The Barbara Mackle and Gary Krist buried alive kidnapping story is airing tomorrow night on Investigation Discovery‘s A Crime To Remember. It’s a 50-year-old case that made headlines in 1968, when Gary Krist and his Honduran lover, Ruth Eisemann-Schier, kidnapped Barbara Mackle, the daughter of wealthy land developer Robert Mackle, for ransom money. Barbara Jane Mackle was buried alive but survived the terrifying ordeal and told her story.
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Posted by Investigation Discovery on Friday, March 2, 2018
Kidnapped: Barbara Mackle–The Real Girl In The Box
The story of Barbara Mackle happened in December of 1968, during the Christmas holidays. According to court records, Barbara Jane Mackle, a 20-year-old university student, was snatched from her motel room in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was staying with her mother. Jane Mackle had arrived from Coral Gables, Florida to take care of her sick daughter.
Everything changed when Gary Krist and Ruth Eisemann-Schier knocked on the door. The armed thugs barged their way inside and stole Barbara Mackle. After her mother was found alive in the motel room, she told FBI investigators what occurred. An intense search for Barbara ensued.
FBI investigators said the target was Robert Mackle, a rich man, who made his money in land development. Gary Krist, a petty car thief and escaped convict, knew he could make some quick cash. The plan was to grab it and escape to a foreign land, where he expected to live in luxury.
The plan almost worked. However, Krist underestimated the FBI’s ability to solve cases fast. According to Time, kidnapper Gary Krist left a ransom note in a bottle at Robert Mackle’s home with detailed instructions, which included a demand for the delivery of $500,000 in a suitcase.
Meanwhile, Barbara Mackle, desperate and sick with Hong Kong flu, was buried in a coffin under the ground with a limited air supply that would run out after several hours. The kidnappers took a photo of Barbara inside the box with a large card on top of her chest that read, ” Kidnapped.”
Pada tahun 1968, Barbara Mackle, 20 tahun, diculik oleh Gary Krist dan Ruth Eisemann-Schier. Barbara dikubur di dalam sebuah lubang dan tertutup di dalam sebuah kotak. Di dalam lubang itu ada pompa udara, lampu senter, air, & makanan. pic.twitter.com/EMtfvwFHMm
— Cerita Dunia (@HistoriDunia) November 15, 2017
Though the girl in the box had air, she still worried the kidnappers wouldn’t return. Barbara Mackle prayed for her “daddy” to find her. Lucky for her, Robert Mackle and the FBI were able to locate her in time.
The dramatic rescue came after Gary Krist picked up the money and contacted the FBI to tell them where he’d buried the girl. By the time they’d saved her, Gary Krist had bought a boat and was headed to the Bahamas. He was ultimately captured in Florida and arrested for the kidnapping. Police also located Ruth Eisemann-Schier, who had left Gary Krist high and dry. Applying for a job in Oklahoma left a fingerprint trail that connected her to the abduction.
In the end, Gary Krist was sentenced to life in prison but was released on parole a few short years later. Ruth Eisemann-Schier was given seven years but was also released much earlier. After her release, Ruth Eisemann-Schier was deported to Honduras. Barbara Mackle’s “girl in the box” abduction story garnered plenty of attention in the news, and it led to the production of at least two movies based on the case.
Find out about the movies and where they are now. Ruth even has a Facebook page. A Crime To Remember will air the Barbara Mackle (Gary Krist) true story on Saturday, March 3, at 10 p.m. on Investigation Discovery Channel.
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