500TH Person Added to FBI Most Wanted List

112718-undated-file-photos-showing-the-thirteen-men-listed-as-most-wanted-terThe FBI ‘Most Wanted List’ began on March 14th, 1950.  It began with a conversation between J. Edgar Hoover, and William Kinsey Hutchinson, of the International News Service (the predecessor of the United Press International) Editor-in-Chief, who were discussing ways to promote capture of the FBI’s “toughest guys,” in late 1949.  As of April 23, 2013, 498 fugitives had been listed, eight of them women, and 469 (94%) captured or located.  Monday, the FBI added their 500th fugitive to the list of most wanted.

“Walter Lee Williams, 64, a former University of Southern California professor suspected of child pornography and engaging in sexual acts with minors, is the 500th person to be added to the list,” Justice Department and FBI spokesmen said.

On April 30th, he was charged with one count of producing child pornography.  He was also charged with one count of traveling for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places.

In the indictment are revelations that he traveled to the Philippines in 2011 to have sex with two 14 year old boys.  He had met them online in 2010.  Williams is charged with both having sex with them and taking explicit photos of the two teenagers.  He is also accused of having “internet sex” with them prior to his travel to the Philippines.

His M.O. is to prey upon boys aged 14-17 from third-world countries.

“USC officials have thoroughly cooperated with the investigation and there is no evidence, at this time, that criminal activity took place on campus,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller wrote in an email.

In addition to living in Palm Springs, Williams has lived in Indonesia, Polynesia and Thailand, according to the FBI. Williams also was affiliated with the Buddhist Universal Association in Los Angeles.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Williams.

The latest additions to the FBI most wanted list, before today’s 500th person, are:

The 497th, on June 5, 2012, is Fidel Urbina.  He is wanted for allegedly beating and raping a woman in March 1998. While out on bond, he also allegedly beat, raped and strangled a second woman to death in October 1998. Her body was later found in the trunk of a vehicle that had been burned. Both crimes occurred in Chicago, Illinois. Urbina may be residing in Durango, Mexico. He also has ties to the Chicago, Illinois, area.

Number 498, was added on March 4, 2013.  He is Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracia.  Gracia was wanted for first-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 63-year old Denver resident on August 17, 2011.  He was apprehended in Guadalajara, Mexico on March 27, 2013.

The 499th:  Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara, aka Pelon, is accused of killing a 26-year-old woman in front of her 4-year-old stepson in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 2008. Guevara, 25, and the woman lived in the same mobile home park. Authorities said Guevara broke into her home, raped her and stabbed her to death.

He is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary. He was named a federal fugitive one year later, and remains at large. He is believed to be in Mexico, but may have traveled to the U.S. using fraudulent documents, according to an FBI press release issued today.

Today, the FBI added their 500th name of infamy to their most wanted list.  If Post Office walls could tell a story, this would be it.

James Turnage

The Guardian Express


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