Keen to continue their lives as mountain men, Don and Dan had decided to procure Dan a wife. So when they spotted Kari out for her run, they wasted no time. Jumping out from their hiding place, they ambushed the 23-year-old woman and brought her to their hidden camp.
There, Dan and Don fastened Kari to a tree with a chain, holding her captive. Although she pleaded with Dan, then just 19, to release her, he seemed too attached to the idea that the pretty young woman would become his wife. Instead, the pair cooked squirrel for their prisoner, and attempted to win her round to their way of life.