But “had it not been for the assistance of the Seattle Police Department,” Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau wrote to Chief John Diaz, “it is unlikely that charges against Mr. McCullough would have been approved.” http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/How-Seattle-police-helped-solve-nation-s-oldest-4116762.php
As it has now been substantiated by Richard Schmack the complete impossibility of Jack McCullough being guilt of the murder of Maria Ridulph I think it is important to give a few of the officers credit for their involvement in the case.
Remember, Jack did not commit the crime, he is not guilty, there is no evidence of his guilt, yet the following officers in Seattle not only took part in his arrest, but they also TESTIFIED in court in Sycamore Illinois for the prosecution. They also stated publicly, to anyone who would listen, of Jack’s guilt.
I want the people in Seattle to understand, these Seattle Police officers helped put a man in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Irene Lau: Seattle Detective: testified that in Sycamore Illinois about Jack demeanor, and his perversion in talking about Maria Ridulph. Was involved in a fake lie detector test with Jack. Irene Lau falsified statements made by Jack and gave false testimony in court.
Cloyd Steiger: Seattle Homicide Detective: Testified in Sycamore Illinois to impute Jack’s testimony.
Michael Ciesynski: Seattle Homicide (Cold Case) Detective: Testified in Sycamore Illinios to impute Jack’s testimony.
Note: The above three people were flown to Sycamore Illinois because the prosecution felt their testimony was important to proving Jack McCullough was guilty.
If Jack is not guilty, then where in the world is the support of guilt coming from which warrants the Seattle Police to arrest him? Where is the accountability for their actions? How many other people are in prison right now because of their testimony? Will anyone but myself raise these question? (that last one was a rhetorical question, of course no one will ask.)
At issue from a Seattle standpoint in NOT what happened in Sycamore, but the involvement of Seattle police officer in not only the arrest of Jack McCullough based on a lack of evidence, but on the testimony they gave in court, and the public declarations they made to the press that he was guilty. Shoot, even on the Dr. Phil show.
Cloyd Steiger signed an arrest warrant with a charge of Homicide based on sufficient evidence when it has been shown there was not sufficient evidence. It is the responsibility of the Seattle Police Department to have cause before an arrest and extradition, not take someone’s word for it.
The search warrant say: “They were last seen playing about six PM on that date.” It is obvious Mr. Steiger signed his name to a document with glaring lies. There is a mixture of quotes from the FBI documents, and then just stuff made up, but nothing distinguishing the two on the search warrant. All this based on Mr. Steiger’s “My belief is based upon the following facts and circumstances.” In the search warrant there is also a mixing of “agents” it is hard to tell if the “agents” being talked about are from 1957, or 2010.
I wonder if Judge Michael Heavey realized he issued a search warrant based on lies.
The multiple hour interrogation of Mr. McCullough took place at the Seattle Police Department, and was supervised by the Seattle Police. They are responsible for the actions taken by out of state law enforcement while in a Seattle Police Department facility.
The story in Seattle should be the involvement of the Seattle Police Department, not on what happened in another state. Mrs. Sue McCullough did not loose her husband because of the Illinois police, she lost him because of the actions of the Seattle Police. If the above listed officers had done their job and spent less time primping for their photo op, Jack would have never been where he is today.
But here is the beauty, because of the Seattle Police Union contract, no discipline can be taken against an officer if the complaint is filed three years after the incident. So, Everyone gets to keep all the raises they got because of the case. Everyone wins…. but the victim; Jack McCullough.