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Piggyback Audiobook

Piggyback

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Vickie 05-11-16
    Vickie 05-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I Love true crime"

    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.
    I was provided this book at no cost by the author narrator or publisher for a honest review

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    April michelle Taylor 09-10-16
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    This book is absolutely great. Loved the ending. You should be a detective. loved it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    6catz 06-28-16
    6catz 06-28-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Robotic narrator"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Texas 06-16-16
    Lynn Texas 06-16-16
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    "Real Life Mystery, still to this day"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Piggyback to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Piggyback?

    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.


    What about John N Gully’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job with this story. I was interested from the start to the finish.


    If you could give Piggyback a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Justice gone so wrong


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    curt 06-02-16
    curt 06-02-16
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    "The complete story of Jack Mculloughs conviction"
    Any additional comments?

    Piggyback completed the story that the news media only began to tell about the conviction of Jack McCullough. Great investigative work by Jeff Doty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daman 05-31-16
    Daman 05-31-16
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    "Interesting true crime cold case...."
    What did you love best about Piggyback?

    The narration and the story made all the elements of a true crime book


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The nature of the case and all the facts which came together many years after the crime.


    Any additional comments?

    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Tomlinson 05-21-16
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    "An important work"

    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'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reg McKinney, TX 02-23-17
    Reg McKinney, TX 02-23-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting Twist to Cold Case"

    When little Maria Ridulph is taken from a busy neighborhood and murdered, it begins a 55 year old case that culminates in John Tessier (aka Jack McCullough) being arrested for the crime when he is 74 years old. Sounds sensational, no? Except that Tessier was cleared of the crime when it happened and the FBI interviewed him, he passed a lie detector test, and had a pretty airtight alibi. Not to mention that the logistics of his movements that night just would not work with the timeline of what took place and when Maria was taken.

    This listen has an interesting twist as the author goes into detail about himself and why he started writing the book and the connections he had with the case. He went out of his way, and became a bit repetitive, detailing his own motivations for writing the book. In my mind, he didn’t need to do this. The evidence itself made no sense and no sane person would think that there was a case against Tessier. My suspicions are more to why the prosecution thought there was a case, why Tessier’s family decided he was the murderer so long after the 1947 disappearance, and why his own sister would accuse him of rape based on regression therapy.

    It was a very, very interesting listen with a good narrator that did the material justice. The only thing I would have liked to hear is more about little Maria. The author prefaced everything with the details of the abduction and murder but it really would have been more honest to package it as a vindication story of Tessier. I believe the way the book is packaged now, it leaves out a huge chunk of the tale and leaves the first victim in the story behind.

    I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 05-18-16
    Charles 05-18-16
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    "Not much emotions but excellent research"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have liked more introduction into the case as it was new to me


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Emotions toward the victim plus introduction to the case


    Did John N Gully do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    In my opinion, the victim was left behind in this book


    Could you see Piggyback being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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
    This book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review

    All opinions are my own

    You can always find my full review on my blog - link in description

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Parker 05-13-16
    Jay Parker 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    What made the experience of listening to Piggyback the most enjoyable?

    Doty did a good job walking us through his investigative step and how he ultimately came to his conclusions.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jeffrey Dean Doty? Why or why not?

    Yes. This was my first "true crime" book, and he kept my attention until the end.


    What three words best describe John N Gully’s voice?

    clear, average, monotone


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The criminal justice system has more power than I realized.


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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