FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” Program Turns 60

It started back in 1949 when a reporter for the International News Service approached the FBI and asked about writing a story about the “toughest guys” being sought by the FBI at the time. The Bureau provided the names and descriptions of 10 fugitives to the reporter. The resulting feature became a major story and gained national attention. As a consequence of overwhelming public interest, on March 14, 1950, then-Director J. Edgar Hoover inaugurated the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program.

Willie Sutton, aka “Slick Willie”,(long before this moniker was attributed to former president Bill Clinton)was a bank robber and one of the first men to make this list in 1950.

Ruth Eisemann-Schier was the first woman to appear on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. She was charged with her partner in the 1968 kidnapping of Miami heiress Barbara Jane Mackle for a $500,000 ransom.

In total, there have been only 8 women to appear on the FBI list, the most famous being Angela Davis,the American socialist, political activist who in the 1970’s was charged as an accomplice to the abduction and murder of Marin County Superior Court

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