Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Top Ten Fugitive Destinations


Richard Lee McNair
Richard Lee McNair

Bigger than the U.S. by 60 thousand square miles with one ninth the population, Canada has a lot of space for the felonious fugitive who doesn't mind the country's challenging climate. One such cold-resistant criminal — convicted of a 1987 murder in chilly North Dakota — is Richard Lee McNair. Having escaped from prison twice, once by hiding in a mail bag and once via a ventilation duct, McNair earned himself a spot on the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted List and a feature on America's Most Wanted. In 2007, he was finally captured by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which he had narrowly eluded a year prior, in remote Campbellton, New Brunswick.

Another flighty federal offender whose name graced the 15 Most Wanted List is Mark Anthony Williams, who escaped from a North Carolina jail in 1999. Wanted for the murder of a 14-year-old girl, he was captured in 2004 in Toronto, where he tried to fool police with aliases before surrendering.

PROS: Proximity! Wide open spaces and plenty of remote locations provide hideout options to lamsters who don't mind the cold.

CONS: Proximity. If you get caught in Canada, odds are you'll be summarily extradited back to the States.

Want to avoid this problem and enjoy a warmer climate? Read on.

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