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Question 4: What time did it get dark outside?
Perhaps the answer has to do with the difference in their ages. Kathy was 8. Maria was 7. Tessier was 18. Think back to when you were a kid. Do you remember any of the teenagers from your neighborhood?
This question stirred considerable debate; it deals with the disputed time of the kidnapping and whether Kathy Sigman could get a good look at the kidnapper. Central Time. It is not clear whether the FBI ever verified when the show aired, but CNN does not have the full set of FBI reports. Maria father, Michael, used a whistle to call her. Maria had a tendency to wander off. Her father was embarrassed about a year earlier when she wandered away and turned up just as a search party was being organized. Her brother, Chuck, also later expressed regret that he did not wave down a passing patrol car while they searched for her.
Question 3: Kathy described "Johnny" as having long blond hair but the photos show him with brown hair.
to search for her.
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Many amateur sleuths told us they devoured the tale of the 1957 kidnapping and murder of Maria Ridulph in a single sitting. Then they filled the comments sections with some very good questions. We know some of the answers. But other mysteries remain, perhaps forever. Such is the nature of cold cases.
Police and prosecutors say Tessier had an eerie fixation with Maria.
We have no way of knowing what Kathy and Maria parents knew about the Grimes case, but the crime was well known in the Chicago area. The Grimes sisters were older and lived much closer to the city. Barbara and Patricia Grimes, ages 15 and 13, vanished in December 1956 on the way to see the Elvis Presley movie "Love Me Tender." Their bodies were found in a field in January 1957. The Grimes case remains unsolved to this day.
known, had more reason to know and remember the Ridulph and Sigman families. Maria sisters put on backyard plays, and he told CNN that he recalled attending one as a boy. An old newspaper account reveals a strange twist: At the age of 8, Tessier was struck by a taxicab driven by Kathy father.
Christine Tessier vanished in 2005 at age 34; her body was identified in June 2013. She was found in the drainage ditch of a golf course in San Antonio, Texas, shortly after she disappeared. But the body was so badly decomposed it went unidentified for years. Police are investigating the case as a homicide but are saying little else. Jack McCullough and his wife, Sue, say he was in Seattle at the time Christine vanished. He says he could not afford to go to Texas Adidas Hat With Gold
Black and white photographs make hair appear to be darker than it is, particularly the hair color popularly known as "dishwater blond."
may be considered "solved" but still raise questions that can be answered. That is true of CNN five part series, "Taken: The coldest case ever solved." Readers delved into the details like armchair detectives.
We cross checked our readers lists with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and The Charley Project. I be surprised if every cop with a cold case on his desk hasn already checked CODIS, the national DNA database, where McCullough DNA profile now resides. But in the meantime, here a complete list of cold cases involving women in Washington state. The oldest dates back to 1973.
Question 2: If only police had let Kathy get a look at Johnny Tessier in 1957, this whole case might have turned out differently. Why didn they?
8 questions from armchair detectives about the oldest cold case
The Missing: Teresa Kay Davis, age 18, 1973 Laurie Lynn Partridge, 17, 1974 Angela Mae Meeker, 13, 1974 Loralee Sue Lhotka, 20, 1975 Carlotta Maria Sanchez, 12, 1979 Andria Ann Bailey, 16, 1979 Christina Lee White, 12, 1979 Carla Kaylene Owens, 14, 1981 Kase Ann Lee, 16, 1982 Patricia Ann LeBlanc, 15, 1983 Patricia Ann Osbourne, 19, 1983 Kelli Kay McGinnis, 18, 1983 Pollyanne Jean Carter, 15, 1984 Diane Robbins, 13, 1985 Kimberley Kay Kersey, 18, 1987 Darci Renae Warde, 16, 1990
John Tessier was aware of the Grimes case; he mentioned it to an Air Force recruiter on December 4, 1957. According to the FBI report, he "appeared well read on the Grimes murder." He also mentioned that he was glad he wasn in Sycamore the previous night because a little girl had gone missing. He added that he never be considered a suspect in the Sycamore case because his girlfriend father was a deputy sheriff, the FBI reports state.
Several readers asked why Kathy Sigman didn know or recognize John Tessier as the kidnapper who called himself "Johnny," especially if he lived a couple of blocks away in this small town. He certainly seemed to know who Maria was.
John Tessier did pass a polygraph test on December 10, 1957, and the FBI agent who administered the test believed that a teenager would not have been able to hide his involvement. The day after he was cleared, Tessier left town and joined the Air Force.
He returned four years later, but by then Kathy Sigman and her family were living on the other side of town.
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Question 8: I curious about a part of this story that wasn elaborated on, the disappearance of his daughter. Is he a suspect in that as well?
Finally, the Maria Ridulph case is but one mystery among thousands, as two readers reminded us. They provided a list of some of the cold cases involving girls and teens from Washington state, where Jack McCullough lived for decades. They want his DNA checked.
It is clear from reading local news accounts that there was a strong feeling among local law enforcement officials that the kidnapping must have been the work of someone passing through town. That bias likely shaped the investigation.
Question 7: I remember this case well. It reminded me of the Grimes sisters, which happened a year before. Why didn these people keep a better eye on their children?
While our list might not be complete, it worth taking a moment to remember these lost girls:
CNN was unable to obtain all of the police and FBI reports some remain under seal. So it cannot be fully explained why Kathy never got a look at Tessier at the time. He did not have a criminal record then, so there would have New Era Indianapolis Colts been no mug shot. Later, Kathy told us, she was never allowed inside the Tessier house after the kidnapping. She wonders now if there were too many secrets inside. Was his mother afraid she make the connection?
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