- On the
As he was running away from his foster
home, Bud said that he was "on the lam." This is a slang
phrase for fugitives fleeing from the law. Bud had a number
of close calls with the police. During the 1930s, the police
were very busy dealing with crimes much more serious than
Be a crime buster by learning about
criminals yesterday and today.
Process and Resources
- Today, we watch television shows to
find out about dangerous criminals. Go to the
Most Wanted page, do you
recognize anyone? What would you do if they lived next
- Bud described himself as just like
"Public Enemy Number One". In the 1930s people listened
to the radio. They heard about what the FBI called
fugitives, notorious gangsters, and public enemies. Scan
on the Program page to find
the answers to interesting FBI trivia. Use the boldfaced
questions on the Facts page to help guide you to the
answers. When you finish answering the questions, pick a
piece of trivia or interesting fact. Does this fact
surprise you? Why or why not?
- Was there really a "Public Enemy
- Who starred in the movie "The
- Who was the first woman on the
- How many "Ten Most Wanted
Fugitives" have been captured from citizens seeing
- Who is the star of the television
program "America's Most Wanted"?
- In what year did the "Top Ten Most
Wanted" list get started?
- Bud refers to John Dillinger, Pretty
Boy Floyd, and Baby Face Nelson. Who were these
criminals? Pick one of these three notorious criminals
and read about his life. Summarize the information into a
short news report that Bud might have heard on the
- Many criminals have an alias.
Sometimes they just have a nickname. Actually many people
use a second name or a nickname. For example, writers
often have a "pen name" or pseudonym. Check out the
in a name? website. Choose one
of the following two activities:
- Create a "what's my real name?"
- Invent a name for yourself or use
your real nickname. Write a story about how you got
- Bud didn't want to be called
Buddy. Do you have a nickname that people call you
that you hate? If so, write about your feelings about
Use the following guidelines for creating
your news report:
- Use the web pages to locate basic
information about your criminal.
- Remember the who, what, where, when,
why, and how of a good news report.
- When recording your audio, read
slowly, clearly, and don't get too close to the
Record an audiotape of your news reports
and send it through surface mail to a partner
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