Bethesda Family Annihilator 40 Year Search To Resume

BETHESDA, MD — Authorities are planning a public relations push this spring in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee to spark new interest in a murder that happened 42 years ago in Bethesda.

Police are searching for William Bradford Bishop Jr., who is on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List and accused of killing his family on March 1, 1976. Bishop allegedly beat his wife, three sons and mother to death with a hammer, the FBI says.

When they died, Bishop’s sons were ages 5, 10 and 14. Bishop — a Yale graduate with an impressive passport — allegedly drove all five victims’ bodies to Columbia, NC, where he buried the bodies in a shallow grave and lit them on fire.

Knoxville-based WBIR-TV reports authorities say it’s possible that Bishop is hiding out in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On March 18,

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