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FBI adds Yale graduate to
its Ten Most Wanted list

Thirty-eight years after he allegedly bludgeoned his family to death, the FBI has added William Bradford “Brad” Bishop ’59 to its Ten Most Wanted list.

It was March 1976 when Bishop, a foreign service officer in the US State Department, allegedly used a hammer to kill his wife, mother, and three young sons in their Maryland home. He then drove the bodies to North Carolina, dug a shallow grave, and set them on fire before fleeing, the authorities say.

The FBI believes Bishop, who would be 77 years old, is alive. And despite his globe-trotting career and fluency in five languages, they believe he may still be in the US, the Washington Post reports:

“Brad, I believe you are likely watching this message,” Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin said into a bank of TV cameras, making a direct appeal to the Yale-educated amateur pilot. “You’ve been living with this on your conscience now for 38 years. I am the voice for your family who can no longer speak. The time is now for you to contact law enforcement.”

An American Studies major who entered with the class of 1958, Bishop played freshman football and joined Delta Kappa Epsilon. According to the FBI, “He drank scotch and wine and enjoyed eating peanuts and spicy food. Bishop was described as intense and self-absorbed, prone to violent outbursts, and preferred a neat and orderly environment.”

And, the FBI adds, Bishop “had been seen in many photos wearing his class ring from Yale, something that meant a lot to him and that he still may have or wear.”

“It’s a gold ring,” Special Agent Stephen Vogt tells the Post. “It had significance to him.”


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  • Borden Richard White
    Borden Richard White , 11:08pm August 25 2014 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    I was looking at your ten most wanted pictures and say William Bradford “Brad” Bishop [PICTURE im in Canada Cambridge Ontario theres a guy who looks just like him i called out his name hey Brad bishop hey bishop he looked around then he left i saw him again the next night and said hey bishop Brad Bishop he looked around again and left i saw him again the next night he was wearing a ball cap and sun glasses boy he looks just like him he as these sunken looking mouth with longer hair but looks just like him he cant see me but i saw him or what i thought to be him he comes around to this apt every other day 311 Clyde rd Cambridge Ontario Canada

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