Gary Stephen Krist

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Gary Stephen Krist
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
Charges Kidnapping
Born (1945-04-29) April 29, 1945 (age 68)
Added December 20, 1968
Caught December 22, 1968
Number 292

Gary Stephen Krist (born April 29, 1945) is an American convicted of being a career criminal in the trafficking of illegal aliens.

Early life[edit]

Born in Pelican, Alaska, he lived part of his childhood in Utah. His first recorded crime was a string of robberies at the age of 14.[1]

Mackle kidnapping[edit]

He is most well known for kidnapping and burying heiress Barbara Jane Mackle alive in a ventilated box in 1968. After receiving $500,000 in ransom money, he was captured and sentenced to life in prison.[1]

While imprisoned, Krist wrote a book, Life: The Man Who Kidnapped Barbara Jane Mackle, published in 1972 (ISBN 0-7004-0100-8).


He was paroled after serving 10 years. Krist was granted a pardon so that he could become a doctor. He practiced medicine in Chrisney, Indiana but was released after a newspaper story revealed his past. His license was revoked in 2003 as a result of lying about disciplinary action received during his residency.

New crimes[edit]

Krist chartered a boat to South America in January 2006. When he returned on March 6, 2006, authorities were waiting for him and discovered four illegal aliens, who paid $6,000 each to come to the United States, and 14 kilograms of cocaine in paste form valued at around US$1 million. He was arrested in Point Clear, Alabama, for conspiracy to bring cocaine and illegal aliens into the United States. It was also discovered that he was running a cocaine operation in Barrow County, Georgia. On May 16, 2006, Krist pleaded guilty to drug smuggling and on January 19, 2007 was sentenced to five years and five months in prison at the Federal Correctional Institution in Marianna, Florida. He was released from prison in November, 2010.[2][3]

On August 27, 2012, in Mobile, Alabama, U.S. District Judge Callie Virginia Granade revoked Krist's supervised release for violation of his probation. He had left the country without permission, sailing to Cuba and South America on his sailboat. Judge Granade sentenced Krist to 40 months imprisonment.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b The Talented Dr. Krist By Steve Fennessy For Atlanta Magazine. November 2006. Retrieved April 20, 2007.
  2. ^ Bureau of Prisons: Inmate Locator
  3. ^ Convicted look to the state for forgiveness By Steve Visser, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 20, 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2011

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