Ruth Eisemann-Schier

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Ruth Eisemann Schier
FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive
Charges Kidnapping-for-ransom
Born 1941/1942 (age 74–75)
Penalty Seven years
Status Paroled (after four years), deported
Added December 28, 1968
Caught March 5, 1969
Number 293

Ruth Eisemann Schier (born 1941 or 1942[1]) was the first woman to appear on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.


Schier was born in Honduras, the daughter of Austrian-Jewish refugees living there after escaping Nazi persecution. She was a graduate of National University of Mexico[2] and was a graduate student at the University of Miami's Institute of Marine Science when she met Gary Stephen Krist.[3]

Schier was added to the list in 1968, for participating in the kidnapping-for-ransom of land heiress Barbara Jane Mackle in Decatur, Georgia in a plan concocted by her boyfriend, Krist. He was arrested two days later, but Schier eluded police for 79 days before being apprehended in Norman, Oklahoma on March 5, 1969.[1][4] Schier was extradited from Oklahoma to Georgia to face trial[5] where she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison.[6]

While Schier was in prison, Gene Miller, in collaboration with Mackle, wrote about the crime in 83 Hours Till Dawn.[7] Schier served four years of her sentence and was paroled in 1973 on condition of deportation to her native Honduras.

Schier's case was one of many covered in the 2002 book Mistresses of Mayhem: the Book of Women Criminals.[8]


  1. ^ a b The Einstein of Crime, the story of Gary Stephen Krist from a truTV website
  2. ^ The Girl in the Box, a December 27, 1968 article from Time magazine
  3. ^ Making an Impact, a January 3, 1969 article from Time magazine
  4. ^ "Woman on F.B.I.'s Wanted List Is Seized in Georgia Kidnapping. Woman Is Arrested in the Mackle Kidnapping Case". New York Times. March 6, 1969. Retrieved 2015-03-17. Ruth Eisemann-Schier, accused in the kidnapping of the daughter of a wealthy Florida real estate developer, was arrested today in Norman, Okla., by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. ... 
  5. ^ "Georgia Acts to Extradite Woman in Kidnapping Case". New York Times. March 7, 1969. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  6. ^ "Woman Gets Prison For Abducting Coed". New York Times. Associated Press. May 30, 1969. Retrieved 2015-03-17. Ruth Eisemann-Schier pleaded guilty today of kidnapping and drew a seven-year prison term for her role in the $500,000 ransom abduction of Barbara Jane Mackle. ... 
  7. ^ 83 Hours Till Dawn (LCCN 74-139045)
  8. ^ Catalog record for Mistresses of Mayhem from the Library of Congress (ISBN 0028642600, LCCN 2002-101639)