Post by HeadMarshal on Dec 29, 2012 14:38:25 GMT -5
Out of the 200+ fugitives added to the USMS 15 Most Wanted List, the three aformentioned fugitives above are the only fugitives to be removed from the list without being captured (to the best of my knowledge).
Gerald Hemp: Cocaine kingpin who escaped from Florida custody after failing to return from a dentist appointment. Wanted for questioning in the deaths of his smuggling pilot and another person. Added in the Late 80's and removed from the list in 2004. First aired on AMW in 1989. If he's still alive then he's probably living somewhere in Latin America. www.justice.gov/marshals/wanted/hemp15.pdf
Post by HeadMarshal on Dec 29, 2012 23:20:19 GMT -5
I think I can provide answers as to why they were removed.
Hemp: The 2004 AMW airing mentioned that there was no sightings in the 20 years he had been on the run. I'm unsure to believe whether he was killed or got someone to harbor him very well. Eventually, the Marshals must have determined that Hemp's placement on the 15 MW List was leading the manhunt nowhere.
Menendez: According to his archived amw.com profile, he had been laundering money for both the infamous Medelin and Cali drug cartels in Colombia. He also claimed to be a cousin of Pablo Escobar. My best guess is that when Colombian police officers killed Escobar and several other Medellin cartel members in the early 90's, they might have taken out Menendez. I don't think at the time that the Cali cartel would have liked having a member playing for both them and their rival cartel. web.archive.org/web/20070608033715/http://www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=26965
Vu: He most likely fled to Vietnam, even though he's originally from Pennsylvania. I doubt the Vietnam authorities are really interested in locating him.
Recently I've been doing some research into the U.S. Marshals' Top 15 List, trying to figure out who was added when, who replaced who, etc. Using the Wayback Machine, I decided to use the information I know to pinpoint when these three were replaced and by whom.
Here's what I discovered:
Richard Lee McNair was added to the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted on April 13, 2006. At the time, there was a complete list of 15 fugitives on the list (Abbott, Chism, Creamer, Hemp, Hiers, Howard, Menendez, McLean, Neverson, Perkins, Petties, Ruffo, Vu, Walters and Yager). McNair's addition replaced John Vu, as you can see here. Notice that Hemp and Menendez are still on the list. This is interesting, because of the three that were replaced, Vu had been the most recently added (my research indicates he was added in either late 1997 or early 1998. He's the only one not listed on the earliest version of the Top 15 list I could find on archive.org). Why they went with someone added in the mid-90s first instead of Hemp (added in 1989) or Menendez (unknown, possibly early 90s) is beyond me.
Both Hemp and Menendez are still on the Top 15 list as of May 2006, according to this page on archive.org.
Now here's where things get interesting. Ralph "Bucky" Phillips was added on September 6, 2006, and captured five days later on September 11, 2006. Again, there had been a full "membership" on the list when Phillips was added, which means he replaced either Hemp or Menendez (for the sake of argument, let's say he replaced Hemp). But if you look at when the Top 15 list was updated on 9/11/06 (Bucky's capture date) you'll see that Menendez is missing as well, which means he was probably removed around the same time. Unfortunately no page between May 2006 and September 2006 was archived, so we can't get a more accurate picture, but I think it's safe to assume that Hemp and Menendez were removed in September 2006 to make room for more recent fugitives. Given the dry spell in 2006 with Top 15 captures (only Bucky Phillips was caught) and the fact two major breaking cases happened with McNair and Phillips, it's really no wonder the Marshals decided to clean house.
Both empty spots on the list would be filled by Paul Clouston (11/30/06) and Kenneth Freeman (12/27/06). Notice Freeman was added less than a month after AMW aired him.
I think it's fair to say that, unlike the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, the U.S. Marshals don't like adding "special additions."