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The mysterious disappearance of William Bradford Bishop Jr.

William Bradford Bishop Jr. adorned FBI wanted posters for decades and was wanted worldwide. 46 years have passed since those fateful days in March 1976. William Bradford Bishop Jr. must now have reached the age of 86.

 

It's a gripping story, the kind of story fables are made of! Bradford Bishop loved scotch and wine, and he preferred peanuts and spicy food, according to his file with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington.

Over the years, the reputation of the fugitive Bradford Bishop became a legend, much like D.B. Cooper or the Isdal woman. There's even a song about him- "The Ballad of Bradford Bishop" composed by the group Coup de Grass from Charlottesville, Virginia.

Back in 2018, the FBI removed him from the ranks of the ten most wanted. Nothing had become of the case, and the FBI found no resolution. Neither did the local authorities in Maryland.  After all these years, clues are still coming into the FBI's Baltimore office.

The disappearance of the crime suspect is a complete mystery and several authorities over the years have come to believe that they inadvertently enabled Bradford Bishop to escape by issuing legend documents. The FBI is realistic about this case. "Even for seasoned travellers, it can be difficult to maintain a new identity in a foreign country," said Steve Vogt, special agent in charge of the Baltimore division. "If you are a US citizen, it is usually easier to hide in this country," he explained. "Americans overseas tend to stand out."

In the meantime-this was October 2014- police even thought they had found Bradford Bishop with the exhumation of the decomposed remains of one John Doe, a hitchhiker who was killed by a car outside a restaurant in Scottsboro, Alabama in 1981 and buried anonymously in a pauper's grave. But the genetic test came back negative, even though the two men looked alike.

 

In the Washington Post in 2014, the FBI described Bradford Bishop as " ... a seasoned world traveller fluent in five languages - as smart, savvy and able to blend in and build a new life in the United States or abroad."

It is likely that Bradford Bishop lives or lived in Europe. A further possibility is that he returned to California, where he was born.

Bradford Bishop was actually a normal guy who, according to the FBI, was a "hiker and camper who enjoyed canoeing, skiing and motorcycling".

Other sources believe that he went into hiding in the former Yugoslavia during the civil war from 1991 to 1995. However, according to a call from an anonymous tipster, there was also the possibility that Bradford Bishop had been taken to a consulate in New York.  This call was made two years after the actual event.

What had actually happened?

Bradford Bishop was linguistically a highly gifted person who in his younger years had served in the US Army in Germany from 1961 to 1963, then worked for the American State Department. Rumour has is he also worked for the CIA in countries such as Botswana in the Gaborone branch, which was at the time exotic. It is documented that he worked for the army's intelligence service in Italy. According to the FBI's in-depth analysis, there had been a security problem with Bradford Bishop in 1967 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Since his Army days, he had a clearance for top secret matters. But the CIA announced during 1976 that Bradford was too small a fish to have been the target of foreign agents.  He spoke Serbo-Croatian, Italian, French, Spanish and several other languages, which were then very useful to him during his probable escape.

Bradford Bishop is still wanted today for the murders of his wife, mother and children. He probably committed in the between the first and the 2 of March 1976 at their house at 8103 Lilly Stone Drive, Carderock Springs, Bethesda, Maryland.

The victims were Brad, 14; Brenton, 10; and Geoffrey, 5; Bishop's mother Lobelia, 68, and his wife Annette, an ex-cheerleader.

The exact timing of the murders is unclear. Witnesses at the subsequent inquest said they would investigate Bradford Bishop's involvement in intelligence activities in detail.

This is also the story of the famous ballet dancer Jacques d'Amboise, a soloist in George Balanchine's New York City Ballet. D'Amboise wrote in his memoirs that he almost walked into the drama that night in 1976. He and his wife had been invited to see the man he had known and respected for decades: Bradford Bishop.

