In 1908, after Congress had adjourned for the Summer, Attorney General Charles Bonaparte used Department of Justice funds to employ 34 people, some being former secret service officers, to work in a new investigative agency. Since then, the FBI has undergone many changes and chased down some famous criminals. Though they’ve been out in the open all this time, the FBI still remains a relative mystery to many Americans. Here are a few obscure facts about the Bureau the help shed a little light.
Of the 518 people put on the FBI’s Most Wanted list since its inception in 1950, 484 have been apprehended or located.
The FBI spent two years investigating “Louie, Louie” by The Kingsmen because they believed it contained pornographic language. TWO YEARS!
The FBI really does have its own heist division. Since 2004, when it was created, they’ve recovered over 2,600 stolen items worth almost $150 million.
The FBI has investigated ESP (extrasensory perception) in the 1950s to figure out if it could be used in espionage. The program was eventually abandoned when they couldn’t produce any scientific data to back it up.