The first person to be placed on the list was Thomas James Holden, wanted for the murder of his wife, her brother, and her stepbrother.
What is the purpose of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” Program?
Hairlines and waistlines are appraised, marriages and careers compared, insecurities awoken, changes in status noted, old wounds poked: normally solid citizens regress to their adolescent selves. Since December, when it broke into the open with a article and a televised press conference, St. “Elite boarding schools turn out an outsize number of societal leaders,” says Whit Sheppard, a Deerfield graduate who has written about being a victim of abuse there and now advises schools on handling similar crises (including, for a short time, St. “This is the part of the story that no one wanted to talk about.”Now they are being forced to talk about it.
George’s, an elite boarding school in Rhode Island, has been engulfed by a scandal over alleged sexual abuse spanning decades, with at least 40 alleged victims and a dozen alleged staff and student perpetrators. George’s is only one among a snowballing list of prominent prep schools recently shaken by accusations of abuse, as one after another is forced to reckon with a shameful past. Across the archipelago of prep schools clustered mainly in the northeastern United States, a truth-and-reconciliation process is fitfully unfolding as school after school sends letters to alumni acknowledging past abuse and asking if they, too, were abused. George’s, the process has been especially tumultuous, with a vocal, mobilized contingent of alumni calling for the headmaster to resign amid a polarized atmosphere of mistrust.
After headmaster Eric Peterson sent a letter to alumni in April announcing that the school would hold a “Hope for Healing” event during reunion weekend to acknowledge the abuse that had taken place at the school, some survivors reacted angrily that Peterson hadn’t consulted with them beforehand.
The resulting story generated so much publicity and had so much appeal that late FBI Director J.
Edgar Hoover implemented the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” program.
Yet another elite New England prep school is plagued by scandal—this time the picturesque seaside campus of St.
George’s, which has only recently confronted a largely concealed, decades-long history of sexual abuse by predatory teachers, staff, and students.