Carl Alfred Eder Wanted for 50 Years for Murder of Woman and Her Four Children
Published by Junior Staff Writer on January 21, 2014
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 16-year-old Eder hitchhiking, and took pity on him. Pendergast offered to let Eder stay in their home in El Cajon 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. He left a note reading, “I’ve done enough time and I’m leaving.”
He was last seen in 1976 in the Calistoga and St. Helena areas of California, where he’d been linked to anti-government groups like the Venceremos Brigade and the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Eder was also known to have ties to the Berkeley and San Francisco areas, New York, Kansas, and possibly Latin America or Canada.
Eder is a skilled cabinet maker and wood carver. He also had experience as a lab technician.
Eder would be more than 70 years old today. He’s described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, 175 pounds, with blond or gray hair, blue eyes, scars on his left hand and abdomen, and a mole under his left eye.
These are age enhanced sketches and a photo of him during his trial.