’48 Hours’ Goes Inside the Investigation of What Authorities Say is the Oldest Cold Case Ever Prosecuted in the US
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“48 HOURS” GOES INSIDE THE INVESTIGATION OF WHAT AUTHORITIES SAY IS THE OLDEST COLD CASE EVER PROSECUTED IN THE U.S. IN
“COLD AS ICE” – SATURDAY, SEPT. 14, 2013, 10:00 PM, ET/PT
Erin Moriarty and 48 HOURS return to the case of what authorities say was the oldest cold case ever to be prosecuted in United States history in an updated encore of “Cold as Ice,” to be broadcast Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The case tests the memories of witnesses and forces a family to expose dark secrets as part of getting justice for the family of Maria Ridulph, a 7-year-old girl who in 1957 was snatched from a quiet street in Sycamore, Ill., and found dead five months later. The story raises questions about the statute of limitations for such cases and how long is too long to rely on old information.
Ridulph was kidnapped while playing with a friend when a man named Johnny approached them. Ridulph’s friend went inside to get her mittens and when she returned, Maria was gone. The investigation captured the attention of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and FBI head J. Edgar Hoover. Eventually, the case grew cold and was unsolved for 55 years, until a deathbed confession led police to Jack McCullough. But did he know what happened to Maria Ridulph? In an interview with Moriarty, McCullough says he’s “not a murderer.”
48 HOURS: “Cold As Ice” is produced by Greg Fisher, Judy Rybak and Peter Henderson. Claire Anderson and Emily Wichick are the associate producers. David Franklin is the producer-editor. Maria Barrow and Richard Barber are the editors. Kate Harrington is the update producer. Suzanne Allen is the senior coordinating producer. Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.