A man murders his son and his friend after a family argument.
In 1986, 21-year old Nancy Hyer and 19-year old Billy Fischer met by chance in South Hampton, New York. Their friendship began when Nancy became hopelessly lost on a train and was on the verge of tears. Billy stepped forward and offered to help, escorting Nancy home to Hicksville, Long Island. Debra McCabe remembered her sister’s friendship with Billy:
On a stormy night three weeks after they met, Nancy received a call from Billy. Nancy told her sister, Debra, that Billy needed a ride home from his father’s house in South Hampton, about 65 miles away:
Nancy’s mother, Joan Hyer, was also concerned:
When Nancy met Billy, he was deeply in debt and seriously ill with cystic fibrosis. Billy hadn’t spoken with his father in over a year, but he decided to ask him for help. According to New York State Police senior investigator Stephen J. Oates, Billy’s father, William Fischer, made a good living:
Billy’s father invited his son to visit for the weekend to discuss his money problems. The day after Billy arrived, he called Nancy and asked for a ride home. That night, Nancy’s mother waited anxiously for her return:
The next morning, when Nancy still had not come home, Joan and Debra began to panic. But the police couldn’t help because, technically, Nancy had not been gone long enough to be officially declared missing. They searched Nancy’s bedroom and found William Fischer’s phone number. Fischer told Joan that he had dinner with Nancy and his son, and that afterwards, the two left in Nancy’s car. Nancy’s sister, Debra initially believed him:
The next morning, when there was still no word from Nancy, Joan filed a missing person’s report. But with no proof of foul play, police were unable to help. Joan had nowhere to turn. So she called the last person who saw her daughter alive, William Fischer. Her suspicions grew when he became confrontational during the call:
Ten days after Nancy disappeared, police responded to a report of an abandoned car in a parking lot less than two miles from Fischer’s house. Investigator Stephen Oates was first on the scene:
Around that same time, police received reports from neighbors that Fischer had been re-modeling his master bedroom in the middle of the night. Police secured a search warrant. Slight indentations were observed on a section of the wall and it was removed. Two .22 caliber bullets were recovered. A single strand of hair was fused to one of the bullets. It was identified as Billy Fischer’s. Investigator Oates:
The evidence pointed directly to William Fischer. What could have driven him to shoot his son eighteen times and then murder a complete stranger?
Before a murder warrant could be issued, Fischer collected more than one hundred thousand dollars by mortgaging his house, and then disappeared. His car was found at JFK airport. Fischer has been on New York’s “most wanted” list for more than 30 years.