Another Predator Captured
St. John was charged with 28 felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child in California—enough to put him away for life. In Nevada, he was charged with sexual assault and lewdness with a child under 14. St. John posted $60,000 bail. Nearly 10 years ago, St. John vanished on Thanksgiving Day.
Mark asked Dr. Tim Miller to help him question the man. "I asked him if he was from California and he shook his head no. I went to the neighboring states and finally went to Nevada, and he finally shook his head yes," Dr. Miller says. After further questioning, Dr. Miller determined he was from Reno and his name was Gary.
After Dr. Miller conducted a quick Google search with the terms "Gary," "Reno," "Nevada" and "Fugitive," he stumbled across the unthinkable. "The first thing that popped up was a profile of a Mr. Gary Lee St. John who was wanted in Nevada," Dr. Miller says.
Together, the men confronted their patient. "Dr. Miller quickly asked him if his name was Gary Lee St. John and … he nodded yes. [St. John] started crying profoundly, weeping," Mark says. "We looked at each other in amazement and said we can't believe that we just caught one of the biggest fugitives in America."
Living in a trailer, St. John became well-known for the colorful windmills and kites he sold along the roadside. Residents now wonder if he sold the toys to attract children. "People knew of him because of the business that he had, because of the time he spent at the casino," says FBI Special Agent Hall Jones. "He was well-known, or so they thought."
According to his landlord, St. John had a steady girlfriend who had children—and grandchildren.
Neither Mark nor Dr. Miller was aware of Oprah's promise to award $100,000 to anyone providing information which leads to the capture or arrest of one of the fugitives on Oprah's Child Predator Watch List. Oprah presents both Mark and Dr. Miller with $50,000 checks.