How Do You View the FBI's Most Wanted List?


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Since 1996, the FBI has published its various most wanted lists, such as the 10 Most Wanted and Cyber's Most Wanted, at fbi.gov for public viewing. Between 1950 and 2010, 494 fugitives have appeared on the FBI's "Top 10" most wanted list, and 463 of them have been located.

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How Do You View the FBI's Most Wanted List?
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J. Edgar Hoover, former director of the FBI, created the "10 Most Wanted" program on March 14, 1950, following a great deal of publicity that resulted from the publishing of a newspaper article the year prior that detailed a list of fugitives the bureau was seeking. To be a candidate for inclusion on the "Most Wanted" list, a person must have a long criminal record or be considered an extreme menace to society and there must be a belief on the part of the FBI that nationwide attention would assist in the location of the fugitive.

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