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Updated: October 17, 2012 6:37AM

The cold case file ...

The alarm is being sounded in Seattle.

◆ Translation: Sneed has learned Illinois State Police chief Hiram Grau is alerting police in Seattle, Wash., that child murderer Jack Daniel McCullough — who was found guilty Friday of killing 7-year-old Maria Ridulph of Sycamore in 1957 — might have killed others in the Seattle area based on information from a prison informant.

◆ To wit: McCullough, a former Seattle cop who was convicted of killing Ridulph when he was 17 years old — was not only described as “giddy” while talking about killing the child to a fellow DeKalb County Jail inmate — but his admissions prompted the inmate to tell police “to reach out to authorities” in Seattle because he believed McCullough may have killed others, according to a police source.

◆ A shocking gift? Sources also told Sneed McCullough once gave his mother a box of earrings as a gift — but the box, which was tossed away long ago — “was full of unmatched earrings. No pairs. Just a box of single earrings, perhaps indicating they had belonged to victims of a criminal act,” said a police source.

◆ The reopening of the unsolved murder case began in 2008, when State Police received a tip that McCullough’s mother had fingered her son in a deathbed confession. McCullough’s mother, Eileen Tessier, who died of cancer in 1994, told her daughter, Janet Tessier: “John did it, John did it — and you have to tell someone.” (McCullough once went by the name John Tessier .)

◆ The closer: “Bringing this case to this conclusion is an amazing piece of investigative work,” said Grau, who noted families on both sides of the case have worked together to bring closure and justice to this cold case file.

Across the pond ...

Gobsmack central! The editor of the French magazine “Closer,” who published the topless photos of English royal duchess Kate Middleton, is Laurence Pieau — a woman.

◆Peeuuu Pieau? The French femme defended the decision calling the pix “joyful” and stating Kate was on a terrace that was visible from the road when they were photographed. “We must not be too dramatic about this,” she said.

◆The French connection: Last week, French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler won a judgment of $2,580 after the publication of photos of her in a bikini. Will a royal suit result in more Brit buckaroos? Stay tuned.

A Jordan jot ...

Card shard: His Airness Michael Jordan’s old American Express card, which expired in July 2005, hits the online auction block Oct. 10 at

◆ Minimum bid: $1,000.

◆ Who is the possessor of the card? An old girlfriend?

◆ Update: Jordan, who got engaged to his Cuban/model girlfriend, Yvette Prieto, around Christmastime last year, has yet to tie the knot.

Obamarama ...

A grade school kid in Fredericksburg, Va., asked first lady Michelle Obama a question Chicagoans would like to know the answer to on Thursday.

◆ The question: Where will the Obama family live if the president doesn’t win re-election?

◆ The answer: The first lady said they could figure that out later.

◆ The bet: It ain’t gonna be here.Being Heidi ...

An invitem item: Chicago legal eagle Joan Hall, who tossed a boffo book party recently for author/reporter Jodi The Obamas Kantor at her Gold Coast digs — as well as a fete for FDR’s granddaughter Anna Roosevelt — has become a hot ticket hostess.

◆ Last week, Hall put the spotlight on North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, who is running for the state’s open Senate seat — which is critical for Dem control of the Senate.

◆ The kicker: A “Drill, Baby Drill” candidate in America’s new “Boomtown” state, Heitkamp has no trouble criticizing Obama for not approving the Keystone Pipeline. “She’s tough,” said a Dem femme. “Her priorities are her state, not her political party, and it’s a Republican state. But she’s popular and she could pull it off.”

Sneedlings ...

Sunday’s birthdays: B.B. King, 87; Dawn Clark Netsch, (right), 86; Richard Marx, 49, and David Copperfield, 56.

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