The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on March 24, 1976 · 2
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Wednesday, March 24, 1976
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2 Boston Evening Globe - Wednesday, March 24, 1976 BIS Sometime during the night of March 1-2, inside the Bishops comfortable home in Bethesda, the family life which had been filled with experiences of living in Europe and Africa, ski trips, swimming meets and tennis matches, ended abruptly, brutally, mysteriously. Brad Bishop Jr., at mid-career as an aspiring diplomat, became a name and face on wanted posters. id William Bra Jr. slaughter his family? ..J - . D dford Bishop By Donald P. Baker Washington Post WASHINGTON The romance i of William Bradford Bishop Jr. and "Annette Kathryn Weis, for all out-' Hvard appearances, -personified the ideals of mid-20th Century America. Tall, handsome, intelligent Cali- Jfornia boy meets intelligent, beauti- fill, artistic California girl. Boy goes' to Yale, girl goes to Berkeley. Boy and girl marry. Boy has important successful career; girl pursues interests in the arts and athletics while : 'Caring for three young boys who are ' handsome, intelligent, etc. Then came what their friends and co-workers euphemistically now call "the incident." According topo- " lice, boy kills girl, their three sons and his mother. Sometime during the night of -March 1-2 inside the Bishops' comfortable, contemporary split-level home in Bethesda, the family life rwhich had been filled with experiences of living in Europe and Africa, ski trips, swimming meets, tennis matches, art classes and PTA meetings, ended abruptly, brutally, mysteriously. Annette Bishop, 37, and her sons, Brad 3d, 14, Brent, 10 and Geoff, 5, and Bishop's mother, Lobelia, 68, had been, according to autopsy results, fatally "bludgeoned with a blunt instrument." Brad Bishop Jr., 39, at mid-career as an aspiring diplomat, became a name and face on wanted posters distributed nationwide, a hunted man, believed to be .armed and dangerous, charged with the savage murders of his own, all-American family. The romance of Annette Weis and Bradford Bishop began in California. Annette was born in Toledo, Ohio, on April .14, 1938. Her parents, Gilbert and Eunice Weis, moved to California when she and her brother, Robert, were children. The family settled in the Los Angeles suburb of San Marino, and Annette attended nearby South Pasadena High School. It was there that she met Brad Bishop, the son of Lobelia Amaryllis and William Bradford Bishop, an independent geologist, who lived in South Pasadena, the Los Angeles suburb. Brad was born Aug. 1, 1936. , At Yale, Bishop was remembered as an above-average' student aca-:, demically. He played freshman football, talked about being a doctor, and was very gregarious. 0. Bishop would have graduated 'with' the Class of 1958 at Yale, but he dropped out just before the start; of, .his . senior year.. One friend thought it had something to do with a shortage of money at home his father was always complaining about how. the. big oil .companies were "rough on a private geologist." Brad took a job "digging ditches." When he -returned in 1959, he had given up plans to become a physician. ;;, ;.; ' . ;' y Shortly after -he was graduated from Yale, .in 1959", Brad and An-, nette were married,'-in San Cle-mente, where her family had moved, and where her parents still live. yV Brad enlisted in the Army on ug. 7, 1959, at Ft. DiS, N.J. After basic training at Ft. Benning, he en-tolled in the student battalion of the Army's intelligence school at Ft. Holabird, in Baltimore. ' Bishop finished intelligence School in. the summer of 1960, and immediately was sent to the Army's language school in Monterey, Calif., where he learned the Serbo-Croatian language.. : . While the Bishops were living in Monterey, their first son, William Bradford Bishop 3d, was born, on Aug. 14, 1961. -. Just 10 days after his son was born, Bishop was assigned to the 163d military intelligence battalion, in Europe, where his wife and young son soon joined him. For the next two years, Bishop served in Europe, primarily in Italy, where he carried out mundane spy- . ATTENTION TEAMSTERS ', LOCAL 25 MEMBERS EMPLOYED UNDER THE NEW ENOLAND SUPPLEMENT OP THE NA ' TIONAL MASTER FREIGHT AGREEMENT A epeelal Meeting will be held Sun. day, March 28, 1978 at 9:00 A.M. at the Symphony Hall, cornar of Mas-anchusetta Avenua and Huntington Avenue, Boaton, Maaaachusslta. (Enter hall at the Masa. avenua en-' trance) at which time an explanation will he given on the contenla ot the National Master Freight Agreement' and Ita aupplementa. william J. McCarthy , President Teamntera Union Local 2S ing efforts such as listening to Yu- goslavian , radio ' broadcasts - and translating Serbo-Croatian publications into English. He later joked to a friend that his "big spy job", called, for him to infiltrate a Yugoslavian ; ski team that was appearing in Verona. - - - When his four -year enlistment , : ended oh Aug. 14, : 1963, Staff JSgt. Bishop accepted his honorable disr, charge in Verona. The only medal . he showed for four years and eight ; days of military service was' for good conduct. The Bishops stayed on Globe Wire Services Actor , Ted Knight's 28-year-old