Really Bad Women

Menstuff® has compiled the following information on Really Bad Women.

FBI Most Wanted Women - Only 8 have made the list, ever
I Want To Be Wanted: How to get on the FBI's list of top fugitives
FBI's Ten Most Wanted - Book
Related Issues:
Women's Violence, Women who Sexually Abuse Children, Teacher's Pet and Girls Gone Wild on YouTube


Really Bad Women

A closer look at the women who have earned that dubious distinction - FBI's legendary Most Wanted Fugitives list. There is no woman currently on the list. There have only been eight ever to enter that elite club of fugitives since the FBI began keeping its tally back in 1950. The list, which today includes Osama bin Laden and notorious Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger, was launched after a 1949 wire-service news story on notable toughs wanted by the bureau generated so much public interest that FBI head J. Edgar Hoover decided to codify things. A brief history of women gone really, really wild.

Shauntay L. Henderson is the last woman to have appeared on the list. She grew up in the Charlie Parker Square housing project in Kansas City, Mo.--a place she referred to as 'Killa City' on her MySpace page. She attended five different schools in the span of three years, according to local news reports, shunning the classroom for a harder education on the streets. By the time she caught the FBI's attention, Shauntay Henderson had become a feared leader of Kansas City's 12th Street Gang, authorities say--wanted for one murder, and suspected in as many as five more, not to mention a series of shootings in which police believe she may have played a role.

The G-men got their girl on Saturday, March 31, when Henderson, 24, was apprehended less than 24 hours after being placed on the bureau's vaunted Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. (A judge entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf, and assigned her to a public defender.) A reputed gang member, Henderson was charged with one count of second-degree murder in the September 2006 shooting of a man who was killed as he sat in his car outside a local convenience store.

Ruth Eisemann-Schier was the first woman to appear on the FBI's Most Wanted list. She was charged with her partner Gary Steven Krist in the 1968 kidnapping of Miami heiress Barbara Jane Mackle for a $500,000 ransom. The victim was found alive in an underground coffin and Krist was arrested two days later. Eisemann-Schier escaped, and was on the run for almost three months until she was arrested in March 1969 after applying for a nursing job. She pleaded guilty to kidnapping and was sentenced to seven years in prison. After serving four years of her sentence, she was paroled and deported to her native Honduras.

Marie Dean Arrington spent two years on the list after escaping from prison in 1969 while she was awaiting execution. She had originally been sentenced to death for the murder of a Florida legal secretary who worked for a public defender who unsuccessfully represented her two children on felony charges. Arrington escaped by cutting through a window screen, and fled in her pajamas. After she was caught, she was sentenced in 1972 to 10 additional years for escaping, but her death sentence was commuted to life in prison when the U.S Supreme Court struck down capital punishment as unconstitutional. She remains in prison in Florida today.

Angela Yvonne Davis is probably the most famous woman ever to make the FBI's list. A prominent African-American communist organizer and philosophy professor, Davis was active in legal-defense efforts on behalf of George Jackson, one of three black inmates at California's Soledad prison charged with killing a white guard in retaliation for the deaths of several other black inmates, who were shot to death in the prison exercise yard. There was an attempt to free Jackson during an appearance in a California courtroom in 1970; four people, including a judge,were shot and killed, and police said the gun used in the incident was registered to Davis. Wanted as an accomplice, she was arrested in New York City in October 1970 and returned to California to face charges of kidnapping, murder and conspiracy. She was subsequently acquitted of all charges, and still teaches at California universities today.

Bernadine Dohrn made the list in 1970. A former cheerleader and graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Dohrn became active in the group Students for a Democratic Society in the late 1960s. The SDS splintered into factions; Dohrn's group, known as The Weathermen, advocated violent action against the U.S. government. After an explosion in a Greenwich Village apartment killed several of its members, the group went underground (and became known as the Weather Underground), but carried on a bombing campaign. Dohrn was charged with 'mob action, riot and conspiracy' in an alleged bombing plot in Michigan and a series of violent demonstrations in Chicago. She lived on the lam until 1980, when she and her husband, Weather Underground leader Bill Ayres, turned themselves in. While the government would later drop some charges against her, she pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and bail jumping. After a short time in prison, she was released and joined a law firm in Chicago.

