Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Top Ten Fugitive Destinations

Canada

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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