Footsteps in the Snow

Footsteps in the Snow

Book - 2014
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It was a shocking true crime that left two families shattered, and became the coldest case in U.S. history.
Who really killed little Maria? The question fueled a real-life nightmare in Sycamore, Illinois...

1957. Sycamore, Illinois. Christmas was three weeks away, and seven-year-old Maria Ridulph went out to play. Soon after, a figure emerged out of the falling snow. He was very friendly. Minutes later, Maria vanished, leaving behind an abandoned doll and footsteps in the snow.

In April, a spring thaw gave up Maria's body in a nearby wooded area. The case attracted national attention, including that of the FBI and President Eisenhower. In all, seventy-four men and three women fell under suspicion. But no one was ever charged with the crime.

Incredibly, fifty-five years later, the coldest case in the history of American jurisprudence would be reopened. It happened after a seventy-four-year-old former neighbor of the Ridulphs named Eileen Tessier made a stunning deathbed confession to her family about a dark past, and a darker secret they knew nothing about. Two families would be joined by despair and retribution, and in an astounding turn of events, Maria Ridulph's killer would finally be brought to justice.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, c2014
ISBN: 9780425272886
Branch Call Number: Pbk 364.1523 LAC


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Jul 15, 2018

This fascinating and well-researched book is credit to it’s author. He paints an effective portrait of the lost world of the midwestern 1950’s and a compelling portrait of primary characters in the story. It can take its place among the increasing amount of evidence that mid-century America was a much darker place than the “vanilla” decade many believe.
The book is copyrighted 2014 and the last event recorded is in 2013. So, the author was unable to record the subsequent events that led to the release of the man convicted of the “the coldest case in U. S. history.” In April 2017 the court actually declared him innocent. Therefore, this case is still unsolved.

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