The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Friday, January 04, 2008

America's Most Wanted

Every week, I get lucky and get to bring you info on the upcoming episode of my favorite show, America's Most Wanted. And, lucky for you- it's that time again:

James Blunt and Jose Espinosa: Cops in N.J. are searching for two Union County Jail inmates who they say devised an elaborate scheme to break out of the facility on December 15, 2007. According to police, the men used tools to remove cinder blocks in their cells, squeezed out of their cells and on to a rooftop, then took a 25-foot leap of faith over a razor-lined fence to their freedom.

Madera County California Escapees: On March 24, 2003, guards at the Madera County, Calif. Jail in made a chilling discovery: five of their most dangerous inmates were missing. In the following months, cops were able to catch two of the jailbirds, but almost five years later, cops are hoping that AMW viewers can help put the remaining three escapees back behind bars.

Thomas Lollis: Andre Wood was 29 years old for just one hour before his life ended. As he left his own birthday celebration, cops say Andre ran into Thomas Lollis, who was packing heat, and never had a chance.

Steven Hayes: Police in Lewisville, Texas are searching for convicted sex offender Steven Andrew Hayes, the man they say sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl after giving her drugs. Cops were hoping to find Hayes in Texas, but now believe he may have moved to another state. But they don't know which one, and they're now asking AMW viewers for help.

Elias Diaz: Florida cops say it didn't take much to make Elias Diaz mad at his best friend - mad enough to kill.

Robert Falkner: For more than a decade, a vagabond imposter has been preying on members of religious communities, scamming them of their hard-earned money. With California police hot on his trail, Robert Falkner fled, putting many lives at risk, including those of his own wife and three children. Cops want him, not only for assault with a deadly weapon, but also to put an end to his fraudulent schemes once and for all.

Glen Godwin: Fugitive Glen Stewart Godwin has now been on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List for more than 11 years. Now authorities would like to see this convicted killer move from "most wanted" to "most likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars."

Joseph Quartieri: In the 1990's, AMW profiled elusive fugitive Joseph Quartieri a number of times. He was wanted for trying to kill a police officer in 1979, and then escaping from jail. AMW received a number of tips, but nothing led to Quartieri. Now, investigators believe he may have been sighted -- at mobsters' funerals.

Jose Salaz: The Texas penal system has a near-perfect record of capturing inmates who attempt to break out of their prisons. The only person now tarnishing their record is Jose Salaz, a man sentenced to 105 years in prison who managed to escape in 1997. More than ten years later, Salaz is still on the run, and Texas police want to take care of their unfinished business with the escapee once and for all.

Malcolm Kysor: A convicted killer was able to escape a Pennsylvania prison in November by climbing into a trash bin that was headed to a pig farm, police say. Malcolm Kysor, 53, was assigned to kitchen detail when he climbed into trash can that was to be used for food scraps and was whisked away to freedom. Now, cops need your help to find him.

Dennis Lilly: The warden at the last prison where Dennis Lilly escaped called him "just a little rascal". Lilly has slithered his way out of four prisons and jails, and in his last escape from the Missouri State Penitentiary, he's been gone the longest: since 1986. But a sighting as recent as 2001 has authorities hoping this clever criminal can -- once again -- be put back behind bars.

Yaser Said: Cops outside of Dallas, Texas are searching for a man who may have brutally taken the lives of his two daughters. Why it happened is a mystery and cops hope that finding the fugitive will clear up this baffling and horrifying case.

Anthony Artrip: Claiming he had injured himself during his five-hour standoff with police, Anthony Artrip -- one of the U.S. Marshals' Top 15 Most Wanted fugitives -- rolled into a Pittsburgh, Penn. court in a wheelchair to face charges of escape. Cop say that soon Artrip will be on his way back to Kentucky, where he busted out of jail three months ago.

Farhead Monem: When Farhad "Fred" Monem came to the United States to avoid being drafted into the Iranian military, he eventually made a name for himself as the state of Oregon's food service administrator. But, the FBI claims Monem purchased substandard and rotten food to sell to the Oregon prison system, and took kickbacks to ensure a massive payday for himself, to the tune of $1.3 million.

America's Most wanted can be seen on your local Fox station, Saturday Nights at 9pm. And in the mean time- stop by their website-