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Ruth Eisemann-Schier was the first woman to break the Ten Most Wanted list's gender barrier in 1968. Eisemann-Schier and her love, Gary Steven Krist, kidnapped Barbara Jane Mackle, an Emory University student and construction heiress. The pair demanded a $500,000 ransom from Mackle's father, and buried Mackle alive in a ventilated box in the woods of Georgia until the ranson was paid. Upon receiving the money, the criminal pair called the FBI with directions to where Mackle was hidden and fled. Mackle spent over 80 hours underground but was found alive and in relatively good health. Krist was soon caught by police but Eisemann-Schier proved to be harder to find. She finally was found 79 days after appearing on the Ten Most Wanted list. She spent four years in prison and was then deported to her native Honduras.
Author: Jacqueline Alemany