Wanted by the FBI: Another Milestone for the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List


March 14, 2019

On the 69th anniversary of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List, the Bureau attributes the public’s help to much of the list’s success.


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Mollie Halpern: On the 69th anniversary of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List, the Bureau attributes the public to much of the list’s success.

The Top Ten program, as it’s commonly called, has evolved over the years, but the objective remains the same—to publicize dangerous fugitives who might not otherwise merit national attention.

Out of the 521 fugitives who have been added to the list since its inception, 488 of them have been apprehended or located.

Unit Chief Chris Allen…

Chris Allen: One hundred sixty-two fugitives, or approximately one-third, have been captured or located as a result of citizen cooperation. It’s publicity that made the difference in those cases.

Halpern: The Top Ten program also relies heavily on the assistance of the media.

In fact, the FBI stood up the list after a newspaper article about the Bureau’s “toughest guys” generated positive publicity.

To check out the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, visit fbi.gov/wanted. You can also report tips on the website. With Wanted by the FBI, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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