On the night of Nov. 28, 1980, Lawrence William Fishman, an accomplished 29-year-old who had worked as a lawyer, lobbyist, researcher and poet, walked into his parents’ home in Silver Spring, Maryland, and according to authorities, committed a crime that rocked the community to its core.

Investigators say he murdered his father, who was a local judge, and nearly killed his mother.

According to an old article in the Washington Post, Fishman shot his mother, Evelyn, in the neck and then chased his father, Frederick, with a gun, before shooting him in the back four times. The father died at the scene. Miraculously, Fishman’s mother survived.

Police found Fishman’s rental car a few days later abandoned in a parking lot near a bus terminal.

Fishman was spotted two months later in New Haven, Connecticut, outside a YMCA, according to the Post. A witness said Fishman was standing next to a telephone and recalled him saying he was going to someplace that was warmer. It was the last time he has been seen.

In 1981, two boys playing near a ditch in Prince William County, Virginia, found the gun used in the murder.

Despite the case receiving national attention, with television crime shows broadcasting the story, Fishman remains on the run 36 years later.

The FBI said Fishman suffers from severe mental illness and once expressed interest in traveling to South America. They also said he has ties to Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, Wisconsin, England and Israel.

Thirteen years after the murder, investigators told the Washington Post that Fishman may be hiding in California, where he received his law degree in 1977 from the University of California at Berkley.

A lead investigator assigned to the case said Fishman “probably has assumed a new identity and is now living as a law-abiding citizen.”

Wherever he is, Fishman remains a wanted man.

The FBI said he should still be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about Fishman’s whereabouts should contact their local FBI office.

They can also send an anonymous tip online.


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