FBI: Man Suspected of Brutally Killing His Family May Be in L.A. area

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A rotational view of a bust that the FBI created approximating what William Bradford Bishop Jr., now 77, might look like today. Bishop is suspected of killing his entire family in 1976 and was put on the FBI’s Most Wanted list last week. (Credit: FBI)

A man authorities dubbed the “family annihilator” for allegedly bludgeoning his mother, wife and three sons to death with a hammer nearly 40 years ago may be living in Southern California, FBI officials said.

William Bradford Bishop Jr., 77, hasn’t been seen since the day after authorities say he killed his family in Maryland in March 1976. After driving to rural North Carolina, where he allegedly burned and buried the bodies, Bishop bought a pair of sneakers in Jacksonville, N.C., and disappeared, the FBI said in a news release. He was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list last week.

Investigators are taking a second look at the case as part of an initiative to revisit cold cases. Agents commissioned an artist to create a bust that approximates what Bishop would look like today, nearly 40 years after the killings.

Known for being an avid outdoorsman, authorities say, Bishop could be living in plain sight somewhere in Southern California. He has connections to Pasadena and an affinity for the Sierra Nevada mountains, officials said.

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