FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives by year, 1959

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In 1959, the United States FBI, under Director J. Edgar Hoover, continued for a tenth year to maintain a public list of the people it regarded as the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.

1959 was notable as the first year in which none of the original top tenners from 1950 still appeared on the Most Wanted list. But 1959 opened with the FBI once again facing a top Ten list nearly filled with elusive long-timers:

  • 1950 #14 (nine years), Frederick J. Tenuto, remained still at large
  • 1952 #36 (seven years), James Eddie Diggs, remained still at large
  • 1954 #78 (five years), David Daniel Keegan, remained still at large
  • 1956 #97 (three years), Eugene Francis Newman, remained still at large
  • 1957 #102 (two years), George Edward Cole, arrested July 6, 1959
  • 1958 #106 (one year), Dominick Scialo, surrendered July 27, 1959
  • 1958 #107 (one year), Angelo Luigi Pero, remained still at large
  • 1958 #108 (one year), Frederick Grant Dunn, found dead September 8, 1959

However, captures were soon made, thus once again clearing room on the list for a new batch of fugitives. By year end, the FBI had added more than a dozen additional names.

1959 fugitives[edit]

The "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" listed by the FBI in 1959 include (in FBI list appearance sequence order):

David Lynn Thurston[edit]

January 8, 1959 #110
One month on the list
David Lynn Thurston - U.S. prisoner apprehended February 6, 1959 in New York City by police after a chase through theater crowds on the streets, after attempting to rob a Broadway restaurant


John Thomas Freeman[edit]

February 17, 1959 #111
One day on the list
John Thomas Freeman (fugitive) - U.S. prisoner arrested February 18, 1959 by the FBI in Hillside, Maryland after a citizen recognized his photograph in a newspaper article

Edwin Sanford Garrison[edit]

March 4, 1959 #112
One year on the list
Edwin Sanford Garrison - U.S. prisoner arrested September 9, 1960 in St. Louis, Missouri; he told the FBI Agents: "I'm glad it's over. I know the FBI. You can't fool the FBI for very long." He had also been arrested in 1953 as Fugitive #59 in Detroit, Michigan

Emmett Bernard Kervan[edit]

April 29, 1959 #113
Two weeks on the list
Emmett Bernard Kervan - U.S. prisoner arrested May 13, 1959 in El Paso, Texas

Richard Allen Hunt[edit]

May 27, 1959 #114
One week on the list
Richard Allen Hunt - U.S. prisoner arrested June 2, 1959 by the local sheriff in Thermopolis, Wyoming after a citizen recognized him from a wanted flyer

Walter Bernard O'Donnell[edit]

June 17, 1959 #115
Two days on the list
Walter Bernard O'Donnell - U.S. prisoner arrested June 19, 1959 in Norfolk, Virginia by the FBI after a citizen recognized his photograph in a newspaper article. At the time of his apprehension O'Donnell was posing as a retired U.S. Postal Inspector and was scheduled to speak before a Norfolk citizen group that night.

Billy Owens Williams[edit]

July 10, 1959 #116
Eight months on the list
Billy Owens Williams - U.S. prisoner arrested March 4, 1960 in New York City

James Francis Jenkins[edit]

July 21, 1959 #117
Three weeks on the list
James Francis Jenkins - U.S. prisoner arrested August 12, 1959 in a Buffalo, New York motel after an informant tipped off the Bureau

Harry Raymond Pope[edit]

August 11, 1959 #118
Two weeks on the list
Harry Raymond Pope - U.S. prisoner arrested August 25, 1959 in Lubbock, Texas by the FBI and Texas Rangers

James Francis Duffy[edit]

August 26, 1959 #119
One week on the list
James Francis Duffy - U.S. prisoner arrested September 2, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Robert Garfield Brown, Jr.[edit]

September 9, 1959 #120
Four months on the list
Robert Garfield Brown, Jr. - U.S. prisoner arrested January 11, 1960 in Cincinnati, Ohio by the FBI after a citizen recognized his photograph on an Identification Order

Frederick Anthony Seno[edit]

September 24, 1959 #121
One day on the list
Frederick Anthony Seno - U.S. prisoner arrested September 24, 1959 in a Miami, Florida rooming house where he had been living under an assumed name. When approached by FBI Agents he shouted, "Don't shoot! Don't shoot!"

Smith Gerald Hudson[edit]

October 7, 1959 #122
Ten months on the list
Smith Gerald Hudson - U.S. prisoner arrested July 31, 1960 in Cozad, Nebraska after a citizen recognized him from a wanted flyer. Hudson refused to admit his identity and was identified through fingerprints

Joseph Lloyd Thomas[edit]

October 21, 1959 #123
Two months on the list, later also Fugitive #304 in 1969
Joseph Lloyd Thomas - reappeared as Fugitive #304 in 1969; was a U.S. prisoner arrested December 16, 1959 in Pelzer, South Carolina by the FBI after a citizen recognized his photograph on an Identification Order in a post office. Thomas had grown a mustache for a disguise. He had established himself in the used car business and had enrolled his children in a local school


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