Most Wanted List - FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover began the
Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program in March 1950.
James Sydney Gottfried born in the Republic of Ireland, he moved
to South London as a child in 1939 and started using the name Godfried.
He appeared in juvenile court at the age of 12. He was twice jailed
for robbery in the 50's. In 1963 he stole a van, assaulted and robbed
a 60-year-old woman. He became an international double-dealer as
the owner of a casino and nightclub. His deals involved fake scotch,
violent hookers, counterfeit money, mobsters, diamonds, Swiss banks,
and scams against Americans. His younger brother, James Eric Gottfried,
a serial rapist and murderer, hung himself in a Greek jail in 1987.
Sydney has been on the FBI's wanted list since 1989 for a bank fraud
run by the Mafia. In Florida, he met and married a Nicaraguan, Ligia
Juarez . She had a daughter Karla, 10, who was murdered, stabbed
17 times then shot her in head by Syd's son, David, 16. He remains
in a Florida prison. Ligia died in 2000 and Gottfried took up with
a Ukrainian woman. He has two sons with him, aged 10 and 12.
Boys of Crime -- The FBI marked the golden anniversary of its
10 Most Wanted list . Of the 458 who made the list , 429
were apprehended. Cases against 15 never caught were eventually
dropped, and 4 were removed because others were more deserving.
134 of 429 of the criminals captured were a direct result of cooperation
by citizens. Facts
on the Program