Bradford Bishop

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An age advanced sculpture of Bishop in 2014

William Bradford Bishop Jr. (born August 1, 1936) is a former United States Foreign Service officer. He has been a fugitive from justice since allegedly killing five members of his family in 1976.[1][2][3] On April 10, 2014, the FBI placed him on the list of its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.[4]

His last posting, which began in 1974, was at State Department Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as an Assistant Chief in the Division of Special Activities and Commercial Treaties.

Bishop was born in Pasadena, California. He studied at UCLA and at Yale University.[5]

In 1976, after getting upset for not getting a work promotion, Bishop bought a sledgehammer and a shovel and murdered his wife and three children as they slept at their home in Bethesda, Maryland.[6] With the bodies loaded into the station wagon, Bishop allegedly drove 275 miles (443 km), about a six-hour drive, to a densely wooded swamp off North Carolina Highway 94, about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Columbia, North Carolina. He would later burn the bodies and bury them in near the swamp.[7]

Bishop has been spotted several placed in Europe by former State Department employees in Italy, Stockholm and in Switzerland.[8]

In 2011, it was believed that Bishop died in Hong Kong and later in France, these proved to be false.[9] In 2014, the FBI exhumed the body of an Alabama man who was killed in a road accident in 1981, believing he was Bishop.[10] After DNA of the man was tested it was revealed the dead man was not Bishop and that he remains alive.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bishop still wanted in family's death". The News & Observer. Feb 26, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-10.[dead link]
  2. "The Bishop Murders". TIME. March 22, 1976. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
  3. Duggan, Paul (March 2, 2006). "Where Is Brad Bishop?". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
  4. "New Top Ten Fugitive – 'Family Annihilator' William Bradford Bishop Jr. Wanted for 1976 Murders". fbi.gov. April 10, 2014. Archived from the original on April 16, 2014.
  5. "The Man Who Got Away". bethesdamagazine.com.
  6. Tisha Thompson and Rick Yarborough. "Inside the Evidence Room in the Hunt for William Bradford Bishop". NBCWashington.com. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  7. "Getting away with murder Manhunt: The 21-year-old search continues for a Bethesda man who murdered his family but kept the dog". Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  8. "William Bradford Bishop Jr". Reader's Digest. 1999. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2012-07-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. "William Bradford Bishop Wanted In 1976 Bethesda Murder". WUSA (TV). Feb 23, 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Tisha Thompson. "FBI: Body Exhumed in Alabama Not That of William Bradford Bishop". NBCWashington.com. Archived from the original on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-16.