On the evening of December 3rd, 1957, seven-year-old Maria Ridulph and her eight-year-old friend, Kathy Sigman, were playing in the new fallen snow on a street corner in the sleepy town of Sycamore, Illinois. A stranger approached the girls, introduced himself as "Johnny" and offered them piggyback rides. When Kathy Sigman ran home to get her mittens, she left Maria and Johnny behind on the street corner. Little did she know that she would be the last person to see Maria Ridulph alive.
The FBI was called in and the search for Maria and her kidnapper caught the nation's attention. President Eisenhower and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover demanded daily reports from the field agents. Nearly six months later, Maria's remains were discovered in a thicket 100 miles away. The search for Maria's killer went on, but all leads were slowly exhausted and finally the case went cold.
A series of events begun by a mother's deathbed confession led to Jack D. McCullough being convicted for the murder of Maria Ridulph 55 years after the crime, making it the oldest cold case in U.S. history ever to be successfully prosecuted. Follow along with the author as he investigates this historic event to discover if justice was truly served, or was another tragedy piled on top of the first, riding piggyback?
©2014 Jeffrey Dean Doty (P)2016 Jeffrey Dean Doty
I haven't read the book, so can not compare.
I did go online after listening to the book for updates and pictures. What a touching and sad story for the family of Maria, but the wrong man was convicted.
The whole story of how the they went after Jack years later. What? Why? There were so many obvious lies and he HAD AN ALIBI! What a misuse of justice there. I was happy to find he has since been released.
He did a great job with this story. I was interested from the start to the finish.
Justice gone so wrong
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Piggyback completed the story that the news media only began to tell about the conviction of Jack McCullough. Great investigative work by Jeff Doty.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
The narration and the story made all the elements of a true crime book
The nature of the case and all the facts which came together many years after the crime.
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Jeff Doty's Piggyback was the only publication, book or article, to get it right. Jack McCullough was convicted of a crime he did not commit. John Gully's narration is wonderful. His pleasing, easy to listen to voice gives us a very worthwhile added value to this true crime expose'.
I would have liked more introduction into the case as it was new to me
Emotions toward the victim plus introduction to the case
In my opinion, the victim was left behind in this book
The author has done an excellent job with his research one can feel how the case has gotten under the skin of the writer I like that. But once again I would have liked more introduction to the case and some emotions toward the victim
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Doty did a good job walking us through his investigative step and how he ultimately came to his conclusions.
Yes. This was my first "true crime" book, and he kept my attention until the end.
clear, average, monotone
The criminal justice system has more power than I realized.
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Although I love true crime, I found this book to be a little dry. I don't know if it was the author or the narrator but I could not get into it. Saying that I found the case and the overall story very interesting.
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This case, the murder of 7 year old Maria Ridulph, spanned over 55 years. It obviously touched many people's lives in a harsh, negative manner. Yet most persevered.
When the case started to come together so many years after the crime.
This was written as a narrative. Told in the first person, for the most part from the perspective of the author. I felt the narrator, John N Gully's narrative lent itself to the effort. It kept my interest throughout.
The long overdue trial. It's outcome is controversial. Was justice served?
I enjoyed this book very much. I enjoy true crime stories, but wasn't familiar with this one. Other than the historic significance of the oldest cold case ... this isnt a front page story like Bundy, Dahlmer, etc. But I empathized with the victim, families and community.
Thank you for making it available!
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I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
About 20 minutes in and I just can't see myself listening to this narrator for the upcoming hours. SO dry and almost inappropriately cheerful sounding - in other words utterly disconnected from the content. The writing sounds fine, like the author may have an interesting perspective on this very interesting case, but I think I'll find a YouTube documentary instead. Returning it.
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