Two Down, Eight to Go
With crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger captured earlier this week, we take a look at the FBI’s dwindling Most Wanted Fugitives List
At this rate, the FBI could be out of business by early 2012.
James “Whitey” Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica on Tuesday night, ending a nearly 16 year long manhunt for the Boston crime boss who has been indicted in 19 murders. Bulger’s capture, combined with Osama bin Laden’s death in early May, means that two of the men on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List have been located in less than two months. Bulger and bin Laden will soon be replaced on the list, but it’s still an impressive run for the Bureau after going the entirety of 2010 without apprehending anyone on the list. In light of these developments, here’s a look at the remaining eight individuals on the list:
Victor Manuel Gerena
Added to the list in 1984, Gerena is wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a Wells Fargo armored car facility. He allegedly took two employees hostage at gunpoint and eventually escaped with approximately $7 million.
Glen Stewart Godwin
Godwin was originally sentenced to 26-life in prison for killing a former friend by stabbing him 36 times with a butcher knife. Godwin escaped from prison, but was soon arrested on drug trafficking charges in Mexico. However, Godwin escaped prison again after allegedly murdering another inmate and before the U.S. could extradite him. He was added to the list in 1996.
Robert William “Bobby” Fisher Sr.
Fisher was added to the list in 2002 after allegedly murdering his wife and two kids and then blowing up the house in which they had all lived the year before.
Wanted for kidnapping, sexually assaulting, and murdering five-year-old Iriana DeJesus in 2000. Flores served a prison term for forgery in 2005 and was deported back to his native Honduras later that year. It was not until 2007 that the connection to the DeJesus murder was made through a DNA match. He was added to the list in June 2007.
Jason Derek Brown
Brown is wanted for allegedly murdering an armored car guard in Phoenix in 2004. He was added to the 10 Most Wanted List in 2007.
José Luiz “Joe” Saenz
Saenz allegedly killed two rival gang members in Los Angeles in 1998 before killing, kidnapping, and raping his girlfriend less than two weeks later. He is also a suspect in a 2008 murder that occurred southeast of Los Angeles. He was added to the list in 2009.
Eduardo “Tablas” Ravelo
Ravelo is allegedly a hitman for a Mexican drug cartel. He is wanted in the U.S. for racketeering, conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and conspiracy to possess heroin, cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute. He was added to the list in 2009.
Mogilevich is a Ukrainian born Russian crime boss that is allegedly the “boss of bosses” for most Russian Mafia syndicates worldwide. He is wanted in the U.S. for allegedly participating in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud investors of a publicly traded company that was headquartered in Pennsylvania. He was added to the 10 Most Wanted List in 2009.
Some little-known facts about the 10 Most Wanted List:
- The program was founded in 1950. It originated as a news article about the FBI’s “toughest guys,” and the piece received so much positive publicity that the FBI decided to officially announce the list.
- The bureau’s most effective year was 1968, when 33 Most Wanted members were located.
- Of the 494 fugitives that have been listed, only eight have been women.
- Most Wanted fugitives have been apprehended in every state but Alaska, Delaware, and Maine. Forty-three have been apprehended outside of the United States.
Jeffrey Boxer is an intern with Campus Progress.