Born in Chicago, Illinois
Born March 19, 1932
5 feet nine inches tall
blonde hair blue eyes,
Tattoos: panther on right shoulder
heart pierced with an arrow on left shoulder
Described as a sadist who would not hestitate to beat a victim to death, he is an expert
pistol shot, exercises and lifts weights regularly and is proficient in judo and karate.
John William Clouser escaped from a Florida mental facility on April 2 1964. It was the Florida State Hospital in Chatahoochee, he had been adjudged mentally insane. He held two hospital workers hostage, made them drive to Columbus GA and released them stealing a car there.
federal warrant issued at Montgomery, Ala., on April 9, 1964, charges Clouser with transporting a stolen car from Georgia to Alabama, where the stolen car was recovered abandoned.
A former police officer,trial
Clouser was admitted to the
Florida State Hospital in February,
1964, after being adjudged
mentally insane He
was then facing numerous
criminal charges and had earlier
been convicted of participating
in the robbery, kidnapping
and beating of two theater
managers. His conviction
was appealed, however, due to
a state error, and he was released
and granted a new
Thursday August 22 1974
FLORIDA FOX SURRENDERS
SAYS HE'LL RUN NO MORE
Clouser, the : "Florida
. Fox" .who eluded police
for 10 years and once was
;on the FBI's "10 Most
Wanted" list, kept his
word and surrendered
Wednesday, saying "the
fox will run no more."
• The 42-year-old Clouser,.
who surrendered to o f f i -
cers in front of the Flori- .
da Department of Criminal
building, was accompa--
nied by his attorney,,
James Siff, and a writer,
One of Clouser's stipulations
in surrendering was
that he be permitted to '
conduct a news conference.
and Clouser took the
opportunity to protest his
innocence and plug the
book he is writing with
. Fisher, "The Most Wanted
Man in America."\CLOUSER, a police
. detective for five years in
. Orlando before being forc-
.' ed to resign because of
: alleged underworld connections,
was sought on a
long string of charges
; ranging from kidnaping to
;• Siff refused to let him
.'•'•discuss the charges, but
| Clouser nodded in agree-
• ment when newsmen
asked whether he had
Clouser said he had
always planned to surren-
' der and had tried;to give
himself up to the late FBI
director, J. Edgar Hoov-
• er, but Hoover would not
: t: "The fact that I have
been a hunted man has
never left my conscious or
subconscious mind and I
have never really known
a day of perfect peace or
contentment," he said.
He said he realized the
life he made for himself
in San Francisco— where
he married while a fugitive—
and his two sons by
his first wife in Orlando
were "too precious for me
to abandon, so I decided
"BY MEANS of telling
my story as 'the most
wanted man in America'
to author David Fisher, I
hope to raise enough to
pay for my defense.
Florida Fox will run no
A native of Chicago,
Clouser has had eight
known aliases, the latest
being Dennis Roy Simons,
the name under which he
lived in San Francisco.
• Clouser, forced off the
• Orlando police force in
1961, was' charged two
months later with kidnap-
! ing, robbing and beating
two theater managers. He
, was convicted and sentenced
sentencedas (John) Dillinger,
to 30 years in
prison, but won a new
trial on appeal. .
Instead of a trial, the
judge found him incompetent
and sent him to the
mental hospital at Chattahoochee,
from which he
escaped, ' ..
Once described as deadly
Clouser also1 is charged
with grand larceny, assault
with intent to .'commit
murder, and escape.
After the news conference,
he was taken away
to be photographed and
fingerprinted and then
sent to the mental institution
from which he fled in
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
has issued Ihe following
John William Clouser, one of
the nation's 10 inosl wanted
"Clouser, an armed and ex-
! r e m e I
y dangerous escapee
from a Florida mental hospital,forced their way into the employee's car
who has vowed not to he laken
alive, has been added to the
FBI's list of 'Ten Most Wanted
"Clnuser, who has reportedly
termed himself the "Florida
Fox,' is currently charged with
transporting a stolen motor vehicle
between Georgia and Alabama,
following his escape on
April 2, 1964.
"On Ihe night of April 2, Clouser
and three other inmates fled
from the mental ward of the
Florida Slate Hospital in Chatla
h o o c h e e , Fla. They then
crossed the nearby slate line
into Georgia and, armed with a
knife, accosted two hospital employes.
The escapees reportedly
and forced the couple to accompany
them to the Columbus, GA area.
The hostages were robbed but released unharmed
and their car was recovered abandoned
at Montgomerey, Ala. several days later.
Three of the escapees have been apprehended
but Clouser remains at large.
