High profile criminals are very interesting to me.  Why they do the crime, how they do the crime, and how they get caught……because they eventually get caught!    I took Administration of Justice classes in college and loved when we studied the criminal mind and criminal forensics. I saw that today was the anniversary of the FBI’s release to the public the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

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March 14, 1950, the Federal Bureau of Investigation institutes the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list in an effort to publicize particularly dangerous fugitives.

The creation of the program came from a wire service news story in 1949 about the “toughest guys” the FBI wanted to capture.  The story drew so much public attention that the “Ten Most Wanted” list was given the okay by J. Edgar Hoover the following year.

As of 2011, 465 of the criminals included on the list have been apprehended or located, 153 as a result of tips from the public.

The Criminal Investigative Division (CID) of the FBI asks all fifty-six field offices to submit candidates for inclusion on the list.  The CID in association with the Office of Public and congressional Affairs then proposes finalists for approval by the FBI’s Deputy Director.   Generally, the only way to get off the list is to die or to be captured. There have only been a handful of cases where a fugitive has been removed from the list because they no longer were a particularly dangerous menace to society. Only eight women have appeared on the Ten Most Wanted list.

The FBI also works closely with the Fox television show America’s Most Wanted to further publicize the effort to capture dangerous felons.

America’s Most Wanted was launched from the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list…..a television show that ran for twenty-three years that profiled wanted criminals.  As of February 2012 1,175 people have been captured because of the television series.

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