It’s been a good couple of months for the FBI, with two of their most wanted knocked off the agency’s top 10 most wanted list.
First Osama bin Laden was killed in a Navy SEAL attack. Now, James “Whitey” Bulger has been captured in Santa Monica.
While some think the spots would be quickly filled — there are plenty of nasty criminals out there on the lam, aren’t there? — making the list is actually a long, complicated process. Field agents from the 56 FBI offices across the country nominate their most evil fugitives, and the final decision comes down only after a review from the top office.
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The list started off as a publicity stunt, according to the FBI Web site. A journalist wanted to do a story on the “toughest” criminals in the United States and the FBI came up with some names. The response from the public made the agency realize that they ought to undertake the list as a real deal.
It’s been around since 1950, and of the 494 fugitives that have made the list, 464 have been apprehended or located. Bulger was the oldest one to make it. He was 69 when he was added in August 1999. He is now 81.
So, who’s left?
Victor Manuel Gerena: Sought in connection with the armed robbery of approximately $7 million from a security company in Connecticut in 1983. $1 million reward.
Eduardo Ravelo: Ravelo is known to be a captain (capo) within the Barrio Azteca criminal enterprise and is allegedly responsible for issuing orders to Barrio Azteca members residing in Juarez, Mexico. He may have had plastic surgery and altered his fingerprints. $100,000 reward.
Robert William Fisher: Wanted for allegedly killing his wife and two young children and then blowing up the house in which they all lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., in April 2001. He has a noticeable gold crown on his upper left first bicuspid tooth. He may walk with an exaggerated erect posture and his chest pushed out due to a lower back injury. $100,000 reward.
Jason Derek Brown: Allegedly shot and killed an armored car guard outside a movie theater and then fled with the money. He’s known to frequent nightclubs where he enjoys showing off his high-priced vehicles, boats and other toys. He has been described as possibly having bisexual tendencies. $100,000 reward.
Semion Mogilevich: Wanted for his alleged participation in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud thousands of investors in the stock of a public company. He is known to utilize a Russian passport, but may also possess Israeli, Ukrainian and Greek passports. $100,000 reward.
Joe Luis Saenz: Allegedly shot and killed two rival gang members and allegedly kidnapped, raped and murdered his girlfriend in July 2008. In October 2008, he allegedly killed a fourth victim. He has reportedly made previous statements indicating plans to kill a police officer upon his arrest.
Glen Stewart Godwin: Wanted after his 1987 escape from Folsom State Prison in California, where he was serving a lengthy sentence for murder. Godwin is fluent in Spanish and may be traveling throughout Central and South America and Mexico. He is thought to be involved in narcotics distribution. $100,000 reward.
Alexis Flores: Wanted for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping and murder of a 5 -year-old girl in Philadelphia. $100,000 reward.
(Quiz compiled by Brian M. Rosenthal)