Founded on March 14, 1950, the list, as stated on the FBI’s Web site, was the byproduct of a 1949 International News Service reporter’s question: Who were the “toughest guys” the FBI was pursuing. The list has included bank robbers and radical political activists of the 1960s and ’70s – when the FBI used controversial strategies, such as Cointelpro – though today it is more likely to include terrorists, serial killers and drug traffickers.
From The Washington Post’s interactive timeline breaking down the Federal Bureau’s famous list. As it turns out, nearly 94% of those criminals who have appeared on the list have been caught. Also? Only eight women have appeared throughout its history. Pretty exclusive club if you ask me.