son has been cleared of charges of burglary and receiving stolen property. Ted Knight Jr. and codefendant Howard Klein, 21, were charged with the burglary of a Woodland Hills, Calif., dentist's office, but the charges against both men were dismissed for lack of evidence. Knight's father plays television newscaster Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. David J. Fitzmaurice has been selected to head the 250,000-member International Union of Electrical Workers. Fitzmaurice, currently secretary-treasurer, will succeed Paul Jennings, who announced last week that he was resigning because of health reasons. Fitzmaurice joined the union in 1946 while working at a General Electric Co. plant in Cleveland. He has been a national officer since 1968. Prime Minister Liam Cosgrave says he found "full understanding" in the United States for his efforts to stem the flow of money and arms from Irish-Americans to the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Cosgrave returned to Dublin yesterday from a week-long US visit. Edward E. Johnston, 58, announced his resignation as high commissioner of the US Trust Territory of the Pacific, a group of 2200 island with about 100,000 residents. A former chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party and a Honolulu insurance company executive, Johnston will take a position with a travel association. His resignation comes in the wake of a critical Interior Department report which charged poor management and alleged misuse of Federal funds. White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen says he has been assured by President Ford that ' in future he will be fully advised of all White House business. White House aides failed to tell . Nessen that Richard M. Nixon's . China trip report had been sent to-Mr. Ford last week. White House reporters asked Nessen about the report Monday, and Nessen said it was yet to be de- - livered. Nessen then learned that it had been delivered, and he said he "went up and talked to the President" about it. "I have no problem with his support," Nessen said. "But he did indicate that anyone else who is jn the White House will have to cooperate. I'm suppposed to ' know everything that's going on." ' , i 4- v 'A-'':' RON NESSEN VI i , I: t j,' :.,.t v. .in Italy, and Bishop enrolled at the Florence campus of Middlebury (Vt.) College, where he studied Italian., . ; , 7- The family, returned to . the United States In the spring of 1964, and Bishop obtained a master's degree in Italian; at the main Middle--bury "campus in Vermont.-- ' ' That; summer, the; Bishops returned to California where, on July 30, '..their second son, Brenton Germain Bishop, was born, in Pasadena. NAMES AND 4 jr I 'J ," ' ? Just when he was getting used to newspapers . . . owner's invention: A doggie toilet. As he gets on, it a miniature Schnauzer in Park Ridge, 111., tries out trips device that flushes as he leaves. (AP) David Kennedy, 19, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, was reported in "satisfactory" condition today at the Massachusetts General Hospital, undergoing treatment for pneumonia. He was admitted March 4. His brother, Michael,. 18, was fined $35 Monday after pleading guilty in district court in Hooksett, N.H. to charges of driving 86 mph in a 55 mph zone. Judge Kenneth R. McIIugh assessed the fine after Kennedy, of McLean, Va., entered a plea by mail asking that the "matter be kept as quiet as " possible." ' Millionaire oil company head Armand Hammer, pushed into Los . Angeles.; court in a wheelchair and carefully watched by cardiologists, yesterday was fined $3000 and put on probation for a year for making a secret $54,000 donation to Richard Nixon's 1972 presidential campaign. The 77-year-old financier who has been hospitalized since Jan. 20 with a heart ailment, told the judge: "This is the first time I have been charged with a criminal of- fense and I greatly regret my ac ARMAND HAMMER In the fall of 1965, Brad came to. Washington and, armed with a master's degree and fluency in two foreign languages, he entered the State , Department's foreign service program. . .'".; .... .: . . ... At age 29, Bishop was the oldest member of the group of 30 candidates who attended an eight-week orientation course and then a 20-week program of study at the Foreign Service Institute's old headquarters. "Because of his age and lan FACES r pi tions. I trust in time I'll be allowed by your honor an opportunity to continue to be a useful member of society." - Clayton Smoke of Toronto says he would have burned the lottery ticket that won his son $100,000 last week had he known the problems it would cause him. ' His son Judson, 10, won the ticket in a local radio station contest. Smoke's : difficulties began Monday when he tried to get some of the $100,000 to help his familly. Smoke, unemployed since October, must pay $1700 in 15 days to keep his mobile home. Officials told Smoke that he may receive monye for his son's maintenance, but only if an Ontario court approves. The money will be held in trust until Judson is 18. A massive California indictment against C. Arnholt Smith was expanded to 54 counts with new charges of tax cheating and grand theft in his sale of the San Diego Padres. Smith pleaded innocent yesterday in San Diego to