Most Wanted Facts

By | Mar 14, 2009

The FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list debuted on March 14, 1950. It began after a request in 1949 by a reporter for the International News Service, now the United Press International (UPI) for the names and description of persons that the FBI would like to apprehend.

None of the persons on the list is ranked, so there is no Number 1 most wanted.

Once a person is placed on the list there are only three ways that they can be removed:
1) Captured
2) Charges dropped
3) No longer fit the criteria

The criteria to be placed on the list:
1) The individual must have a lengthy record of committing serious crimes and/or be considered a particularly dangerous menace to society due to current criminal charges.
2) It must be believed that the nationwide publicity afforded by the Program can be of assistance in apprehending the fugitive, who, in turn, should not already be notorious due to other publicity.

Since its inception there has been, as of November 29, 2008, 491 fugitives on the list. 8 of these have been women. The first woman was Ruth Eisemann-Schier, added in 1968.

The current members on the list are: Edward Eugene Harper, Jason Derek Brown, Emigdio Preciado Jr, Victor Manuel Gerena, Jorge Alberto Lopez-Orozco, Alexis Flores, Glen Stewart Godwin, Robert William Fisher, James J. Bulger and Usama Bin Laden.


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  1. Molly March 17, 2009 2:53 pm

    Another interesting one…

    Great job!

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