Holding the current record for the longest cold case that was solved is the murder of seven-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957. The young girl vanished from her Sycamore, Illinois home one winter without a trace, and her decomposing body was found the next year. A suspect was identified – a young man named John Tessier – but he had an ironclad alibi: he was on a train at the time, and he had witnesses to back him up. The cops let him go and the gruesome murder was never solved. However, science has a way of punishing the guilty, and when Ridulph’s corpse was exhumed in 2011 for additional DNA testing, it pointed the finger at Tessier again. His train alibi was also disproved when a girlfriend found his ticket unpunched. Now going by the name Jack McCullough, he was arrested in Seattle and charged with the crime in September of 2012. After 55 years, he was sentenced to two life terms.
From 'Rehearsing the nativity play:'
Geraldine: "Now Alice, you're playing Mary - you're young, you're unmarried, you're a virgin, and yet you find out you're pregnant."
Owen: "That happened to my cousin Sally."
Geraldine: "No it didn't, Owen."
Owen: "She gave birth three times but she never ever had sex with a man."
Jim: "Except me."
Frank: "And me."
Owen: "And me, if I'm honest."