Minnesota's Most Wanted

Rafael Resendez-Ramirez

This 38-year-old native of Puebla, Mexico, the current poster boy on the Ten Most Wanted list, has 30 aliases and a penchant for hopping trains. He's also suspected in more than a half-dozen homicides, including the two that won him a spot among the FBI's Top 10 last week: a June 15 double murder in which an 80-year-old man and his 52-year-old daughter were killed in their Illinois home, just 50 yards from a Union Pacific rail line. Resendez-Ramirez's appearance on the list prompted a deluge of tips to the FBI, but the sightings reported by Twin Cities callers--who ostensibly spotted Resendez before, after, and even during the recent slayings--are being discounted, according to our FBI source. "Apparently there's a chef at a Chinese carryout place in St. Paul who looks a lot like him," our source explains. "Most of the callers also complained about the food. One lady said (and I quote), 'He's the owner; you can arrest him there right now. I ate the shrimp subgum and had the runs for a week.' This just happens to be one of those cases where an individual resembles a suspect and also owns a bad restaurant. It happens."

Gloria Louise Schulze

Schulze, a 36-year-old market researcher, is wanted on manslaughter charges stemming from a 1994 hit-and-run that killed 21-year-old Angela Maher. Schulze is thought to have been drunk at the time. The victim, a former president of her high school's chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), was on her way to pick up a friend who'd called from a bar asking for a ride because she was too intoxicated to drive. Based on tips from Twin Cities callers, authorities have reason to believe Schulze is now working in some capacity for the Hazelden rehab center, possibly as a lobbyist. She apparently developed a friendship with Sen. Paul Wellstone, who applauded her work on his 1996 mental-health parity bill requiring insurers to underwrite the treatment of behavioral disorders in the same way they pay for care for other illnesses. In early 1997 Wellstone asked Schulze to coordinate an intervention on behalf of a campaign worker. The senator told FBI agents he became suspicious that Schulze was not a Minnesota native as she had claimed when she replied that the Longfellow neighborhood activist's drinking was "her own damn business."

Joseph Jesse Espinoza

In 1982 Espinoza escaped from the Arizona federal prison from which he had allegedly hired two hit men to murder a pornographic book dealer. He has been on the lam ever since. A group of Edina High School seniors have told the FBI they remember him asking them for a cigarette this past St. Patrick's Day at the Déjà Vu strip club in the Minneapolis Warehouse District. According to the witnesses, the 55-year-old California native, who sports several distinctive tattoos, was sharing a pitcher of Coke with a group of on-duty officers from the Minneapolis Police Department at the time. "I think the officers were distracted," one of the Edina seniors commented when contacted by City Pages. "I mean, we never would have noticed the guy either, if he hadn't leaned over to bum a smoke. In a place like that, who cares what the guy sitting next to you looks like?" (Asked if the city's finest were aware they were buying pop for a wanted felon, MPD spokeswoman Penny Parrish had no comment.)

Robert Eugene Fairchild

Wanted for defrauding victims of approximately $2.5 million since 1994, Fairchild usually scams his victims by posing as an attorney or tax accountant, then soliciting money for bogus real estate investments. The FBI was about to give up on Fairchild, whose trail has been cold since August of 1997, when a tipster in St. Paul faxed in a photo of a man matching Fairchild's description hanging out with St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman. It seems that over the last few weeks, while Coleman has been out and about pitching community members on his plan to build a new baseball stadium for the Minnesota Twins, the 64-year-old fugitive has been functioning as a kind of consigliere; whispering advice in the mayor's ear, glad-handing bigwigs and working the abacus (according to documents gathered by the FBI, Coleman has recently claimed a pro-sports stadium would be profitable). Authorities are reportedly negotiating with Carl Pohlad, who may wear a wire when the Capital City Partnership, a local coalition of conservative business leaders, lunches with Coleman next month.

Glen Stewart Godwin

This former mechanic and construction worker was the first convict ever to escape from Folsom State Prison, where he was serving 25 years to life for a drug-related murder in the early 1980s, in which the victim was beaten and stabbed, and his body blown up in the California desert. Two years after his escape, Godwin turned up in a Mexican prison for dealing cocaine. While the U.S. was attempting to get him extradited, he murdered a co-inmate--with the intent, contend FBI officials, of convincing Mexican authorities to block his extradition. If that was his plan, he succeeded. He subsequently broke out of the Mexican prison. The 41-year-old fugitive has been at large since 1991. But last week several Twin Citians called the FBI to report that they'd sighted Godwin at the Stone Arch Festival of the Arts and wanted to collect the $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture. Unfortunately the bureau's dragnet descended too late. "We're pretty sure it was him," our FBI source tells City Pages. "He had a woodcarving booth. Loons and Christmas tree ornaments--Santas, elves, reindeer, all like that."

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