Little-Known Facts About An Infamous List
In The Beginning
The "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" program was launched on March 14, 1950 — a joint effort between the FBI and national news media.
Nobody Is THE Most Wanted
The list doesn't rank fugitives in any order; just being on the list makes them all equal priority — the highest.
Fugitives By The Hundreds
At present, 494 fugitives have landed on the list. All but 30 of them have been located with 152 captured though help from the public. Of those, 17 were apprehended through the long-running TV show, America's Most Wanted.
Women Are Most Wanted, Too
Eight women have made the "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list, the first being Ruth Eisemann-Schier, who made the list in 1968 for kidnapping, extortion and other charges.
The Price Of Justice
The minimum reward for the capture of a "Ten Most Wanted" fugitive is $100,000. Sometimes, as in the case of Osama bin Laden, the amount can be much larger.
A Dubious Honor
With 59 apprehensions, California leads the nation in the number of "Most Wanted" fugitives captured.
Doing Time On The List
At 27 years, Victor Manuel Gerena has been on the list longer than any other fugitive. Billie Austin Bryant, however, spent the least amount of time on the list — just two hours.
SCOTT SIMON, host:
With James Bulger's arrest and Osama bin Laden's death, there are eight names left on the current FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. They're not ranked in any order. The remaining fugitives include: Semion Mogilevich, wanted for his alleged role in scheme to defraud thousands of investors who lost $150 million. The FBI says he has multiple passports, millions of dollars, eight different aliases, a pockmarked face, and many disguises.
Jason Derek Brown could sound like quite a catch on a dating site. He has a masters degree in International Business, speaks fluent French, likes to ski and play golf. The photo of him on the FBI website makes him appear rather like a young Sean Penn. But Jason Derek Brown is wanted for murdering an armored car guard in Phoenix in 2004.
And Victor Manuel Gerena is sought in connection with robbing $7 million from a Wells Fargo depot in Connecticut where he used to work as a security guard. Gerena has reportedly surfaced in Mexico and Cuba over the years. He's been at large longer than any other fugitive on the list - 27 years. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.