CRIME: The Bishop Murders

Alerted by a lookout tower, Forest Ranger Ronald Brickhouse rushed to a rural logging road five miles south of Columbia, N.C., to investigate a brushfire. Brickhouse arrived at the scene and discovered what looked like a small blaze, burning away with no apparent cause. Near by he soon found the cause—a freshly dug ditch with five smoldering bodies, two women and three young boys. Off to the side were a 5-gal. gasoline can, a shovel and garden fork, and some tire tracks.

North Carolina police were quickly summoned, and found that all of...

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