The FBI's 'Ten Most Wanted': Two Down, Eight To Go

  • Glen Stewart Godwin has been caught before, at least twice. Convicted of a brutal murder, he escaped California's Folsom State Prison in 1987, only to be caught later that year for drug trafficking. While serving time in a Guadalajara prison, Godwin allegedly murdered another inmate in 1991 and escaped again, just months later.
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    Glen Stewart Godwin has been caught before, at least twice. Convicted of a brutal murder, he escaped California's Folsom State Prison in 1987, only to be caught later that year for drug trafficking. While serving time in a Guadalajara prison, Godwin allegedly murdered another inmate in 1991 and escaped again, just months later.
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  • Semion Mogilevich is wanted for his alleged role in a 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.
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    Semion Mogilevich is wanted for his alleged role in a 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.
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  • 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 plays golf. The photo of him on the FBI website looks like a young Sean Penn, but Jason Derek Brown is wanted for murdering an armored car guard in Phoenix in 2004.
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    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 plays golf. The photo of him on the FBI website looks like a young Sean Penn, but Jason Derek Brown is wanted for murdering an armored car guard in Phoenix in 2004.
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  • Joe Luis Saenz is charged with killing four people over a 10-year period while working for a drug cartel in southern California. The FBI says he has the name "Natalie" tattooed on his left arm. Natalie may be better off without him.
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    Joe Luis Saenz is charged with killing four people over a 10-year period while working for a drug cartel in southern California. The FBI says he has the name "Natalie" tattooed on his left arm. Natalie may be better off without him.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • Eduardo Ravelo is a captain in the Barrio Azteca drug gang out of Juarez, Mexico. He's allegedly a hitman for drug lord Vicente Carrillo Fuentes and may no longer look like his picture – the FBI suspects he's had plastic surgery and even altered his fingerprints.
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    Eduardo Ravelo is a captain in the Barrio Azteca drug gang out of Juarez, Mexico. He's allegedly a hitman for drug lord Vicente Carrillo Fuentes and may no longer look like his picture – the FBI suspects he's had plastic surgery and even altered his fingerprints.
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  • Once a fireman, Robert William Fisher allegedly killed his wife and two young children before blowing up their house in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2001. He also worked as a respiratory therapist — which might explain why he chews tobacco rather than smokes it.
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    Once a fireman, Robert William Fisher allegedly killed his wife and two young children before blowing up their house in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2001. He also worked as a respiratory therapist — which might explain why he chews tobacco rather than smokes it.
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  • Alexis Flores is wanted in connection with the death of a five-year-old girl found strangled in Philadelphia in 2000. A slight man from Honduras, he bears scars on his face and the FBI warns he's "considered armed and extremely dangerous."
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    Alexis Flores is wanted in connection with the death of a five-year-old girl found strangled in Philadelphia in 2000. A slight man from Honduras, he bears scars on his face and the FBI warns he's "considered armed and extremely dangerous."
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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.

