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Taken: The Coldest Case Ever Solved
The 1957 kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph is the nation's oldest cold case to go to trial, CNN reports. It required family members to turn against one of their own and haunted a small town for 55 years. The case was reopened after a dying woman implicated her son 36 years after the fact. Prosecutors relied heavily on evidence that in the past has often proven unreliable: eyewitness identification and the testimony of informants. Much of the physical evidence in the case was lost or destroyed over the years. Jack McCullough, convicted last September of kidnapping and murdering Maria Ridulph, maintains his innocence.