Brandeis University student Susan Edith Saxe was another young radical who helped swell the ranks of the FBI's Most Wanted list in 1970. Along with Katherine Ann Power, she escaped from a bank heist in Brighton, Mass., in which one of her accomplices, an ex-convict, shot and killed Boston police officer William Schroeder. Saxe was on the run until 1975 when she was arrested in Philadelphia after a police officer recognized her from a photo distributed by the FBI the same day.

Katherine Ann Power landed on the list with Susan Edith Saxe. Students at Brandeis University, the two robbed a Massachusetts National Guard Armory and a bank in Brighton, Mass; during the robbery, Boston police officer William Schroeder was shot and killed by one of their accomplices. Power escaped and spent the next 23 years in hiding. Using the alias Alice Metzinger, she moved to Oregon where she married and had a child. She was removed from the list in 1985 because the FBI could not find her. But she turned herself in to authorities in 1993. She was sentenced to a total of 17 to 18 years in prison for both crimes but was released in 1999.

Donna Jean Willmott disappeared, along with her alleged accomplice, Claude Daniel Marks, in 1985. The two went on the lam after trying to buy explosives from an undercover FBI agent in hopes of breaking Oscar Lopez, a leader of the 1960s radical group Armed Forces of National Liberation, out of a maximum-security federal prison. The FBI put them on the Most Wanted list in 1987. They surrendered in 1994. In exchange for pleading guilty to the charges against them in Chicago, the U.S. attorney's office agreed to drop indictments against Willmott filed in California and Louisiana. The plea agreement indicated that neither Marks nor Willmott had necessarily known of the plans for the prison escape, but both admitted to knowing that the group would use explosives to damage property. Claude Marks was sentenced to six years in prison and fined $1,000. Donna Jean Willmott, who was valedictorian at her Roman Catholic high school, was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $500.

I Want To Be Wanted: How to get on the FBI's list of top fugitives.

How do criminals get their names on the list? They wait for a spot to open. Whenever a top-ranked fugitive dies or gets caught, the central FBI office surveys its 56 field offices for possible replacements. (A few of the Most Wanted have also been declared "inactive" and removed from the list.) A committee decides which of the field offices' nominees are most dangerous to society, and whose cases would benefit the most from added publicity. The list isn't always limited to the top 10 fugitives, though. At various times, it's been as short as seven or eight names after a string of arrests, and as long as 16 when a group of affiliated criminals all made the list together. (Fugitives beyond the traditional 10 are called "Special Additions"; Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, who planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, warranted such an addition.) Still, most fugitives have to wait their turn. Even Osama Bin Laden had to queue up—he joined the list in June 1999, almost a year after the embassy bombing in Kenya.

The FBI says it doesn't apportion slots for particular crimes, but observers point out that the list regularly includes those accused of certain types of unlawful activities. In recent years, for example, the Most Wanted comprised the usual mix of a cop killer, a drug dealer, a sex offender, a serial killer, an escaped convict, someone who murdered his family, and an old-school mafia boss. In the 1960s and 1970s, political agitators like Angela Davis were sometimes listed. Robbers, who showed up often in the early years of the list, continue to make the list.

Dutiful citizens sometimes need a little monetary incentive, of course. The FBI started offering rewards of up to $50,000 in 1997, then bumped up the figure to $100,000 in 2004. (A few fugitives warrant higher price tags. Bin Laden is worth $27 million, while Victor Manuel Gerena, who stole $7 million from a security company, has a $1 million bounty.) But it's not clear whether the rewards have made a big difference. The FBI hasn't captured more fugitives since they start using bounties. In fact, the Bureau's most successful years were during the 1950s and 1960s.
Source: By Michelle Tsai,

*    *    *

Contact Us | Disclaimer | Privacy Statement
Menstuff® Directory
Menstuff® is a registered trademark of Gordon Clay
©1996-2019, Gordon Clay