Quiz on the world’s most wanted

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on March 09, 2018 Published on March 09, 2018

File photo of Osama Bin Laden

March 10 is the 51st birth anniversary of Osama Bin Laden. Perfect day then for a quiz on the world’s most wanted people.

1 Which notorious gangster was the first to earn the epithet, ‘Public Enemy No 1’, when he was described as one in a famous address by Chicago Crime Commission Chief Frank Loesch in April 1930?

2 Argentinian filmmaker Nicholas Entel followed a certain Juan Sebastian Marroquin Santos in his efforts to seek forgiveness in the acclaimed 2009 documentary Sins of My Father’. Santos met the likes of Rodrigo Lara and Luis Galan’s children. Who was Santos’s father?

3Zabiba and the King, written in 2000, is a novel that describes a love story between an eastern ruler and a commoner who has a cruel and unloving husband and is set in eighth-century Tikrit. Who was the author of this work, which was a bestseller in its country of origin?

4 Doctor Harvey Crippen was one of the most famous criminals of the early 20th century, murdering his wife Cora in 1910 and attempting to escape with his mistress Ethel Neave on the passenger ship, Montrose. Crippen was the first person to be captured with the aid of which recent technology?

5 If Once Upon a Time In Mumbai was all about the early years of Dawood Ibrahim, which notorious criminal is the subject of Quentin Tarantino’s latest project, dubbed Once Upon A Time in Hollywood?

6 Who was arrested by inspector Madhukar Zende in March 1986, at the O’Coqueiro Restaurant in Goa, just days after making a high-profile escape from Tihar jail?

7 Sriram Raghavan produced a short film on this notorious killer. The 1978 Tamil film Sigappu Rojakkal, remade in Hindi as Red Rose,was also based on him. More recently, Anurag Kashyap made another biopic on him which premiered at Cannes in 2016. Which criminal?

8 The farewell party for a certain George Mailhot on April 29, 1999, at New Delhi’s Tamarind Court restaurant was the scene for which despicable crime?

9 Which well-known Indian television personality was sentenced to life in jail in 2017 for the murder of his wife Anju in 2000?

10 She was born as Arizona Clark and travelled with her sons through their criminal career in the ’20s and ’30s. She finally died in a lengthy FBI shootout along with her son Fred in January 1935. By what epithet was she better known?


1. Al Capone, who, in his tax returns, described himself as a secondhand furniture dealer

2. Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug lord. Rodrigo Sala was the justice minister assassinated by the cartel while Galan was a presidential candidate who was also murdered by Escobar’s men

3. Saddam Hussein; the book was obviously a big hit in Iraq

4. Wireless telegraphy. The police were waiting for him when he reached Canada

5. Charles Manson, whose gang murdered seven people including actress Sharon Tate

6. Charles Sobhraj, wanted by the police in four countries and currently incarcerated in Nepal

7. Raman Raghav. Raghavan’s version had Raghubir Yadav in the lead while Nawazuddin Siddiqui played Raghav in Kashyap’s film Raman Raghav 2.0

8. The murder of Jessica Lall by Manu Sharma, who shot and killed her when she refused to serve him a drink

9. Suhaib Ilyasi. At the time of the murder, he was the anchor of the popular crime series, India’s Most Wanted.

10. Ma Barker, immortalised by the group Boney M in the song ‘Ma Baker’


Joy Bhattacharjya is a quizmaster and Project Director, FIFA U-17 World Cup

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Published on March 09, 2018
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