William Bradford Bishop Jr. is an American suspected murderer and fugitive who was a United States government foreign service officer in 1976 .
Bishop, is wanted for allegedly bludgeoning to death his wife (age 37), mother (age 68), and three sons (ages 5, 10 and 14) 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.
8 1/2" x 11" press photo dated on the March 8 1976 and reads, "Bradford Bishop Jr., above, is being sought as a missing person by Montgomery County Maryland Police in connection with the discovery of five members of his family last week in a shallow grave in North Caroline. The Bishop house in Bethesda, Maryland, was searched by police Monday where they found blood stains in the bed rooms and the carport."