Susan Edith Saxe

Susan Edith Saxe (born January 18, 1949)[1] is an American who is one of only ten women ever to make the FBI's most wanted list, and one of three women from Brandeis University to do so. She was placed on the list on October 17, 1970,[2] and remained on it until March 27, 1975.

Susan Edith Saxe
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FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive
Born (1949-01-18) January 18, 1949 (age 73)
Hartford, Connecticut
AddedOctober 17, 1970
CaughtMarch 27, 1975

Saxe describes herself as a "lifelong radical activist, intersectional in outlook since back in the day when we just expressed it as the idea that “everything is connected.”"[3]


A student at Brandeis University, Saxe was one of several young radicals who were placed on the FBI's Most Wanted list in the early 1970s.[4] Along with Katherine Ann Power, Stanley Ray Bond, and ex-convicts William Gilday and Robert Valeri, she escaped from a bank robbery in Brighton, Boston, in which accomplice Gilday shot and killed Boston Police Department officer Walter Schroeder. She and her four accomplices broke into a National Guard Armory in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on Sept. 20, 1970, and stole a pickup truck, blasting caps and 400 rounds of .30-caliber ammunition. Saxe was on the run until 1975 when she was arrested in Philadelphia,[5] after a police officer recognized her from a photo distributed by the FBI the same day. She served seven years in prison. Her trial was one of the early cases for Nancy Gertner, who later became a federal judge. Gertner describes the trial as her "first big case".[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Saxe is a lesbian.[7] She is the sister-in-law of Hollywood screenwriter Josh Olson, and has appeared on his podcast series The West Wing Thing.[8]


  1. ^ Terroristic Activity: Hearings Before the Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws, of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-fourth Congress, First Session. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office. 1975. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  2. ^ Weiser, Sonia; Stone, Rolling (2016-06-30). "FBI Adds 10th Woman to 'Most Wanted' List: Meet Them All". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  3. ^ "Susan Saxe". Medium.
  4. ^ "Radical Fugitive Is Apprehended". The New York Times. 1975-03-28. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  5. ^ "316. Susan Edith Saxe". Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  6. ^ Nancy Gertner talks about her first big case as a lawyer, archived from the original on 2021-12-15, retrieved 2020-02-04
  7. ^ Raymond, Kaymarion. "Susan Saxe". From Wicked To Wedded.
  8. ^ Comedy, All Things (June 27, 2020). "11 B - Our Season Wrap w/ Susan Saxe". All Things Comedy.

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