Now 62 years old, Clay Waagner has spent 25 years of his life behind bars. He has escaped from prison numerous times.
He has been on the FBI’s famed 10 Most Wanted list, but also the U.S. Marshals Most Wanted list as well as the ATF’s Most Wanted list.
He is the only person in history to have made all of the top three law enforcement agency’s Most Wanted lists.
In his criminal career he has been convicted for crimes ranging from burglary as a teenager to armed bank robbery and domestic terrorism as an adult.
On paper Clay Waagner appears to be the classic career criminal, who should justifiably spend the rest of his life in prison. But there is more to the man than his criminal past.
He married his wife at twenty years old. Mary and Clay have now been married for forty-two years. They have nine children and sixteen grandchildren. During the middle of his life Clay learned to write computer programs and made a good living doing this for a decade. In 1985 he got his private pilot’s license and developed a love for flying. He lived in Alaska for two years and skippered a commercial fishing boat. He feels most at home on the water.
Anti-Abortion Terrorist to Prison
His brief time as an anti-abortion activist and extremist earned him a fifty year federal prison sentence. At forty-four years old he had to face the fact that he would have to live into his late eighties in order to ever leave prison.
Despite this fact, he and his wife, Mary, are still married. Not one to sit idly and with no previous art training or experience, he taught himself to draw and paint and is now an accomplished artist. In addition, he began to write and has written four books, two of which are published and two to be released later this year.
Clayton Waagner does indeed have a checkered past. A past he regrets. But neither his past nor his present handicaps have stopped this extraordinary man from fighting for a better future for his children, and their children.
Website and Social Media Manager
Hello, my name is Hope Dixon. I am Clay’s youngest child. I manage all my dad’s online profiles, book sales, and marketing. I took over managing my dad’s online presence because I wanted to be a part of what he was doing.
I often used to tell my friends that my dad was a great man – for saving thousands of lives – but a terrible husband and father – for his absence.
It was true then, but he is working hard to change it. I have been amazed at the growth I’ve seen in him compared to the man I’ve heard my mom talk about. I swear they’re different people.
I hope that one day he will be able to show his love to us in ways that he never did before. His life is so full of regret. I just hope it has a happy ending one day.
If you want to support Clay, but aren’t sure how, swing over to our support page for some ideas.