crime The Most Evil People Currently in Hiding

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List Rules Vote for the most terrifying people who have somehow fallen off the face of the Earth

While many evil people are too dumb or greedy to get away with their crimes, some have managed to simply vanish, evading capture for years. A few criminals have managed to escape, either through connections in the underworld, the liberal application of fear, or the apathy of those around them.

Some are prominent terrorists hiding around the world, like former Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri or legendary cartel head Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. These are men so powerful that they've managed to hide in plain sight in their own countries, but have escaped the watchful eyes of international law enforcement. In Guzman's case, he's escaped prison not once, but twice.

Other famous evil people hiding in locales unknown are longtime members of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted, vicious killers who murdered children and skipped town. For them, life is a never-ending glance over the shoulder, to make sure the police (or the folks at America's Most Wanted) aren't on their tail.
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Joaquín Guzmán Loera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Evil People Currently in Hiding
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Better known by his nickname "El Chapo," the brutal head of the Sinaloa Cartel escaped from prison on July 11, 2015. Authorities believe he was able to tunnel out of a maximum security facility with the help of insiders. He is currently in hiding, but still likely controlling his empire.
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David Benjamin Creamer


David Benjamin Creamer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Evil People Currently in Hiding
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While not a murderer like the others on this list, David Benjamin Creamer is no less horrifying. Beginning in 1993, he was under investigation for running a massive child pornography ring, having allegedly made millions sending pedophilia CD-ROMs all over the world. He was arrested in 1997, but was released on bond and failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing, and hasn't been seen since.
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Ayman al-Zawahiri


Ayman al-Zawahiri is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Evil People Currently in Hiding
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The current head of Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden's mentor, al-Zawahiri has been in hiding since shortly after the US invasion of Afghanistan. It's thought that he's hiding in the hinterlands of Pakistan, and is still giving orders and cranking out videos.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Evil People Currently in Hiding
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First a prominent member of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, then the leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, al-Baghdadi is one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. His whereabouts are unknown, as is his the status of his health; he's been rumored to have been wounded by coalition airstrikes.

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Semion Mogilevich


Semion Mogilevich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Evil People Currently in Hiding
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Mogileveich is believed to be the top of the heap of the Russian mafia, directing a vast empire of drugs, gun-running, scams, and murder for hire. While he's generally believed to be living in Moscow, he also has passports for a variety of other countries, and could be in any of them.
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Ali Kushayb


Ali Kushayb is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Evil People Currently in Hiding
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A key figure in the genocide in Darfur, Kushayb has been charged by the International Criminal Court with over 500 assassinations, 20 rapes, and causing the forced displacement of 41,000 people. He was arrested in 2007, but released on a technicality, and hasn't been seen since. Though it's speculated he was arrested in Sudan in 2008, his location remains unknown.
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Yaser Abdel Said


Yaser Abdel Said is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Evil People Currently in Hiding
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Said went on the run after being accused of murdering his two daughters in 2008. He was said to be abusive towards his family and was indicted for sexually abusing his daughters, though the case was dropped. Authorities believe he lured his 17 and 18-year-old daughters into a cab and shot them. While Said is an Egyptian national, authorities believe he's working as a cab driver in New York.
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Matteo Messina Denaro


Matteo Messina Denaro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Evil People Currently in Hiding
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Sicilian mob boss Denaro has been in hiding for over 20 years, following a spate of bombings against anti-Mafia prosecutors. Despite his fugitive status, Denaro is believed to still be running numerous syndicate activities, and, of course, amassing great wealth.
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