charges of state income tax evasion for 1973 and filing false ;S; iHitteiiilfiiififflitWTfr ;ffliiWteiw C. ARNHOLT SMITH hr ' 'l: a .... X . guages, Brad entered at the highest level" for new foreign service officers, one classmate recalled. By No- - vember, Bishop had been promoted to Foreign Service Officer grade 7. "Brad was intellectually superior, clearly one of the brightest guys - in the class," said another FSI classmate. Shortly before Christmas 1965, Bishop got his first overseas assignment, as a junior officer in the US embassy at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Bishops quickly became an , hJMj if - ,1 -ff tax returns for 1973 and 1974, . as well as the grand theft chage. Lorne Greene and Michael Landon, father and son in the "Bonanza" series, have gone their separate ways on the television screen but were back in the saddle together yesterday to face a common foe the state of California. They brought suit against . the state for failing to follow through on a promise to buy 2000 feet of ocean front property they own on Corral Beach. The state government decided in September, 1974 that the land should be a public park and appropriated $2 million to buy it, the suit said, but no offer has been made to them. Movie stars Charlotte Ramp-ling, Diane Keaton, Charles Bron-son and his wife, Jill Ireland, were named yesterday to take part in the annual Academy Award presentations next Monday in Hollywood, Calif. Miss Keaton was named to the cast by the Motion Picture Academy and the others will serve as Oscar presenters. CHARLOTTE RAMPL1NG : . Wit mi A i'ymf-g0 integral part of the small American, community there. Edward Korry,; who was the US ambassador at the time, rated Bishop as a "first-class foreign service officer whom I pushed along as fast as I could." Annette Bishop was, Ambassador Korry recalled, "among the liveliest of the American mission wives." Bishop was named a consular officer in Addis Ababa in January 1967 and promoted that June. In January 1,968 he was transferred to Milan, where his fluency in Italian helped him advance in his career. His next promotion, to FSO 5, came in Italy, in May 1969. The Bishops were rotated back to the US in 1970, as is customary in the foreign service, and Bishop was sent back to school.. this time to the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). .: He attended UCLA- for three quarters, got five A's, four B's, and was graduated in mid-1971 with a second master's degree, in African studies. ; The Bishops lived in their hometown of South Pasadena that year, so Annette and the boys were able to spend considerable time with her parents and on Feb., 12, 1971, their third, and last, son Geoffrey Corder Bishop, was born, in Pasadena. Bishop returned to Washington and the State Department in June 1971, and was assigned to the East African Office of the Bureau of African Affairs. When the Bishops moved back to Washington that summer, they were accompanied by his mother, who, following the death of her husband, had sold the house in Pasadena. When Brad was posted for his next foreign assignment, to Gabe-rone, Botswana, in January 1972, it was a family of six husband, wife, mother and three sons who made the trip. In Botswana, Bishop was deputy chief of the mission, a position that made him second only to the ambassador. He had been promoted to the rank of FSO-4 after earning his second master's degree, and one of his FSI classmates who keeps close tab on such matters noted that "Brad was the first one in the class to make it to Grade 4." Persons who either knew the Bishops in both Ethiopia and Botswana, or who had friends who did, noticed a slight change in the family on the second trip to Africa. "Annette wasn't so anxious to play the loyal State Department wife bit," said one. "She didn't always jump in and volunteer to bake cookies or help with the constant rounds of dinner parties." The change might have been attributed to the presence of Bishop's mother, an active, youngish-looking woman who was anxious to take her share of responsibilities in the family. Mrs. Bishop Sr., as Lobelia was known, took over part of the household chores and especially liked to play with the baby, Geoff. The relief permitted Annette to "do her own thing," according to one friend, and increasingly she turned to her long-held interests in artThe Bishops returned to Washington in 1974 and settled into the modern frame house in Bethesda, Md. It is a neighborhood of upwardly mobile families, including several other State Department foreign service officers, and the Bishops fit in beautifully. They joined the Carderock Springs Tennis and Swim Club, where the older boys swam competitively and Brad and Annette were popular tennis partners. And again, because, according to some neighbors, the senior Mrs. Bishop "acted like the mother of the family," Annette was free to pursue her interest in art. Two years ago Annette enrolled as a full-time student at the main campus of the University of Maryland in College Park. ' Joseph Ferraiolo, her faculty adviser and sculpture instructor, said Annette was "very enthusiastic. She worked in a determined kind of way," often coming to the campus on days when she had no classes.

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