Marie Dean Arrington
Added May 29th, 1969; captured December 22nd, 1971
Marie Dean Arrington was placed on the FBI list after escaping from prison in Marion County, Florida. She had been incarcerated since 1968 for the violent murder of Vivian "June" Ritter, the 37-year-old secretary of Florida public defender Bob Pierce. After Pierce unsuccessfully defended both of Arrington's children – her son for armed robbery and her daughter for fraud and forgery – Arrington sought closure. When she went to his office, though, he wasn't there, so Arrington took his secretary hostage, shot her multiple times, and ran her over with Ritter's own car. All of this was part of a grandiose – yet unsuccessful – plan to ensure her son's release from his lifetime prison sentence.
According to her obituary in the Orlando Sentinel, this wasn't her first crime. She had already been convicted of manslaughter for the death of her husband, and was out on bail awaiting sentencing at the time of Ritter's murder. In 1971, she was found waitressing in New Orleans and given the death penalty, until it was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1972, and her sentence was commuted to life in prison. But her crimes didn't stop just because she was behind bars – over the years, she accrued 61 violations for possession of weapons, drugs, battery and inciting a riot, among other offenses.
In 2014, Arrington died at age 80 from heart problems at the Lowell Correctional Institution Annex in Marion County, Florida – the same prison from which she'd escaped 45 years before.