I was doing some research into AMW, trying to find old fugitive profile dates and whatnot, and I came across this article from the Associated Press that highlighted some of the major milestones of both AMW and Unsolved Mysteries.
A couple things to note about the article: - It claims Steven McMillian and Kirkton Bruce were the first fugitives captured thanks to the show. I have no idea why they got this information wrong (especially in 1991, three years after AMW debuted). Unless they meant first pair of fugitives captured thanks to the show, which, if they meant that, is accurate, but the way it's phrased doesn't seem to indicate that.
- As of April 26, 1991, the date of the article's publication, AMW had caught five of the U.S. Marshals' 15 Most Wanted. A double-check of the master capture list confirms this to be true (Mark Austin Goodman, James Ray Renton, William Hewlett, Vernon Earle, Robert Nauss)
I'm going through more of these AP articles, so hopefully I'll find something else interesting too!
Post by Scumhunter on Nov 26, 2019 10:44:16 GMT -5
Really cool find! It is funny we think of AMW as the show that started it all when Unsolved Mysteries started showing fugitives before them all, but AMW was the fugitive-focused show that took crimefighting to a new level while Unsolved Mysteries was a combo show of true crime and.... unsolved mysteries lol.
Yeah I've been going through all the unsolved cases listed on the site - working on my personal episode guide and seeing who's still out there/what cases I'm missing - and I've noticed UM profiled an inordinate amount of unsolved murders, much more than AMW ever did. I think we on the forum tend to think AMW did an overload of unsolved murders during its last couple years, but it really didn't have anything on UM.