Counting the arrest of Boston mob figure Whitey Bulger, the FBI has caught 94 percent of the fugitives places on its Top 10 list since its inception in 1950–465 of 494–says the Christian Science Monitor. Of those nabbed, 152 have been arrested because of citizen cooperation. The biggest source of publicity leading to fugitive arrests is the Fox TV show “America’s's Most Wanted.” It's led to 10 such criminals being brought to justice. (Fox has announced the program’s cancellation.)
Social media might become the FBI's best publicity tool. The Top 10 is on Facebook, and there's an iPhone app for that. Bulger's arrest in Los Angeles is typical in that it occurred far from the site of his alleged crimes. Over the past 20 years, only 15 percent of the Top 10 fugitives have been found in the city of their last known address. Fully 42 percent have been found in foreign countries. Bulger's ability to elude the FBI was atypical. Sixty percent of “Top Tenners” are arrested, located, or otherwise dealt with within a year of being placed on the list. Bulger is the oldest person ever placed on the list.