What Happened on March 14th – The FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List

IF I ONLY HAD A TIME MACHINE

On this day in 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 arose out of a wire service news story in 1949 about the “toughest guys” the FBI wanted to capture.

he Washington Daily News, Feb. 7, 1949 (FBI Tour) he Washington Daily News, Feb. 7, 1949 (FBI Tour)

The story drew so much public attention that the “Ten Most Wanted” list was given the okay by J. Edgar Hoover the following year.

J. Edgar Hoover Associated Press J. Edgar Hoover
Associated Press

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…

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