In all the years before the crime, Bradford Bishop had been in and out of psychiatric therapy for treatment of depression. Otherwise, according to the investigating officers, there was no motive to be found for this grisly act. There was no evidence of infidelity towards his wife, no evidence of financial or professional problems. It became clear how wrong this statement was, when in 2017 the fugitive's daughter, Kathy Gillcrist was identified. She was an adopted child, of which she was aware. But Gillcrist did not know that her biological father- Bradford Bishop- was such a well-known man. Since then, the FBI has also been looking into the years Bradford Bishop was at Yale University, from 1957-1960. Perhaps a motive for the events of 1976 could be found in his years at Yale. He was prone to violent emotional outbursts, irascibility and took strong antidepressants. In 2014, it was revealed that he was bankrupt.

In March 2000 Lorene Klepacki of Asheboro, N.C., paid $38 at a flea market at the Greensboro Coliseum for an old diary. Inside the notebook was written, "Bradford Bishop Diary." A relative read about the Bradford Bishop case on the internet and called the Montgomery County Sheriff's office. The diary, which spanned the six years from October 1965 to October 1971, spoke volumes about Bradford Bishop. The name "Sonny" appeared in the diary and became the subject of much speculation as to whether she might have been the mysterious dark-skinned woman witnesses had seen in connection with the dumping of the bodies.

The trail peters out

Bradford Bishop murdered his family and then drove their dead bodies in a red Chevrolet station wagon to the area of Columbia, North Carolina, about 450 km from the actual crime scene in his native Maryland. He tried to set their corpses on fire in a previously dug hole. This was done with gasoline and other accelerants that Bishop had bought in Montgomery County.

He tried as best he could to cover his tracks. But at this point he was seen by a witness out with his dog and later probably in the company of a dark-skinned woman.

It was not until the 8th of March 1976, more than a week after the suspected crime, that a neighbour who had not seen the family for some time informed the police. One of the officers found blood, human bones, tissue, fibres and hair on the landing between the veranda and the front door, then on the floor and walls of the entrance hall, then all over the house.

The bodies of the family members, already found on the 2d of March 1976, were identified by means of the dental chart. The bodies were "overkilled", as the coroner recalled years later.

The car Bradford Bishop had used was found a few days later in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, near the Great Smokie Mountains, about 640 km from where the family had been found.

A witness testified that the car was parked there between the 5th and 7th of March 1976.A

After that, Bradford Bishop disappeared, with the exception that he was said to have been seen in a good dozen countries in Europe.

Three sightings were particularly interesting because they were apparently people who knew him from before or recognised him, such as a colleague who was with him on a business trip to Ethiopia.

Another witness recognised him in a park in Stockholm twice within a week.  She was absolutely certain, she stated to the FBI, that the man was Bradford Bishop.

She had not contacted the police because she did not know he was wanted for murder in the US. This all took place in July 1978, more than two years after the crime in Maryland.

In January 1979, Bishop was personally approached by a colleague in a public restroom in Sorrento, Italy. It is important to know that the witness, a certain Roy Alwin Harell Jr, knew Bradford Bishop very well and had spoken to him on the afternoon of his disappearance, according to the FBI files.

"Hi, you're Bradford Bishop?" And the man replied in a familiar American accent that he was not, and then fled into a busy city square in a literal downpour. He was poorly dressed, the witness stated.

On the 19th of September 1994, Bishop was standing a few meters away from a former acquaintance of the family, at the railway station in Basel, and she testified that he had got into a vehicle. Where he had travelled to, she could not say.

In 2010, authorities believed Bradford Bishop was living in Switzerland, Italy or a neighbouring state. It even came out that he had been in contact with a murderer at the state prison in Marion, Illinois, before the 1976 crime. Why, it was never clarified. Ken A. Bankston, as the man was called, died of cancer in prison in 1983, and he never revealed the secret of the correspondence.

Sources: 

State Department, USA

FBI

Washington Post

New York Times

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Crime scene: Stauboernchenstrasse, Kaiserslautern, Germany: Who killed Diana Bodi?

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At the end of a mysterious event

A witness called the police in Kaiserslautern shortly before 9 pm on Monday, December 14, 2020, that she had found a lifeless person near Staubörnchenstraße. The dead person was lying in a freely accessible area along the road. Initially, the dead woman could not be identified. Also, the path of the woman could not be reconstructed at first, or it was only possible to reconstruct in fragments what happened in the days before her death. It is probable that she walked through the city centre of Kaiserslautern drunk or at least intoxicated  before her death.  Diana Bodi is said to have a problem with alcoholic.

