• Carl Eder
  • Age Progression of Eder

Real Name: Carl Alfred Eder
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Murder, Escape
Missing Since: 1974


Details: In November of 1958, Thomas Pendergast was driving to El Cajon, California when he picked up a 16-year-old hitchhiker named Carl Alfred Eder and let him stay with his family. On December 12, 1958, Thomas left for work, and during the day, Carl murdered his entire family. He claimed it was because one of the children was annoying him and he flipped out. Thomas' wife Lois, 4-year-old Diane, 2-year-old Allen, 6-year-old Thomas Jr., and 9-year-old David were all stabbed and slashed to death by Carl.
He was arrested two days later, convicted of first degree murder, and was sentenced to two life terms. Then, in 1974, he walked out of a minimum security prison in California and vanished. He was last seen in 1976 in the Calistoga and St. Helena areas, where he had been linked to anti-government groups like the Venceremos Brigade and the Symbionese Liberation Army. He was also known to have ties to the Berkeley and San Francisco areas, New York, Kansas, and possibly Latin America or Canada.
Eder would now be about seventy-five-years-old. He is 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. A $20,000 reward is being offered in this case.
Extra Notes: The case first aired as a part of a special alert in the February 8, 1989 episode, along with Thomas Noss Jr., Lena Regina Smith, and Joseph Mancini.
Results: Wanted