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The FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list arose from a conversation held in late 1949, during a game of hearts between J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, and William Kinsey Hutchinson,[2] International News Service (the predecessor of the United Press International) 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.[3]

Individuals are removed from this list if the fugitive is captured, killed, or if the charges against them are dropped; they are then replaced by a new entry selected by the FBI. In five cases, the FBI removed individuals from the list after deciding that they were no longer a "particularly dangerous menace to society".[2] Donald Eugene Webb, added to the list in 1981, was on the list longer than anyone, at 25 years, 10 months, and 27 days.[4] Billie Austin Bryant spent the shortest amount of time on the list, being listed for two hours in 1969.[5] 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.[6]

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 November 1, 2009, 494 fugitives have been listed (eight of them women), and 463 (94%) captured or located,[7] 152 (33%) of them due to public assistance.[8] The FBI maintains other lists of individuals, including the Most Wanted Terrorists,[9] along with FBI Crime Alerts, Missing Persons, and other fugitive lists. The most recent Ten Most Wanted Fugitives to be captured are Emigdio Preciado, Jr., who was apprehended in Mexico on July 17, 2009,[10][11][12] Edward Eugene Harper, who was arrested six days later in Wyoming, and Jorge Lopez-Orozco who was captured by authorities in Mexico on October 7, 2009.


Current Most Wanted list

Rewards are offered for information leading to capture of fugitives on the list; the reward is $100,000 unless otherwise stated.

Photo Name Date Added Sequence Number
Victor Manuel Gerena.jpg Victor Manuel Gerena May 14, 1984 #386
Victor Manuel Gerena is wanted in connection with the armed robbery of approximately $7 million from a security company in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1983. He allegedly took two security employees hostage at gunpoint and handcuffed, bound, and injected them with an unknown, non-lethal substance to further disable them. The FBI believes he may be living in Cuba. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000,000 for information leading to Gerena's capture.[13][14]
Glen Stewart Godwin.jpg Glen Stewart Godwin December 7, 1996 #447
Glen Stewart Godwin is being sought for his 1987 escape from Folsom State Prison in California, where he was serving a lengthy sentence for murder. He was subsequently imprisoned in Mexico on drug trafficking charges, but escaped from prison there as well.[15][16]
Bin Laden Poster2.jpeg Osama bin Laden June 7, 1999 #456
Osama bin Laden[a] is the leader of al-Qaeda and is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States embassies, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. Bin Laden and al-Qaeda are responsible for the October 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen, which killed 17. Although bin Laden later appeared on the first publicly released FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list on October 10, 2001, he was listed there for the 1998 embassy attack, and not for his alleged role in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, because the most wanted lists name fugitives charged with a crime by a prosecutor or under indictment by a grand jury. Bin Laden was named as an "unindicted co-conspirator" in, for instance, the federal indictment against convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, but has not been formally indicted for his role in the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Osama bin Laden is the subject of a $50 million[17] reward through the State Department's Rewards for Justice program targeting international fugitives, especially terrorists, plus $2 million through a program developed and funded by the Air Line Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association.[a][18][19]

