Archive for April 12th, 2005

Does anyone who might see this…

So, here’s the question for the day:

Let’s say there was a bad man, a murderer, who was in (federal?) prison from the late 1930’s to the late 1940’s, escaped, was the subject of a manhunt, made the FBI 10 Most Wanted List, and was recaptured in 1950.

With me so far?

Now, suppose you wanted to learn more about this fellow, and, say, wanted to make an FOIA request to the FBI about him. That’s what I want to do. However, in order to do so, thanks to the Privacy Act, I need to prove the subject is deceased, or can be “presumed deceased” (over 100 years old). Here’s the catch – I don’t know where or when he was born, or where or when he died. Even just finding a birthdate would be good, as I’m fairly confident he’d be over 100 today, and this exempt from the FOIA/PA restrictions.

Any good, fairly easy ideas on how to get his birthdate? I tried the obvious method – a FOIA request for any “most wanted” posters or other publicity/media materiel from the time he made the most wanted list… but the FBI won’t even reveal that (which, I like to think, would have his birthdate, or at least his age on it) unless I can prove he’s dead, which I can’t do without a birthdate… get the idea?

Any thoughts are welcome.

Published in: General, History | on April 12th, 2005 | Comments Off on Does anyone who might see this…