Who recognizes this tattoo? 

 

 

Tattoo, photo West  Palatinate Police/GMI

In the March 2021 programme of "Aktenzeichen XY ungelöst" (German police file TV), the case of the Hungarian Diana Bodi from Ozd (Hungary) was then broadcasted. The only thing that was surprising was the amount of the reward offered by the public prosecutor's office in Kaiserslautern (10,000 euros) for the clarification of the circumstances of the death of the woman who was found in Stauboernchen Street, practically in the centre of Kaiserslautern.

 

 

 

In the first days after the public appeal in December, the special commission of the Kaiserslautern criminal investigation department received more than 140 tips about the homicide.

The officers followed up all the clues and traces. These initially ended with a 31-year-old suspect, who was arrested in his flat on the spot. The public prosecutor's office in Kaiserslautern and the police did not provide any information on the circumstances that led to the arrest of the suspect for tactical reasons. The man, who denied any involvement in the incident, was then brought before an investigating judge. Meanwhile, however, the suspicion of the crime is no longer sufficient to justify further detention of the Syrian national. 

Ms Bodi worked as a geriatric nurse in various jobs in the Federal Republic and was presumably on her way to a new job in Trier-Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate. She must have come by train, an Intercity Express from Stuttgart via Mannheim. However, the train was delayed that day and did not reach Kaiserslautern until around 6pm on Friday, 11 December 2020.

Was Ms Bodi travelling with or without luggage, if so, where did this luggage go? What did the luggage look like?

Ms Bodi was 48 years old, 1.66 metres tall and weighed 63 kilograms, she had brown eyes and dark brown, curly, shoulder-length hair. On her lower right leg she had a dark tattoo in the shape of red flowers. Ms Bodi was dressed in a white winter jacket and red Puma brand jogging trousers. The trousers had a white stripe appliqué on the side of each leg. The dead woman was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and black, lined women's boots.

 

Was she accompanied? If so, who was she travelling with?

What happened between 11 and 13 December?

Where did Ms Bodi stay, who saw her?

At the beginning of December, perhaps as early as the end of November 2020, she had worked briefly as a carer in the Stuttgart area. Ms Bodi had cancelled another job in Munich at short notice, for health reasons. Ms Bodi had already been to Germany once in the summer of that year to work. It is unclear whether she met acquaintances in this context or became the victim of a chance encounter with her murderer.

What is clear, however, is that the perpetrator(s) brought the woman to the place where she was found using a handcart or a shopping trolley or similar. Nothing else is known. 


Who can provide information in this connection?

 


The German police are therefore asking: (Original Catalogue of Questions of the German Police, Translation)

For the route between Stuttgart, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Neustadt an der Weinstraße and Kaiserslautern:

 


Did you meet Diana Bodi on the train route between Stuttgart and Mannheim or between Mannheim and Kaiserslautern in the ICE or in the regional train?
Did you meet her at Stuttgart, Mannheim or Kaiserslautern station?
Was Diana Bodi in company, did she have a seatmate?
Did Diana Bodi ask you for food, alcohol, cigarettes or accommodation?
Did you perceive Diana Bodi in any other context?

For the Kaiserslautern area:

Did you encounter Diana Bodi around the main station between 11 December 2020, 6 p.m., and 12 December 2020?

Did you meet Diana Bodi on 12 December 2020, between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. near Staubörnchenstraße, Richard-Wagner-Straße, Humboldtstraße, Rosenstraße, Alleestraße, Eisenbahnstraße and the shopping centre "K in Lautern"?
Did Diana Bodi perhaps introduce herself to you as "Diana" or "Dia"?
Did she ask for food, drink (alcohol), cigarettes or a place to stay?
Did Diana Bodi offer you her services?

