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Crime History: State Department officer kills family in Bethesda

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On this day, March 1, in 1976, U.S. Foreign Service Officer William Bradford Bishop Jr. bludgeoned his family to death with a sledgehammer inside their Bethesda home. Bishop had learned that afternoon that he was passed over for a promotion. He withdrew $400 from a bank and bought a sledgehammer. Bishop used the hammer to kill his wife, mother and three sleeping sons, William, 14, Brenton, 10,...

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