Source: The FBI

  • William "Willie" Sutton, listed 3/20/1950-2/18/1952: Sutton was a prolific criminal who stole a total of $2 million from more than 100 banks. Though he was quoted as saying he robbed banks because "that's where the money is," Sutton denied uttering the famous phrase. At the time of his capture, he was the most celebrated criminal in America. Sutton ended up in prison a number of times bu...
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    William "Willie" Sutton, listed 3/20/1950-2/18/1952: Sutton was a prolific criminal who stole a total of $2 million from more than 100 banks. Though he was quoted as saying he robbed banks because "that's where the money is," Sutton denied uttering the famous phrase. At the time of his capture, he was the most celebrated criminal in America. Sutton ended up in prison a number of times but managed to escape. He was arrested the last time in 1952.
    Serri Graslie, Claire O'Neill, Amanda Steen
  • James Earl Ray, listed 4/20/1968-6/8/1968:Ray assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. He was captured a few months later but made his second appearance on the FBI's most wanted list when he escaped from prison in 1977. He was recaptured three days later.
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    James Earl Ray, listed 4/20/1968-6/8/1968:Ray assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. He was captured a few months later but made his second appearance on the FBI's most wanted list when he escaped from prison in 1977. He was recaptured three days later.
    Serri Graslie, Claire O'Neill, Amanda Steen
  • Angela Davis, listed 8/18/1970-10/13/1970:Davis was a political activist and scholar who landed on the list in 1970 when guns registered under her name were used in a courtroom shooting. She was acquitted at trial.
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    Angela Davis, listed 8/18/1970-10/13/1970:Davis was a political activist and scholar who landed on the list in 1970 when guns registered under her name were used in a courtroom shooting. She was acquitted at trial.
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  • Bernardine Dohrn, listed 10/14/1970-12/7/1973:Dohrn was a co-founder of the radical organization Weather Underground and was sought by the FBI because of her involvement with the group. She was removed from the list after three years.
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    Bernardine Dohrn, listed 10/14/1970-12/7/1973:Dohrn was a co-founder of the radical organization Weather Underground and was sought by the FBI because of her involvement with the group. She was removed from the list after three years.
    Serri Graslie, Claire O'Neill, Amanda Steen
  • Leonard Peltier, listed 12/22/1975-2/6/1976:Peltier was a Native American activist convicted of killing two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. He was apprehended in Alberta by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
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    Leonard Peltier, listed 12/22/1975-2/6/1976:Peltier was a Native American activist convicted of killing two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. He was apprehended in Alberta by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
    Serri Graslie, Claire O'Neill, Amanda Steen
  • Theodore Bundy, listed 2/10/1978-2/15/1978:"Ted" Bundy was a serial killer who murdered at least 30 women in the 1970s. He was captured in Florida after being stopped for speeding while driving a stolen vehicle.
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    Theodore Bundy, listed 2/10/1978-2/15/1978:"Ted" Bundy was a serial killer who murdered at least 30 women in the 1970s. He was captured in Florida after being stopped for speeding while driving a stolen vehicle.
    Serri Graslie, Claire O'Neill, Amanda Steen
  • Ramzi Yousef, listed 4/21/1993-2/7/1995:Yousef was one of the main conspirators in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. A year after he fled to Iraq, he assembled and planted a bomb on a plane bound for Tokyo. He was captured in Pakistan in 1995.
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    Ramzi Yousef, listed 4/21/1993-2/7/1995:Yousef was one of the main conspirators in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. A year after he fled to Iraq, he assembled and planted a bomb on a plane bound for Tokyo. He was captured in Pakistan in 1995.
    Serri Graslie, Claire O'Neill, Amanda Steen
  • Osama bin Laden, listed 6/7/1995-5/1/2011:Bin Laden was initially wanted in connection with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa that killed more than 200 people. He remained on the list after being connected to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs during an ambush on his Pakistan compound in May 2011.
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    Osama bin Laden, listed 6/7/1995-5/1/2011:Bin Laden was initially wanted in connection with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa that killed more than 200 people. He remained on the list after being connected to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs during an ambush on his Pakistan compound in May 2011.
    Serri Graslie, Claire O'Neill, Amanda Steen
  • Eric Rudolph, listed 5/5/1998-5/31/2003:Rudolph was known as the "Olympic Park Bomber," for the bomb he created and detonated at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. After the Olympics, he also set off bombs at abortion clinics and a lesbian bar in the South. Rudolph was captured after he was arrested while dumpster-diving in North Carolina.
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    Eric Rudolph, listed 5/5/1998-5/31/2003:Rudolph was known as the "Olympic Park Bomber," for the bomb he created and detonated at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. After the Olympics, he also set off bombs at abortion clinics and a lesbian bar in the South. Rudolph was captured after he was arrested while dumpster-diving in North Carolina.
    Serri Graslie, Claire O'Neill, Amanda Steen
  • James Bulger, listed 8/19/1999-6/22/2011: "Whitey" Bulger was the head of a major organized crime operation based in Boston. He landed on the list because of his connection to murders in the 1970s and 1980s. Bulger, now 81, was the oldest person to be placed on the FBI's list. He was apprehended in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run.
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    James Bulger, listed 8/19/1999-6/22/2011: "Whitey" Bulger was the head of a major organized crime operation based in Boston. He landed on the list because of his connection to murders in the 1970s and 1980s. Bulger, now 81, was the oldest person to be placed on the FBI's list. He was apprehended in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run.
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