CRIME

William Bradford Bishop, Jr. added to Most Wanted list

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WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - A diplomat suspected of killing his wife, mother and three sons in 1976 has been added to the FBI's list of "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives."

A rendering of what wanted fugitive William Bradford Bishop may look like today. (Courtesy of FBI)
A rendering of what wanted fugitive William Bradford Bishop may look like today. (Courtesy of FBI)
A rendering of what wanted fugitive William Bradford Bishop may look like today. (Courtesy of FBI)

William Bradford Bishop Jr. allegedly bludgeoned his family to death in their suburban Washington home. Authorities say he then drove 275 miles to North Carolina, where he dumped the bodies in a wooded area and burned them. The victims' bodies weren't identified until a week later, giving Bishop ample time to plot a getaway.

These photos may show the face of an aging killer on the run. If Bradford Bishop is still alive, an FBI age progression artist says this bust is what he looks like 38 years after he allegedly murdered his family in Bethesda.

Law enforcement officials hope that somebody recognizes him or that Bishop himself is watching.

"I am the voice for your family who can no longer speak -- the time is now for you to contact law enforcement," said Montgomery County Sheriff, Darren Popkin.

On March 1, 1976, Bishop was denied a promotion in the State Department’s Foreign Service. According to police, that is when he went to his home in Bethesda, and one-by-one murdered his mother, his wife, and his three sons.

Then, he vanished.

Renowned tennis pro Jack Schore knew the family well from coaching the eldest son, and says he has never forgotten the horror of the crime:

"This family was the most American family we've ever seen, they were out of a Rockwell painting and they were just stunning."

Law enforcement officials say they have never forgotten the case either, and that a year ago, decided to move ahead with a new push to capture Bishop. On Thursday, they unveiled the bust and added him to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, which now means there is a $100,00 reward on his head.

If alive, Bishop is now 77 years old. He is described as extremely arrogant and prone to odd reactions to everyday situations. The FBI believes he may also still wear his Yale class ring.

"Brad Bishop created a new life for himself and he could be anywhere -- he may still be living in the United States, he may be hiding in plain sight," said Steve Vogt with the FBI.

Investigators have said it's also possible that Bishop fled to Europe and assumed a new identity. He is fluent in five languages.

People on the FBI's most wanted list have included Osama Bin Laden and James Earl Ray, who assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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