Mr. Schiff: The FBI’s famed Top Ten list began March 14, 1950. In 1994, now retired FBI Agent Jeff Covington was in on the capture of a Top Ten fugitive—rapist/murderer Joseph Martin Luther Gardner.
Mr. Covington: “We all swooped in on him, and the case agent, Brad Cook, actually put the cuffs on him. To look at him, he didn’t look like his photograph; that’s why we took him back to the office, printed (fingerprinted) him, and then we got the word that it was him, and, of course, he admitted it was him.”
Mr. Schiff: In Tennessee in 1979, Cecil Moses was a special agent. He had a hunch Top Ten fugitive Billy Dean Anderson, wanted for assault to murder, was living in the mountains. A tip led Moses and other agents to Anderson. Shots were fired.
Mr. Moses: “ He was carrying a rifle in one hand, and he had two guns strapped on his belt. Instead of dropping it, he wheeled around and tried to shoot. Then an agent fired two blasts from a shotgun, and he connected. Billy hit the ground, pretty much dead.”
Lots of Top Ten history on the Internet at fbi.gov. I’m Neal Schiff of the Bureau, and that’s what’s happening at the “FBI, This Week.”