FBI Debuts Ten Most Wanted – This Day in 1949

On this day in 1949 the Federal Bureau of Investigation instituted the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list in an effort to publicize particularly dangerous fugitives. The creation of the program arose out of a wire service news story about the “toughest guys” the FBI wanted to capture. The story drew so much public attention that the “Ten Most Wanted” list was given the okay by J. Edgar Hoover the following year. To date, nearly 500 of the criminals on the list have been apprehended or located, 153 as a result of tips from the public. The Criminal Investigative Division (CID) of the FBI asks all 56 field offices to submit candidates for inclusion on the list. The CID in association with the Office of Public and Congressional Affairs then proposes finalists for approval by the FBI’s Deputy Director.

I did the math. The FBI, with its $8.3 billion annual budget and 30,000 employees, has managed to apprehend eight criminals off the “Ten Most Wanted” list per year. That comes to $1 billion and 3,700 personnel for every capture. Admittedly, the FBI probably does more than chase down the “Top Ten” guys. But when I did the math, I sent an email to James Comey, current FBI Director. I offered to find one man off the list for $900 million. So far – no response.

We spend an incredible amount of time, talent, and treasure tracking down the men on our “Most Wanted” list. God has a similar list. Your name is on it. Would God spend $1 billion and 3,700 angels to apprehend you? No – he spent so much more. He gave his son who shed his blood. To have spent $1 billion would have meant getting off easy for God. So he went all in. Why? Because you are on his “Most Wanted” list. He will not rest until he finds you.

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