Mr. Schiff: Hi, welcome
to "FBI 100, A Closer Look." I'm Neal
Schiff of the Bureau's Office of Public Affairs
along with FBI Historian Dr. John Fox. John,
the FBI’s Top Ten list is very familiar
and has been around for more than 57 years?
Dr. Fox: “Back in 1949, the United
Press International wire service actually came
to us and said, ‘We’d like to do
something on the fugitives that you’re
most looking for; the worst you can find.’ And
we gave them a list of ten. It was very successful;
we caught so many of them so quickly that the
next year, March 1950, we actually instituted
the Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive program and
since then we’ve had over 480 people
on and caught 94% of them at this point."
Mr. Schiff: And the Top Ten
list is really designed to generate tips and
leads for law enforcement from citizens who may
know something about these dangerous folks?
Dr. Fox: "It’s a great way
of getting the information out. People get
to see these fugitives; get to know a little
bit about what they’re like and the crimes
they committed. And get to know that the FBI
wants their help in finding them."
Mr. Schiff: From the FBI's
Public Affairs office, along with Bureau Historian
Dr. John Fox, I'm Neal Schiff with "FBI
100, A Closer Look."