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Updated: 05/19/2013 08:03:20AM

The kidnapping of Barbara Mackle

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The photo Gary Krist took of Barbara Mackle to send to her parents to prove she was alive, just before he buried her.

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The appalling tragedy that has come to light recently in Cleveland, Ohio, brings back memories to many longtime residents of our area of a ghastly story about an another abduction that took place 45 years ago, the kidnapping of Barbara Mackle.

Part of the shocking ransom note sent to Barbara’s family read like this: “Sir, your daughter has been kidnapped — we hold her for ransom. Barbara is presently alive inside a capsule buried in remote piece of soil. She has enough food and water and air to last for seven days. At the end of seven days the life supporting batteries will be discharged and her air supply will be cut off.”

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