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This Day in Georgia History

December 17, 1968

Barbara Jane Mackle Kidnapped

To view film footage on the kidnapping, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Emory University student Barbara Jane Mackle was kidnapped and buried alive in a plywood box containing a lamp, air pump, three gallons of water and some candy. Her father, a wealthy developer in Florida, paid a $500,00 ransom. FBI agents, following vague directions from the kidnappers, finally found Mackle after 3 and a half days; she was dehydrated, but alive. University of Miami researcher Gary Krist and Ruth Eiseman-Schier were arrested and convicted of the kidnapping. Mackle later wrote a book about her ordeal, which was made into a movie.