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Bethesda Father Sought for Killing Family Likely in Italy Says WTOP

An author who has reportedly worked with police on the Bradford Bishop murder case tells WTOP that the Bethesda fugitive is likely living in Italy.

An author who has reportedly worked with police on the Bradford Bishop murder case tells WTOP that the Bethesda fugitive is likely living in Italy. Credit: FBI website
An author who has reportedly worked with police on the Bradford Bishop murder case tells WTOP that the Bethesda fugitive is likely living in Italy. Credit: FBI website

The Bethesda father of three sought by local and federal authorities for allegedly using a hammer to kill his wife, mother and sons in 1976 is likely living in Italy, according to WTOP.

William Bradford Bishop Jr. -- wanted for the brutal murders of his wife, mother, and three sons in Bethesda in March 1976 -- was named to the Most Wanted list on Thursday, authorities announced. A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading directly to the arrest of Bishop, who investigators believe may be hiding in plain sight.

A Montgomery County grand jury indicted Bishop in 1976 for the murders of his mother, wife and three sons, ages 5, 10, and 14. Authorities have no sightings of him, and say they don’t know if he’s still alive or if he died in the past four decades. But they want to resolve the brutal slayings.

"In all likelihood he is in Italy," Jim Garret, an author who has studied the Bishop case extensively, told WTOP.

Garret has worked alongside Montgomery County police, providing and gathering information over the years. In an exclusive interview, Garret tells WTOP he has received credible information that Bishop is living in the southwest corner of Italy.

"The area that would suit him very well is along the coast between Naples and Sorrento," Garret says. "He has been sighted in other places that are close to this area."

Bishop, who worked for the U.S. State Department, is fluent in numerous languages, including Italian.

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George DePew April 12, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Kinda looks like the mountain man that was arrested a few days ago for robbing empty cabins and so on .
Cheri Clark April 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Looks like my crazy curmudgeon neighbor - who has a dog, a real bad attitude, and a scowling face I'd like to punch. Sorry. Are you sure he's in Italy?
runymede April 13, 2014 at 08:03 AM
This is a terrible tragedy but I don't consider Bethesda as a Baltimore suburb but a Washington suburb. Why should this story get a mention on this site ?
ladypoet April 14, 2014 at 01:14 PM
Catch him and do the same as he did to his family. This was such a heinous crime. Who could kill your own mother, children and the mother of your children? A no good demon!
Patrick Carter April 14, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Find him and fry him. He should die regardless of his age. Italy probably won't help because of the Amanda Knox case. I say govt should put a hit on him.

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