• by Jeffrey Dean Doty
  • Narrated by John N Gully
  • 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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?


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This book is absolutely great. Loved the ending. You should be a detective. loved it
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- April michelle Taylor

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.

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- Lynn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2016
  • Publisher: Jeffrey Dean Doty