I don't do this often, especially on fark, but I can agree with that. You're right, they shouldn't wait for someone to die before handling the problem. I just had a problem putting them in the same list as the others and my first thought was; "So now they'll be letting rapists out of prison to incarcerate DWI drivers and drug offenders". However I think your logic works better than my previous thoughts.


This is ridiculous. The internet is no place for a rational, give-and-take discussion wherein one party is persuaded to re-evaluate their previously reasonable opinion and accept that the position of the other person is actually a better fit for their own personal worldview. I can't condone this and will not be a party to it.
 
2012-09-15 04:28:28 PM  

Vegan T-Rex: Avery614: poe_zlaw: Makes perfect sense. Let's wait until they kill someone first to put them in prison. That's why I said blow twice. If you drive drunk once, you get a stern warning and a massive fine. You do it twice, you obviously dont have any respect for others around you and it is only a matter of time until you kill someone. You deserve to go to jail for a long, long, long time.

You know what, I don't do this often, especially on fark, but I can agree with that. You're right, they shouldn't wait for someone to die before handling the problem. I just had a problem putting them in the same list as the others and my first thought was; "So now they'll be letting rapists out of prison to incarcerate DWI drivers and drug offenders". However I think your logic works better than my previous thoughts.

This is ridiculous. The internet is no place for a rational, give-and-take discussion wherein one party is persuaded to re-evaluate their previously reasonable opinion and accept that the position of the other person is actually a better fit for their own personal worldview. I can't condone this and will not be a party to it.


Personally instead of punishing deviant behaviour which we have seen a million times doesn't prevent the crime from happening again, I'd opt to figure out why there are still drunk drivers. A mass transit system that is cheap to use and fast would make people want to use it, drunk or otherwise. Drunk driving problem solved. We should engineer more attractive options and crime will then stop because its more of a hassle to drive than to use the PubTran. Instead, we will continue to have *justice* and people will continue to die, have our rights violated on random road blocks and the like.
 
2012-09-15 04:43:55 PM  

AbsentFriends: OnlyM3: It's almost like sociopaths are attracted to one line of work.

Elected office?


Only those with above average deviousness. The dumb ones just become cops.
 
2012-09-15 06:25:07 PM  

OnlyM3: It's almost like sociopaths are attracted to one line of work.


law enforcement, military, politics, management
 
2012-09-16 05:48:22 AM  

Diogenes Teufelsdrockh: AbsentFriends: OnlyM3: It's almost like sociopaths are attracted to one line of work.

Elected office?

Only those with above average deviousness. The dumb ones just become cops.


I agree with that. The guys I knew in high school who became cops later were both serious bullies in high school. The "police force" attracts these types, apparently (well, we get article after article about cops who are bullies and abusive). Some guys get a tiny bit of power and wield it like they are Caesar.

That said, glad they got this guy even this many years later.

And finally... life imprisonment for 2-time DWI people? Uh, not gonna lump them in with rapists, kidnapers and murderers, no. Stupid dumb farks who should be forced into treatment (they pay for) and have their licenses suspended for the duration? Yes.
 
2012-09-16 10:00:49 AM  

Wasilla Hillbilly: special20: Rufus Lee King: I hope that's the right guy.

Circumstantially, the unused train ticket on the day of the victim's disappearance seems to blow his alibi.

Perhaps, but that being the only real evidence makes me a bit uneasy. Eye-witness testimony is shaky enough, let alone being from a kid 50 years ago.

Don't get me wrong, I'm fairly confident he did it and I don't feel sorry for him. It's amusing that he was utimately damned by his own apparent nostalgic souvenir.

I'm just not sure this is enough for a conviction.


I tentatively agree - but the souvenir does smack of serial killer psycho pattern. Why even have the ticket saved? What significance would it have had otherwise? One more damning piece of evidence would be nice, for sure.
 
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