The FBI recognizes the need for public assistance in tracking fugitives.
One hundred and sixty-one of the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitive” apprehensions have been the result of citizen recognition of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitive” publicity.
Just as the composition of the list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” has changed over the years, the media outlets available for publicizing these fugitives have also changed.
Traditionally, newspapers and magazines captured the attention of the domestic reader with profiles and photographs of America’s fugitives.
Four hundred and eighty three individuals appearing on the list have been located, 161 of them as a direct result of citizen cooperation.
Has the publicity generated by the program changed over the years?
Nine of the first 20 “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” were arrested due to citizen cooperation, including the very first “Ten Most Wanted Fugitive,” Thomas Holden, who was arrested after a citizen recognized his photograph in an Oregon newspaper.
Today, editors and news directors want the local angle, which is not always present in a story. The nominees received are reviewed by Special Agents in the CID and the Office of Public Affairs.The selection of the “proposed” candidate(s) is then forwarded to FBI Executive Management for final approval. First, the individual must have a lengthy record of committing serious crimes and/or be considered a particularly dangerous menace to society due to current criminal charges. Gerena 12/15/2016 1968………………..33Victor Manuel Gerena Dates: 5/14/84 - 12/15/16Billie Austin Bryant Dates: 1/8/69 - 1/8/69 (Special Addition)Katherine Ann Power Dates: 10/17/70 - 6/15/84Thomas J.The resulting story generated so much publicity and had so much appeal that late FBI Director J.Edgar Hoover implemented the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” program.How many fugitives have been captured due to public assistance?