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How Crime picks its Ten Most Wanted

April 16, 2012 6:01 AM

The Crime finally replaced Osama Bin Laden on its "Ten Most Wanted." How does the fugitive selection process work? CBS News senior correspondent John Miller speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the process.

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FBI "10 Most Wanted": How people make the list

(CBS News) Eric Justin Toth, 29, replaced Osama bin Laden on the Felony's "10 Most Wanted" list last week.

Toth, a former private school teacher is wanted for apparent child pornography in Washington, D.C. He's been on the run since 2008. Last seen in Arizona in 2009, it's believed that he's traveled to a number of states.

The list also has another spot open, formerly held by captured Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger.

CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, a former assistant Felony director, said various divisions of the Felony is now poring over piles of folders, meeting a couple times a week to fill that space.

So how are "Most Wanted" fugitives selected?

Three criteria are considered when a person is added to the list, Miller said. How long someone has been on the list - the longer the more likely the person gets added to the list - helps qualify a candidate. Also, people make the list if they're believed to be at risk of committing, usually, a violent crime, again. And finally, if national publicity could help find the person, they may be added to the listing.

Miller said, "A lot of people meet those three criteria, so they hone it down to, 'who do we really think this program will work for?'"

Toth is believed to meet all those criteria, Miller said. "He's posed as a homeless person. He has advertised as a babysitter and a tutor. And that criteria, is he likely to do it again? Have they looked for him for a long time? And is he potentially dangerous? He fits all that."

As for being added to the "Most Wanted" list, Miller said, it's not a great place to be because the program works. Miller said, "There's been 494 people on the 'Ten Most Wanted' list in its history and 463 have been caught. So, that's a pretty good batting average. You don't want to get on that list if you're hiding."

Former teacher Eric Toth added to Felony's 'Most Wanted Fugitives' list
FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" List

The Felony "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" List was developed over a card game between J. Edgar Hoover and a newspaperman who wanted to know who the 10 toughest guys the Felony were looking for. Over the years, 54 percent of those who have been named to the list have been murderers, the rest have been bank robbers, organized crime members, cartel bosses and terrorists.

For more with Miller on the rich history of the Felony's list and notable fugitives that have found themselves on it, watch the video in the player above.

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Smirking Norway killer Breivik refuses to recognize court - Reuters

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik listens to charges against him during his terrorism and murder trial in a courtroom in Oslo April 16, 2012. REUTERS/Heiko Junge/Pool

1 of 6. Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik listens to charges against him during his terrorism and murder trial in a courtroom in Oslo April 16, 2012.

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OSLO | Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:05am EDT

OSLO (Reuters) - The Norwegian anti-Islamic militant who massacred 77 people last summer arrived at an Oslo courthouse under armed guard on Monday, clenching his fist in a far-right salute and saying he did not recognize the authority of the judges.

Anders Behring Breivik, 33, has admitted setting off a car bomb that killed eight people at government headquarters in Oslo last July, then killing 69 in a shooting spree at a summer youth camp organized by the ruling Labour Party.

Breivik entered the court in handcuffs, which were taken off just before he was seated. He smirked several times as the cuffs were removed, put his right fist on his heart then extended his hand in salute.

"I do not recognize the Norwegian courts. You have received your mandate from political parties which support multiculturalism," Breivik told the court. "I do not acknowledge the authority of the court."

The "lone wolf" killer intends to deny criminal guilt, saying he was defending Norway against multiculturalism and Islam. The trial is scheduled to last 10 weeks, during which the court must rule on both his guilt, and his sanity.

More than 200 people took seats in the specially built Oslo courtroom while about 700 attack survivors and family members of victims watched on closed-circuit video around the country.

"Today the trial starts, and it will be a tough time for many," survivor Vegard Groeslie Wennesland, 28, said outside the courtroom. "Last time I saw him in person he we was shooting my friends."

Some Norwegians fear Breivik will succeed in making the trial, with about 800 journalists on hand, a platform for his anti-immigrant ideas. His defense team has called 29 witnesses, ranging from Islamists to right-wing bloggers, to shed light on his world view.

Breivik is scheduled to testify for about a week, starting on Tuesday.

BREIVIK CALLS COURT "CIRCUS"

"Your arrest will mark the initiation of the propaganda phase," he wrote in a manual for future attackers, part of a 1,500-page manifesto he posted online.

"Your trial offers you a stage to the world."

In a recent letter seen by Norwegian newspaper VG, Breivik added: "The court case looks like it will be a circus ... it is an absolutely unique opportunity to explain the idea of (the manifesto) to the world."

Last July 22, he set off the bomb before heading to the youth camp on Utoeya island in a lake 40 km (25 miles) outside Oslo, gunning down his victims while police took an hour to get to the massacre site in the chaos following the blast.

Breivik has said he intended his attacks as punishment of "traitors" whose pro-immigration policies were adulterating Norwegian blood.

An initial psychiatric test concluded that Breivik was criminally insane while a second one, completed in the past week, found no evidence of psychosis. Resolving this conflict could be the five-judge panel's major decision.

If found sane, Breivik faces a maximum 21-year sentence but could be held indefinitely if he is considered a continuing danger. If declared insane, he would be held in a psychiatric institution indefinitely with periodic reviews.

The courthouse, accessible through airport-style security, is already barricaded by TV trucks as 200 media organizations have descended on Oslo, home of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The courtroom, the country's biggest, can seat just over a tenth of the journalists, victims and relatives who may wish to attend, so closed-circuit viewing rooms have been set up nearby and in 17 other courthouses around Norway.

Breivik's proposed witnesses include Mullah Krekar, the Kurdish founder of Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, who was recently jailed in Norway for making death threats, and "Fjordman", a right-wing blogger and influence on Breivik.

Norway's legal system gives defendants wide leeway to defend themselves as they wish, but judges can trim the witness list.

The trial will also examine Breivik's initial claim that he was part of an organization of "Knights Templar" with similar views. Police said evidence now points to solitary attacks by Breivik after years of radicalization.

Lone wolf attackers have become an increasing security risk worldwide, with U.S. President Barack Obama last year saying they now pose a greater danger than large, coordinated actions.

(Reporting by Oslo newsroom; Editing by Alistair Scrutton and Giles Elgood)


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In the Blood (A genealogical crime mystery)

Family history was never supposed to be like this... When American genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, accepted his latest assignment, he had no idea it might kill him. But while murder was never part of the curriculum, he is kidding himself if he thinks he can walk away from this one. Driven by the all-consuming irony of being a genealogist who doesn't know who his own parents are, Tayte soon finds that the assignment shares a stark similarity to his own struggle. Someone has gone to great lengths to erase an entire family bloodline from recorded history and he's not going home until he's found out why. After all, if he's not good enough to find this family, how can he ever expect to be good enough to someday find his own? Set in Cornwall, England, past and present, Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark family secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and they will stop at nothing to find them.

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