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Footsteps In The Snow On LMN (VIDEO) !


Every now and then you get lucky. That’s what happened when I came across some extraordinary video while researching my new nonfiction book, Footsteps in the Snow.  The book investigates the coldest case in U.S. history ever to be brought to justice. Maria Ridulph was kidnapped from a street corner in Sycamore, Illinois in 1957. The killer, Jack McCullough, was convicted of her murder in 2012 – a span of 55 years. How that all came to happen is quite a story.


The video in question was taken in the early 1980s, when McCullough, who was then known as John Tessier, worked as a photographer in Washington State. It shows him with several nude models during a photo session. McCullough says he always behaved like a professional during these photo shoots. He once compared his relationship to his models to “being lovers without ever touching.” That may be – but considering his murder conviction the video is disturbing. Back then, McCullough was a good looking fellow with a Magnum, P.I. mustache and a raffish manner about him. In the video, he looks like a Hugh Hefner-wannabe, via small town USA.



I found the video in Texas, where the guy who shot it now lives. Lucky for me he kept it all these years.


The video is featured in the LMN documentary based on my book. There’s also a web extra with additional material that you won’t see on the documentary. McCullough insists his photography work was artistic. “I’m sorry, but nobody under the age of 18 ever took their clothes off in front of me,” he says.


The documentary airs Monday November 24th at 8 pm EST on LMN and again at midnight on November 25th. You have to see it to believe it. Incredible stuff. Here is a quick peek:



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