FBI Most Wanted Fugitives List: The Worst Criminals of 1968

About the worst criminals in America in 1968 according to the FBI most wanted fugitives list including James Early Ray, Monroe Hickson, and Richard Lee Tingler, Jr.

Most Wanted, 1968

RUTH EISEMANN-SCHIER and GARY STEVEN KRIST. Crime: Sought in the bizarre kidnapping of Barbara Jane Mackle, who was found barely alive buried in a "capsule" designed to sustain her underground for a week. Conclusion: Eisemann-Schier, the 1st woman ever to be named as a Most Wanted fugitive, was arrested in 1969 after she had applied for a nursing service job and her fingerprints were routinely turned over to the FBI. Her alleged kidnapping accomplice, Krist, was apprehended in a crocodile-infested Florida swamp just 2 days after his addition to the list. Most of the $500,000 ransom money was found in the runabout boat Krist had abandoned. Krist was convicted of kidnapping, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Eisemann-Schier pleaded guilty to kidnapping and received a 7-year sentence.

JAMES EARL RAY. Crime: This reputed "loner" achieved notoriety when charged with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He became the 2nd "11th" Most Wanted fugitive. Conclusion: Ray, whose deed triggered some of the most violent rioting in American history, pleaded guilty to murdering Dr. King after he was captured by British authorities. News of Ray's capture, however, had to compete with bulletins concerning another assassination victim--Robert F. Kennedy, who was being buried that day. Ray twice attempted to escape from his maximum-security cell in a Tennessee prison, failing both times.

PHILLIP MORRIS JONES. Crime: Wanted for bank robbery in California, Florida, and Maryland. Conclusion: In the nearly 3 decades of the Most Wanted list's existence, he was the 1st "Jones" to be named. He surrendered to FBI agents at San Mateo, Calif.

RICHARD LEE TINGLER, JR. Crime: Earned the reputation of being one of the most cold-blooded killers in Ohio after he was connected to the murders of 2 teen-agers in a dairy store, and the subsequent slaying of 4 Cleveland residents, whose bodies were found buried in a neat row in a city park. Conclusion: Was apprehended following extensive publicity, including a description on the television program, "The FBI." Tingler was convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but because of changing attitudes regarding capital punishment, he was confined in death row at the Columbus penitentiary.

MONROE HICKSON. Crime: Convicted of multiple murders; wanted for prison escape. Conclusion: Hickson apparently died of "various diseases," according to the FBI. All but his hands and forearms had been cremated, but these remains were identified by fingerprints.

BYRON JAMES RICE. Crime: Charged with murdering an armored car guard. Conclusion: Surrendered to FBI agents in Chicago in 1972. He was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.

RONALD EUGENE STORCK. Crime: Charged with murdering 3 members of a Pennsylvania family. Conclusion: His was a leap-year arrest that came on February 29 in Waikiki, the 1st apprehension of a Top Tenner in Hawaii.

CHARLES LEE HERRON. Crime: Charged in the killing of a Nashville policeman. Conclusion: Herron had never been convicted for a crime previously. Although the FBI usually requires a real criminal record before placing a fugitive on the Top Ten list, the bureau made an exception in this case since Herron carried considerable amounts of inflammatory racial literature in his car.

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