The investigators are also asking for information about one or more persons who might have transported a larger elongated object in the direction of Staubörnchenstraße in the period from 11 to 13 December 2020, in the late evening hours until around 11 pm. It is also possible that the object was wrapped or packaged. It is conceivable that the object was carried over the shoulder or by two people. It is also possible that the object was transported with the help of a means of transport, for example a sack barrow, a wheelbarrow, a trolley or a shopping trolley. A radius of up to 800 metres around Staubörnchenstraße is possible.
The Kaiserslautern public prosecutor's office has offered a reward of up to 10,000 euros for information leading to the identification or apprehension of the perpetrator*. Information can be obtained from the Kaiserslautern police by calling 0631 369 2620.

An anonymous tip line has also been set up under the telephone number 0152 11970863.

*The award and distribution of the reward will be decided without recourse to legal action. The reward is intended exclusively for private individuals and not for public servants whose professional duty includes the prosecution of criminal offences.

 

Note: We are also publishing the article in our English edition to address possible witnesses from the US forces stationed in Kaiserslautern or the surrounding area who may be able to provide relevant information on this incident. (German article)

 

Sources:  Western Palatinate Police (Kaiserslautern Crime Squad).

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Trump falsifies the presidential election in front of everyone

Update  November 4th, 2020

 

 

Trump has given the USA the characteristic of a dictatorship

 

 

Update  November 4th, 2020

Trump obstructs the election: As expected, Donald Trump declared himself the winner before the votes were counted. He forgot to mention that countless votes in the post offices have not yet been counted. How an incumbent president can declare himself the winner by electoral fraud is understandable to anyone, but it shows that Trump followed this plan from the beginning. Trump attacks legitimate vote-counting efforts and claims fraud without proof. For the normal observer, it looks more like the Democrats will win the election. From Georgia, for example, news is coming in that the election is incomplete. Meanwhile, Trump is trying to prevent votes that have not been counted from being counted. Even the Republican electoral lawyer calls Trump's claim an "agonizing moment"

 

 

 

 

The American Civil War of 1861-65 has not yet been dealt with, however much the generations that followed strove to forget Richmond, Gettysburg and all the other bloody battlefields.  

 

Now Trump comes along and tweets his hatred from his soul.

 

Trump is the most wretched thing that mankind has produced.  He serves white racism in unrestrained disgust for his profit.

 

He is a repugnant despot who has driven more than 200,000 Americans to their deaths. Through personal greed. It is a good third of the victims of the Civil War of 1861-1865. Trump accepts tens of thousands more victims to remain in power because he has to fear personal consequences for his actions.

 

He is a murderer and must therefore be punished. Everything else from the right are protective assertions to keep a disgusting despot in power. Trump has sold himself as the man with billions, he owns nothing, he is nothing. He only wants to win the election because otherwise he would end up in prison. That is where he must end up. He has torn the country apart. He has not kept any of his election promises, except those that have personally brought him money. Whoever votes for Trump chose terror from his ranks, disinformation, injustice, probably civil war. Those who vote for Trump vote for the contempt of a godless man who cages children. Whoever votes for Trump votes for the right-wing thugs who attack an opponent on the road. Who chooses Trump chooses the lie and the clan, the right-wing racists and the thugs. He manipulates the courts, threatens judges and tramples the law underfoot. Now he even plans purges in his second term of office, etc.

 

 

 

Trump is a perverted monster, he has more than 200,000 Americans on his conscience. He has facilitated an American genocide.  He, the self-promoter, doesn't care. Trump is the most disgusting specimen of man at the lowest level of what is called civilisation. Trump thinks of himself and his corrupt lying clan.

 

He forces the 2nd US civil war and knows nothing about Gettysburg because he does not care about human life. Trump morally rapes the minorities in the USA every day because it brings him profit, not because anyone understands what he is doing.

 

Trump prefers to play golf and blackmails the weakest in society. He was close friends with one of the most disgusting child molesters in society:  Jeffrey Epstein. He hates women, he hates everything that doesn't make money. Not one of his brazen election promises has he kept. He has exposed the USA to international ridicule. He is a demagogue like Mussolini, and we have long pondered what positive things he has done during his term of office. Unfortunately, nothing came to our minds. Not even after days of searching.

 

Whoever elects him will again choose the blood of the battlefields! The American people do not deserve that.

 

Vote for Biden to find your peace.  

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