A Federal warrrant charging Clouser with the
of a stolencharged with criminal trespassing
motor vehicle, was issued al
Montgomery, Ala., on April 9.
"denser was admitted to the
Florida State Hospital in February,
1SKH, after being adjudged
legally insane following a breaking
and entering charge in Orlando,
Fla. Prior to his admittance
to the menial hospital, he
had been charged with a large
number of criminal offenses.
"On October of 1951, Clouser
was arrested by the Knoxville,
Tenn., Police Department and
. The case was later dismissed.
In 1956 he was employed as a
police officer in Florida, but resigned with
prejudice in August 1961, when questioned about
participation in criminal offenses.
In September of 1961, Clouser was arrested
by the police department that formerly employed him
and charged with participation in the robbery, kidnapping
and beating of two Orlando, Fla., theater managers.
In 1962, he was convicted on these charges and sentenced to 30 years
in the Florida State Penitentiary.
CLOUSER WAS not behind
bars for long, however. In July,
19C3, he appealed this conviction
and, due lo a state error, was
released from prison and granted
a new trial. Clouser ap
pcared in Florida Slate Court onneck.
Aug. 21. 1963, and was granted
a continuance u n t i l Scpl. 9, 1963.
lie failed to appear on this dale.
H has been alleged that after
| his release from prison Clouser
'committed two burglaries and
two armed robberies in which
he brulally heal two of his victims.
"John William Clouser is a
while American born on March
29, 1932. al Chicago, III. He is
5'9" tall, weighs from 175 lo 200
pounds and has blond hair and
blue eyes. His hair has reportedly
been dyed black and lie
has been known to wear a
beard, wig and mustache, lie
has a slocky build, ruddy complexion
and carries a latloo of a
panther on his right shoulder
and one of a heart pierced by
an arrow on his left shoulder.
Known as a wearer of considerable
jewelry, he reportedly often
has a brown wooden "tiki"
doll on a chain around his
THE ARGUSSaturday, January 4, 1969
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John William Clouser, a Florida mental hospital escapee, who has
vowed not to be taken alive, is one of the FBI's "Ten Host Wanted
On the night of April 2, 1964, Clouser and three other inmates
escaped from the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee and reportedly
forced two hospital-employees to drive them to the Columbus,
Georgia, area. The- hostages were robbed lint released unharmed. A
Federal warrant issued at Montgomery, Alabama, on April 9, l964
charges Clouser with transporting a stolen car from Georgia to Alabama,
where the stolen car was recovered abandoned.
A former police officer, Clouser was admitted to the Florida State
Hospital in February, 1964, after being adjudged mentally insane. He
was then facing numerous criminal charges and had earlier been
convicted of participating in the robbery, kidnapping and beating of
two theater managers. His conviction was appealed^ however, due to
a state error, and he was released and granted a new trial.
He is a white American, born at Chicago, Illinois, on March
29,1932.He is 5'9"ta ll, weighs from 175 to 200 pounds and has blond
hair, blue eyes, a stocky, build and ruddy complexion. He is tattooed
with a panther on his right shoulder and a heart pierced with an arrow
on his left shoulder.
He is described as a sadist who would not hesitate to beat a victim
to death, is an expert pistol shot, exercises and lifts weights regularly
and is proficient in Judo and Karate. Consider him extremely
Should you receive any information concerning the whereabouts of
John William Clouser, you are requested to immediately notify the
nearest office of the FBI, the telephone number of which may be
located on the first page of local telephone directories.
MONDAY. NOVEMBER 18. 1968
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Clouser has been marriedeat steaks, watch football and baseball
three times, likes constant female
companionship and considers
himself a "ladies' man."
Acquaintances have accused
Clouser of being a braggart, a
'mama's boy" and a sadist who
likes to start fights when he is
drinking and would not hesitate
to beat a victim to death.
He reportedly likes to play poker,
games and drink beer or bourbon whiskey.
Clouser known as a neat dresser
who prefers sportplays the guitar, speaks and
clothes, reportedly likes big,
late-model cars, books on politics,
government and crime,
men's magazines and pornographic
literature. He reportedly
likes western music, sings and
reads Spanish, associates withworker and police officer.
homosexuals and hates law enforcement
He has been employed as a
clerk,' shoe salesman, iron
Clouser has reportedly sentarmed and extremely dangerous.
threatening letters to various
officials and boasted that he will
never be taken alive. He is said
to be an expert pistol shot, to
exercise and lift weights' regularly
and to be, proficient' in
Judo and Karate. In view of this
and his past criminal and mental
history, he' must be considered
Clouser, also known as Jack Clauser, John William Clauser, Jack W. Clouser, and Chuck A. Williams, escaped from a Flor- ida mental hospital. ...