Synopses & Reviews
In 1949, a crime reporter looking for a way to fill a column published the nationand#8217;s ten worst criminals as classified by the FBI: two accused murderers, four escaped convicts, a bank robber, and three and#147;confidence men.and#8221; In addition to the stark black and white photos that accompanied the article, the public was most moved by the idea that law enforcement was asking them for help. Fired up by the gesture of confidence, Americans banded together to wholeheartedly support the motion, leading to tips that helped facilitate the capture of the advertised criminals. Some of those on the list even surrendered voluntarily due to the increased publicity. The roguesand#8217; gallery showcases fugitives such as:
and#149; William Raymond Nesbit, first on the list to be captured
and#149; James Earl Ray, assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
and#149; Ted Bundy, ruthless serial killer
and#149; Ruth Eisemann-Schier, kidnapper and first woman to make the Top Ten
and#149; Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, 1993 World Trade Center bomber
This encyclopedia includes criminalsand#8217; photographs, crime details, and and#147;interesting fugitive factsand#8221; as well as a brief history of the list and what it has accomplished in more than fifty years.
About the Author
is an American crime writer who has written a number of nonfiction books and novels and also writes for comic books. He has also worked as an editor and writer at Menand#8217;s Health
, and Philadelphia
magazines. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.