FBI Search for 'Family Annihilator'

By: Millie Warren Email
By: Millie Warren Email

RENO, NV - A man who is wanted for the 1976 murders of his wife, mother, and three sons is now on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List, and may be hiding out in your area.

According to the FBI, William Bradford Bishop, Jr., also known as the 'Family Annihilator,' used a hammer to kill his family, including his 5, 10, and 14-year-old sons on March 1, 1976.

Investigators believe he drove to North Carolina with the bodies, buried them in a shallow grave, and set them on fire.

The FBI says the last confirmed sighting of Bishop was one day after the murder at a sporting goods store in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

A publicity campaign regarding Bishop began last week around April 10, 2014. Since this campaign, the FBI's Baltimore Division received a large number of tips in areas where Bishop lived and worked, according to the FBI.

They say Bishop was born in Pasadena (and still has associations in the area), and has an affinity for the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Investigators believe there is a 'strong possibility' Bishop could have returned to Southern California, the Sierra, or Nevada, saying he is familiar with these areas.

While there is no evidence to pinpoint Bishop's whereabouts, investigators say they're strengthening their publicity efforts in the Western United States.

The FBI is offering a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the capture of Bishop. Anyone with information regarding Bishop can call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or by calling their local FBI Field Office.


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