FBI names 10 top men on 'most wanted' list

James Lee

WASHINGTON -- The FBI is pressing a relentless hunt today for 145 "dangerous" Federal fugitives, in addition to thousands of lesser criminals sought for prosecution by the United States Government.

The G-men listed the ten "most wanted" criminals in the armed and dangerous category as:


Thomas James Holden, triple murderer, Chicago.

Morley Vernon King, wife-slayer, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

William Raymond Nesbit, killer-dynamiter, Sioux City, Iowa.

Henry Randolph Mitchell, bank bandit, Williston, Fla.

Omara August Pinson, police slayer, Hood River, Ore.

Lee Emory Downs, "elite" safe cracker, San Jose, Calif.

Orba Elmer Jackson, Post Office robber, Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Glen Roy Wright, ex-Karpis gangster, Tulsa, Okla.

Henry Harland Shclton, kidnaper, Amasa, Mich.

Morris Guralnick, knifer and escapee, Kingston, N. Y.

Besides the 145 fleeing criminals officially listed as "dangerous," the FBI is seeking 4,239 other Federal fugitives Including 2,102 Army deserters, 1,414 lawbreakers, and 723 draft dodgers.

The G-men, who in 1949 helped local authorities capture 12,780 fugitives, largely through fingerprint identification, have an active file of 20,000 men and women wanted on various charges throughout the United States.

An FBI spokesman told how the bureau carries on its ceaseless search for fugitive criminals. He said:

"The basic operation in seeking a fugitive is to get all the facts about him habits and mannerisms, recreation preferences, hobbles, organizational ties, and, of course, the best possible physical description, with photographs.

"Fugitives usually gravitate to group activities. 'Loners' are few. Thus, it's important to know what activities may attract a wanted man for example, if he's a pool shark, it is inevitable that he will visit poolrooms.

"The FBI must know the names and whereabouts of relatives and former associates. That helps our agents learn what to look for and where to look."

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