James J. Bulger.jpg James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. August 19, 1999 #458
James J. Bulger is wanted for his role in 18 counts of murders committed from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in connection with his leadership of an organized crime group that allegedly controlled extortion, drug deals, and other illegal activities in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. He has a violent temper and is known to carry a knife at all times. He was once the boss of Boston's Winter Hill Gang before he went into hiding. The reward for information leading to Bulger's capture is $2,000,000.[20][21]
Robert Fisher.jpg Robert William Fisher June 29, 2002 #475
Robert William Fisher is wanted for allegedly killing his wife Mary and their two young children Robert Jr. and Brittany and then blowing up the house in which they all lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, in April 2001. Possible motive for the murders is that Mary was about to file for divorce.[22][23][24]
Alexis Flores.jpg Alexis Flores June 2, 2007 #487
Alexis Flores is wanted for the kidnapping and murder of five-year-old Iriana DeJesus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in July 2000. According to a profile on America's Most Wanted, there is evidence the child was raped before the murder, although rape is not listed on his official FBI poster. He was last seen in Arizona, where he served a prison term for forgery. He may have returned to Honduras, where he is believed to still have ties.[25][26]
Brown jd. 2004.jpg Jason Derek Brown December 8, 2007 #489
Jason Derek Brown is wanted for murder and armed robbery in Phoenix, Arizona. Authorities say that in November 2004, Brown shot and killed an armored car guard outside a movie theater and fled on a bicycle with $56,000 in a duffel bag.[27][28]
Joe Luis Saenz.jpg Joe Luis Saenz October 19, 2009 #492
Joe Luis Saenz is wanted for shooting and killing two rival gang members in Los Angeles on July 25, 1998. Then, less than two weeks later, on August 5, 1998, Saenz kidnapped, raped, and murdered his girlfriend. Saenz then murdered a fourth victim in October 2008 in Los Angeles county.[29]
Eduardo Ravelo.jpg Eduardo Ravelo October 21, 2009 #493
Eduardo Ravelo was indicted in Texas in 2008 for his involvement in racketeering activities, conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and conspiracy to possess heroin, cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute. His alleged criminal activities began in 2003.
Semion Mogilevich.jpg Semion Mogilevich October 22, 2009 #494
Semion Mogilevich is wanted for his alleged participation in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud thousands of investors in the stock of a public company incorporated in Canada, but headquartered in Newtown, Pennsylvania, between 1993 and 1998. The scheme to defraud collapsed in 1998, after thousands of investors lost in excess of $150 million dollars, and Mogilevich, thought to have allegedly funded and authorized the scheme, was indicted in April 2003.

See also


  • a  Official U.S. postings give bin Laden's first name as "Usama," rather than "Osama."


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  2. ^ a b "Facts on the Program". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  3. ^ "This Day in History 1950: The FBI debuts 10 Most Wanted". Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  4. ^ "The Hunt for the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" Fugitives". Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees. CNN. Retrieved 2006-06-06. 
  5. ^ McCabe, Paul (2001-03-21). "Ask the FBI.: The Ten Most Wanted list". USA Today. 
  6. ^ Douglas, John; Mark Olshaker (July 1999). The Anatomy of Motive: The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals. Mindhunters, Inc.. ISBN 0-6710-2393-4. 
  7. ^ "New Top Ten Fugitives List Adds Three Names in Three Days". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2000-11-01. 
  8. ^ "FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives FAQ". Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  9. ^ "FBI Most Wanted Terrorists". Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  10. ^ Glover, Scott (June 21, 2009). "Reputed gang member, wanted for attack on L.A. deputies, arrested in Mexico". Los Angeles Times.,0,4001154.story. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  11. ^ "FBI: Top 10 fugitive captured in Mexico". CNN. July 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  12. ^ ""Most Wanted" Fugitive, Emigdio Preciado, Captured". KTLA. July 20, 2009.,0,5297155.story?track=rss. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  13. ^ "Gerena's FBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Alert". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  14. ^ "Fugitive Watch: Wanted by the FBI: Wanted for Bank Robbery Theft". ABC News. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  15. ^ "Godwin's FBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Alert". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  16. ^ Underwood, Melissa. "Glen Stewart Godwin Wanted for Murder, Escape From Prison".,2933,326034,00.html. Retrieved 2006-06-20. 
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  18. ^ "Osama bin Laden's FBI Most Wanted Fugitive Alert". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  19. ^ "Rewards for Justice Wanted Terrorist Osama bin Laden". Rewards for Justice. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  20. ^ "Bulger's FBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Alert". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  21. ^ "FBI seeks UK help over 'mobster'". BBC News. 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  22. ^ "Mounties got their man, but he isn't Fisher". AZCentral. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  23. ^ Underwood, Melissa. "Robert William Fisher Wanted for Fatally Shooting Wife, Slitting Kids' Throats".,2933,317116,00.html. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  24. ^ "Fisher's FBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Alert". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  25. ^ "Flores' FBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Alert". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  26. ^ "AMW FUGITIVE DATA FILE FOR Alexis Flores". Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  27. ^ "Brown's FBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Alert". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  28. ^ "AMW FUGITIVE DATA FILE FOR Jason Derek Brown". Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  29. ^ "Saenzs' FBI Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Alert". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 

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