Carl Alfred Eder Wanted for 50 Years for Murder of Woman and Her Four Children
Published by Junior Staff Writer on May 20, 2013
The FBI is currently seeking Carl Alfred Eder on a warrant charging him with escape. Agents report that in 1958, Thomas Pendergast of El Cajon, California picked up a hitchhiking Eder, and took pity on him. Pendergast offered to let Eder stay in the Pendergast home until Eder got a job and got back on his feet. Six weeks later, Eder murdered Pendergast’s entire family, including his wife Lois, and his children Diane, David, Thomas Jr. and Allen.
Eder told investigators that he became enraged when four year-old Diane Pendergast began annoying him. He grabbed a shotgun and shot Lois, and then proceeded to stab and eviscerate the children.
Eder was convicted of the murders and sentenced to two life sentences. In 1974 he escaped from the California Correctional Institute in Tehachapi, and is still at large.
These are age enhanced sketches and a photo of him during his trial.