FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives


The FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives is a most
wanted list maintained by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. The list arose from a conversation held in
late 1949 between J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI, and William Kinsey Hutchinson,
International News Service Editor-in-Chief, who were discussing ways to promote capture
of the FBI’s “toughest guys”. This discussion turned into a published article,
which received so much positive publicity that on March 14, 1950, the FBI officially
announced the list to increase law enforcement’s ability to capture dangerous fugitives. Individuals are generally only removed from
the list if the fugitive is captured, dies, or if the charges against them are dropped;
they are then replaced by a new entry selected by the FBI. In six cases, the FBI removed individuals
from the list after deciding that they were no longer a “particularly dangerous menace
to society”. Machetero member Víctor Manuel Gerena, added
to the list in 1984, has been on the list longer than anyone, at 30 years. Billie Austin Bryant spent the shortest amount
of time on the list, being listed for two hours in 1969. Bradford Bishop is the person most recently
listed still at large. On rare occasions, the FBI will add a “Number
Eleven” if that individual is extremely dangerous but the Bureau does not feel any of the current
ten should be removed. The list is commonly posted in public places
such as post offices. In some cases, fugitives on the list have
turned themselves in on becoming aware of their listing. As of April 10, 2014, 502 fugitives have been
listed, eight of them women, and 472 captured or located, 155 of them due to public assistance. On May 19, 1996, Leslie Isben Rogge became
the first person on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list to be apprehended due to the
internet. The FBI maintains other lists of individuals,
including the Most Wanted Terrorists, along with crime alerts, missing persons, and other
fugitive lists. On June 17, 2013, the list reached the milestone
of 500 fugitives. New additions
The Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters calls upon all 56 Field Offices
to submit candidates for the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list. The nominees received are reviewed by Special
Agents in the CID and the Office of Public Affairs. The selection of the “proposed” candidate(s)
is forwarded to the Assistant Director of the CID for his/her approval and then to the
FBI’s Director for final approval. This process takes some time which is why
James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, Jr., who was arrested in Santa Monica, California on June
22, 2011, remained on the list until May 9, 2012 despite no longer being at large, and
Osama bin Laden remained on the list for almost a year after his death at the hands of U.S.
forces on May 2, 2011. List as of April 10, 2014
Rewards are offered for information leading to capture of fugitives on the list; the reward
is $100,000 for all fugitives, with the exceptions of Jason Derek Brown and Víctor Manuel Gerena,
which are $200,000 and $1,000,000, respectively. Eight of the Nine fugitives-at-large are believed
– or known – to be living outside the United States. Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara, the ninth fugitive
on the list surrendered in Mexico More than one year after being added. See also Former FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
The World’s 10 Most Wanted, a list published by Forbes
U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitives Specially Designated Global Terrorist References External links
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives Additional information from America’s Most
Wanted

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