A Mystery Writer’s Almanac–the FBI’s Ten Most-Wanted List
On this day, March 14, in 1950 an article was published listing the ten fugitives whom the FBI considered most dangerous and, therefore, most eager to capture. The list emerged from a conversation between J. Edgar Hoover and a member of the press about ways to promote public awareness of the nation’s worst offenders and thereby lead to their arrest. The list has continued for over 75 years. Once on the list, fugitives can only be removed from it through capture, the charges being dropped, or death.