FBI's Ten Most Wanted list 60th anniversary: A mug shot gallery of Colorado connections
Ernest Tait was one of the few felons to be on the Most Wanted List twice: He's both number 23 and number 133.
Sunday marks the sixtieth anniversary of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. It got its start on March 14, 1950, after an International News Service reporter asked the feds for info on the "toughest guys" on the Bureau's radar -- and when the story came out, director J. Edgar Hoover recognized it as a potential publicity bonanza. And he was right.
Since then, 494 fugitives have made the list, of whom 463 were eventually captured -- ten of them in Colorado.
We've collected vintage mug shots and information about those apprehended here. Not all of them were murderers, rapists, etc.: Early on, the list was dominated by bank robbers, burglars, car thieves and the like. But as the years wore on, the offenses got nastier. Check them out below:
Raymond Edward Young, number 26.
Raymond Edward Young:
Dates on the list: 11/12/51-11/16/51
The FBI doesn't offer details about Young's crimes. The account reads: "Due to FBI investigation, Young was arrested in Denver, Colorado. Young worked nights at a bakery and was apprehended while loading bread trucks." With, presumably, actual bread, not the kind you can spend.
Jack Harvey Raymond, number 88.
Jack Harvey Raymond:
Dates listed: 8/8/55-10/14/55
Again, the feds don't offer much here. Their account reads, "Due to an FBI investigation, Raymond was apprehended in Denver, Colorado." But we managed to track down a more vivid account of his activities from the August 4, 1955 edition of the Miami News. The article begins:
"Slippery, fast-moving Jack Harvey Raymond, one of the top bad-check artists of modern times, was spotlighted by the FBI today as one of the nation's 'Ten Most Wanted' criminals. Raymond and his high-flying girl friend, Helen Virginia Gibbs, a little charmer with expensive tastes, have fleeced gullible persons in at least 29 states, from New York to California, from Florida to the Canadian border."
Daniel Abram Everhart, number 89.
Daniel Abram Everhart:
Dates listed: 8/17/55-10/9/55
Again, there's precious little online about Everhart. The FBI shares only this: "Due to an FBI investigation, Everhart was arrested in Denver, Colorado."
Ernest Tait, back again at number 133.
Dates listed: 07/11/51-07/12/51, 8/16/60-9/10/60
As noted above, Tait was a two-time loser when it came to the Most Wanted List. Here's what the FBI has to say about him in connection to his first arrest: "Tait was arrested in Miami, Florida, by the FBI as a direct result of an Associated Press (AP) story published in the Miami Herald and the Miami Daily News. After being apprehended, Tait said he had intended to shoot it out with the police, but he had read the AP story about himself stating he had been added to the 'Top Ten' list and decided not to try to shoot it out with the FBI."
The mention regarding the second arrest is briefer: "Due to an FBI investigation, Ernest Tait was arrested in Denver, Colorado."
Fortunately, there's more pizzazz in this Trivia Library blurb:
"ERNEST TAIT. Crime: Burglary. Conclusion: Tait was one of the few "elite" who made the Ten Most Wanted list twice. The 1st time was in 1951 after he was identified as one of 2 men involved in burglarizing an Elks lodge in New Castle, Ind. Tait was captured within 24 hours of his addition to the FBI list. He pleaded guilty to charges of 2nd-degree burglary and was sentenced to serve 2 to 5 years in prison. In 1960, Tait's name appeared a 2nd time on the FBI list -- again for burglary. He was subsequently apprehended."
Chester Anderson McGonigal, number 156.
Chester Anderson McGonigal:
Dates listed: 8/14/61-8/17/61
Other than being on the Most Wanted List for three days, McGonigal didn't make much of a mark on crime history. The FBIs one-liner about him: "McGonigal was arrested in Denver, Colorado, by the FBI after a citizen recognized his photograph in a newspaper."
James Robert Bishop, number 225.
James Robert Bishop:
Here's all the feds have to say about Mr. Bishop's eleven days on the list: "Bishop was arrested in Aspen, Colorado by the FBI after a citizen recognized him from an Identification Order. He had been working as a kitchen helper."
Everett Leroy Biggs, number 240.
Everett Leroy Biggs:
Dates listed: 11/21/66-12/1/66
The FBI skimps on data regarding Mr. Biggs. The Bureau's account reads: "Due to an FBI investigation, Biggs was arrested in Broomfield, Colorado."
But Trivia Library at least lets us know what he did to get listed in this squib: "EVERETT LEROY BIGGS. Crime: Bank robbery and armed robbery. Conclusion: Biggs was taken by surprise outside his Colorado hideout."
James Ray Renton, number 240.
James Ray Renton:
Dates listed: 4/7/76-5/9/77
The feds' description is concise: "Due to an FBI investigation, Renton was arrested in Aurora, Colorado." But it turns out that Renton inspired a book entitled Like a Thief's Dream. Here's a description of it:
"James Ray Renton -- thief, counterfeiter, and bank robber -- became one of America's Ten Most Wanted Men when he was charged with murdering a young Arkansas policeman in 1976. After a daring escape from the Tucker Maximum Security Unit in the 1980s, Renton made the FBI's Fifteen Most Wanted List. He later wrote a 60-page account of his escape and adventures, sent in a series of letters to photojournalist Danny Lyon, a close friend of Renton's since they met in the Texas prison system in 1967. After Renton's death in 1996, Lyon visited the Arkansas town where Renton had been convicted, and through an incredible paper trail located Dinker Cassell, who was sentenced to life along with Renton for the murder -- but who may be entirely innocent. Like a Thief's Dream, Lyon's first work of nonfiction prose, is the gripping story of two men -- one alive, the other dead--and an unparalleled portrayal of prison life in the 1980s and 90s."
John William Sherman, number 367.
John William Sherman:
Dates listed: 8/3/79-12/17/81
Sherman was on the run for two years. Then, say the feds, he "was arrested in Golden, Colorado while he was getting into his car outside his residence."
Want more? According to the December 15, 1981 edition of the Daily News, Sherman broke out of a Lompoc, California prison in 1979. He was a member of the George Jackson Brigade, named for a radical prisoner killed in San Quentin by prison guards in 1971. He "allegedly participated in at least 14 of the group's bank robberies and 11 bombings."
Daniel Jay Barney, number 374.
Daniel Jay Barney:
Dates listed: 3/10/81-4/19/81
For the last Colorado capture on the list, a fitting bit of finality for a man wanted for rape and robbery: "Barney took four hostages in a condominium in Denver, Colorado. After two escaped and the police negotiated the release of the other two hostages, Barney killed himself."
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