The FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list has been in existence since March 14, 1950.A reporter for the International News Service (the predecessor to United Press International) asked the Bureau for the names and descriptions of the “toughest guys” the Bureau would like to capture.Therefore, the program relies heavily on publicity from coast to coast.
Once into the radical 1960s, the list reflected the revolutionaries of the times with destruction of Government property, sabotage, and kidnapping dominating the list. During the 1970s, with the FBI’s concentration on organized crime and terrorism, the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” included many fugitives with organized crime ties or links to terrorist groups. The following contains current and historical information for internal and external distribution.This information is based on FBI records and is updated by the Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit, Office of Public Affairs.The resulting story generated so much publicity and had so much appeal that late FBI Director J.
Edgar Hoover implemented the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” program.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the list included sexual predators, international terrorists, and drug traffickers.
This emphasis, along with crimes against children, white collar crime, and gang violence, continues today. As of June 27, 2018, there have been 519 fugitives on the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.
How many fugitives have been captured due to public assistance?
One hundred and sixty-two of the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” have been apprehended due to public assistance. It was founded on March 14, 1950, by the FBI in association with the nation’s news media.
Four hundred and eighty five individuals appearing on the list have been located, 162 of them as a direct result of citizen cooperation.