These Were America’s Most Wanted Criminals In The Years Between 1980 And 2000

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19. 1982: Thomas William Manning

Tom Manning got himself onto the Most Wanted list in January 1982 for his part in the killing of police officer Philip J. Lamonaco a year earlier. The murder occurred during a regular traffic check in New Jersey. Manning was also wanted due to his links with a revolutionary terrorist group called the United Freedom Front, which had launched attacks on various commercial and military targets in the U.S. over the preceding decade. Justice caught up with Manning in 1985, and he was eventually sentenced to almost 60 years in prison.

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18. 1983: Laney Gibson, Jr.

Laney Gibson, Jr. was included in the Most Wanted list as a prison escapee on November 28, 1983. He’d been in the Clay County Jail in Florida and was due to be tried for a murder, when he escaped with two associates, Jerry Hinkle and Larry Knuckles. Moreover, Gibson has already been found guilty of two other murders. While on the run, he robbed and raped a postal worker, then murdered her. He came off the list on December 18, 1983 20 days after his escape, when he was arrested in a Montgomery, Alabama motel.

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17. 1984: Victor Manuel Gerena

Victor Manuel Gerena was a Wells Fargo worker who went bad. In September 1983 he allegedly held up two co-workers at gunpoint in the company’s depot in West Hartford, Connecticut. Gerena then packed $7 million in cash into the trunk of his car and fled, the authorities said. It was believed that Gerena was a member of a group demanding independence for Puerto Rico. He has never been apprehended and was taken off the list in later 2016, after he had been on it for more than three decades, longer than anyone else at the time. Gerena is thought to be living in Cuba.

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