Most Wanted Criminals, Fugitives and Terrorists

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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, 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. 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. Most wanted individuals may be criminals, fugitives, criminals, escapees, absconders, missing persons, sex offenders, or bail jumpers.

Private investigators sometimes become involved with apprehending a most wanted fugitive as a result of being hired by one of the families involved in the matter.  Some private investigators either specialize or provide the service of bounty hunting, which is apprehending a fugitive for a fee.

Resources for Most Wanted Criminal’s

Following are resources for learning about most wanted criminals and fugitives.

ATF Most Wanted – ATF enforcement and operations to apprehend the most wanted.

Air Force Fugitives – List of people wanted by the U.S. Air Force.

America’s Most Wanted Criminals – Information on the most wanted suspects featured on the TV show. Send in tips to assist in apprehending the most wanted suspects and locating missing children.

Cyber Criminals Most Wanted Criminals List – Cyber Criminals Most Wanted Criminals

DEA Most Wanted Fugitives – U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration most wanted fugitives.

Department of Justice Most Wanted Listing – List of federal law enforcement agencies fugitives.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – Ten Most Wanted Terrorists – The alleged terrorists on this list have been indicted by sitting Federal Grand Juries in various jurisdictions in the United States for the crimes reflected on their wanted posters. Evidence was gathered and presented to the Grand Juries, which led to their being charged. The indictments currently listed on the posters allow them to be arrested and brought to justice. Future indictments may be handed down as various investigations proceed in connection to other terrorist incidents, for example, the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Fugitive Watch – Fugitive Watch was founded in 1992 by two bay area police officers, Steve Ferdin and Scott Castruita. Fugitive Watch is a reality-based television show, newspaper and web site, It features exciting stories on crimes and fugitives. Fugitive Watch has been credited with over 1,000 captures or solving of crimes. It has successfully combined law enforcement, local business and the community into an effective crime-fighting tool. As one law enforcement official stated, “Because of Fugitive Watch, there are thousands of more eyes on the lookout for fugitives”

Secret Service’s Most Wanted Criminals Fugitives – Fugitives wanted by the U.S. Secret Service. Anyone with information regarding these people should contact the Secret Service at 1-877-242-3375.

United States Marshal’s Federal Fugitives – The USMS established the 15 Most Wanted Fugitive Program in 1983 in an effort to prioritize the investigation and apprehension of high-profile offenders who are considered to be some of the country’s most dangerous fugitives. These offenders tend to be career criminals with histories of violence or whose instant offenses pose a significant threat to public safety. Current and past fugitives in this program include murderers, sex offenders, major drug kingpins, organized crime figures, and individuals wanted for high-profile financial crimes.

Police are increasingly relying on new technology such as drones to track down criminals, especially those who escaped from prison. If you’re interested in the latest technology used in the field, learn about Police Drones, the latest aerial surveillance and photography technology used in Law Enforcement and Investigations.


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