It's always fun to look at the LAPD's Most Wanted list, in part because very few people on it look like the Great White Defendants on TV crime shows. Most of the real life Most Wanteds look like this guy on the left: i.e., Extremely Bad TV.
However, five years ago, I pointed out in a post entitled "The Hot White Defendant" that it did have one eminently televisable Most Wanted on it,
Vannessa X, 5'9" and 125 pounds:
The suspect is articulate and claims to work in fashion design. The suspect dresses in very expensive looking clothes and speaks with a French accent. The suspect speaks five languages fluently: English, French, Italian, Thai and Spanish. The suspect can also speak some Arabic. The suspect is known to frequent the following areas: The Fairfax District in Wilshire and Hollywood Areas; Hollywood; Ocean Front Walk in Pacific Area; and West Hollywood.
A reader pointed out that she's probably about 1/4 Thai.
Today, I received an email from a law office
My office represents Vanessa X. Ms. X was the subject of your blog entry on May 7, 2006, entitled “The White Hot Defendant.”
Actually, my post was called "The Hot White Defendant" (a reference to Bonfire of the Vanities), but I kinda like your version better.
In your blog entry you discuss Ms. X's fugitive status. In August, 2007, Ms. X appeared before the Los Angeles Superior Court. The grand theft charges against Ms. X were dropped due to lack of evidence linking her to any of the crimes committed.
Unfortunately, she is still being affected by the unsubstantiated charges as whenever her name is entered into the Google search engine, your blog entry comes up in the first five hits. This has greatly limited Ms. X's ability to gain employment as all potential employers that search her name think she is a wanted fugitive.
I am writing this email to request that you remove your entry regarding Ms. X's fugitive status so that she can move past that unfortunate period in her life.
Always happy to be of service. In fact, let me offer some career advice: Miss X should contact Cameron Diaz's people about selling the rights to her life story in case the star of Bad Teacher wants to follow up her momentum with more sociopath roles. Alternatively, I'd probably rather watch Miss X in Bad Teacher 2 than Cameron Diaz.
Update: A couple of things about the LAPD's Most Wanted list: It's not totally demographically representative of of who commits crimes in L.A.. Instead, it's representative of who doesn't get caught, which is dominated by immigrants in part because they are a lot more likely to flee the country and stay Wanted. In contrast, African-American homeboys aren't all that common on the Most Wanted list because, having nowhere to go, they tend to get caught.
Also, these aren't necessarily recent crimes. I recognize a lot of these people from when I wrote my post a half decade ago. For example, there's a blonde guy on there named Torvald wanted for a kidnapping at gunpoint from 18 years ago. Presumably, he's disappeared back to Norway or wherever.