The History of the FBI’s Most Wanted List
A number of events happened in 1949 America; Los Angeles recorded its first snowfall, a 1,200-pound cow got stuck inside a silo in Oklahoma, and it was the first year no African-Americans were lynched in the USA. It was also when the idea of the FBI’s Most Wanted list was conceived.
Classic wanted posters already existed, and the FBI had been using these since the 1920s, to catch military deserters and mob affiliates. But it was now a time where information came from two main sources; television and newspapers.