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The Most Evil People Currently in Hiding

Updated March 27, 2019 15.9k votes 6.4k voters 470.5k views9 items

List RulesVote 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 seemingly 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 and warlords like former Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri and Joseph Kony of Uganda. The men on this list remain so powerful that they've managed to hide in their own countries or have escaped the watchful eyes of international law enforcement

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 aren't on their tail.

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    David Benjamin Creamer

    David Benjamin Creamer
    Photo: US Marshals / US Marshals / Public Domain

    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. He hasn't been seen since.

  • Ayman al-Zawahiri
    Photo: Hamid Mir / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0

    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. He is thought to be living in the hinterlands of Pakistan, continuing to give orders and crank out videos for his followers.

  • Mumbai crime kingpin Ibrahim is linked to a number of high-profile terrorist attacks in India, including the 1993 Bombay bombings that killed more than 250 people. He has also been connected to Al-Qaeda and other terrorist operations. Indian and US authorities believe he's living somewhere in Pakistan.

  • Abubakar Shekau
    Photo: Abubakar Shekau / Wikipedia / Fair Use

    The disputed leader of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has been seen only sporadically in videos over the past few years. The most recent, in 2018, left viewers wondering about his health. Group watchers are undecided on whether he's gone into hiding, or whether he's dead and the group hasn't admitted it.