February 29th, 1976
Bishop family murders: The home was the scene of the murders of five members of the family of William Bradford Bishop Jr. Bishop’s mother, wife and three sons were beaten to death in their home. The bodies were found in a wooded swamp, 5 miles south of Columbia, North Carolina. They had been burned in a shallow grave. Dental records were used to confirm that the bodies were, indeed, the Bishop family. William Bishop's station wagon was found abandoned at a campground at The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, only a few miles away from the Appalachian Trail. Bishop was added to the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. His motives for the killings were never fully explained, although it is believed that financial troubles may have played a role.