by Emily Bittner, The Arizona Republic
America's Most Wanted
Robert Fisher is the king of hearts on the
playing cards from "America's Most Wanted."
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Robert Fisher has long
been Scottsdale's chief fugitive, wanted for
three years in the throat-slitting murders of his
wife and children.
Now America's Most Wanted has crowned him
the King of Hearts in a card deck modeled after
the popular Iraq "Most Wanted" cards.
Fisher, 43, is also on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted
list and evaded authorities on a manhunt in
Arizona's north woods shortly after the killings
in April 2001.
As recently as February, authorities thought they
found Fisher in Canada, but the man turned out to
be a lookalike who was ruled out through dental
records and fingerprints. Investigators continue
to pursue leads in the case.
Producers at the television program, which has
featured Fisher numerous times, teamed with
Faceprint Global Solutions to create the deck of
cards, which will be released in stores in
Faceprint executives had long conversations with
America's Most Wanted producers about who
should be at the top of their fugitive heap.
"Who are the ones who give you a hard time and
you want so much to catch?" said Sylvie Traub,
vice president of marketing for Faceprint.
"They're all very bad criminals, but this one was
Producers wanted the cards to be an extension of the show.
"When there's a criminal on the run, they don't
walk in front of a police officer," Traub said.
"They live in society."
The deck is available now online at www.amwcards.com and about
25,000 decks have been sold, she said.
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