Bethesda Historical Society

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William Bradford Bishop

William Bradford Bishop, Jr. is wanted for allegedly bludgeoning to death his wife (age 37), mother (age 68), and three sons (ages 5, 10 and14) in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 1, 1976. He then allegedly transported their bodies to Columbia, North Carolina, where he buried the bodies in a shallow grave and lit them on fire. In March of 1976, Bishop was charged locally with murder by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Rockville, Maryland, and then charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Read more at FBI Most Wanted: Willam Bradford Bishop, Jr