Marie Dean Arrington just missed (by a couple of months) being the first woman to land on the FBI Most Wanted List.
Arrington was preceded by Ruth Eisemann-Schier, who kidnapped construction heiress Barbara Jane Mackle and buried her alive in a ventilated box in the Georgia woods. FBI agents were given directions to the box after Mackle’s father paid a $500,000 ransom.
Eisemann-Schier’s co-conspirator and boyfriend Gary Steven Krist was quickly captured, but Eisemann-Schier ended up on the Most Wanted List on Dec. 28, 1968. She was captured 79 days later and spent four years in prison before being paroled and deported to her native Honduras.
Krist was captured and sentenced to prison. In 1972, he authored the book Life: the Man Who Kidnapped Barbara Jane Mackle. He was paroled after serving 10 years, and was granted a pardon so he could become a doctor. His license was revoked in 2003. In 2006, Krist pleaded guilty to drug smuggling and was sentenced to five years and five months in prison. He was released in 2010. Two years later, Krist was sentenced for 40 months for leaving the country without permission.
Mackle chronicled her ordeal in the book 83 Hours ‘Til Dawn. She married and moved to Vero Beach. Her husband of 43 years passed away late last year.