Crime: The Girl in the Box

Feeling ill, Barbara Jane Mackle, 20, a tall, slender, attractive brunette, abruptly excused herself from an exam at Atlanta's Emory University last week. She checked in at Rodeway Inn, a motel near the campus, there joined her mother Jane, who had arrived earlier from Coral Gables, Fla., to take Barbara home for Christmas. During the evening, Barbara's boy friend and fellow student, Stewart Woodward, drove over in his white Ford for a visit.

After Woodward left, mother and daughter sat up in their beds talking. They were still awake at 4 a.m. when a man who identified himself as...