The 47th person to be added to the FBI’s Most Wanted list, Robert William Fisher remains a fugitive of justice. This Robert William Fisher wiki delves into his life, his alleged crimes, and his possible whereabouts—that is, if he’s even still alive.
Fisher is sought by authorities under suspicion of committing the heinous act of murdering his wife and two children in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2001. What’s more, he is suspected of blowing up his home with the bodies of his slain family members inside. The only official suspect all these years later, Fisher has disappeared without a trace.
|About Robert William Fisher|
|Birth||April 13, 1961 Brooklyn, New York|
|Spouse||Mary Jean Cooper Fisher (deceased)|
|Children||Brittney Jean Fisher, Robert "Bobby" William Fisher|
|Parents||William Fisher, Jan Howell|
Robert William Fisher Wiki: Who Is He?
Robert William Fisher was born in 1961 in Brooklyn, New York.
His parents’ divorce in 1976 was noted by friends and family to have left a major impression on him over the years. It was an extremely difficult separation.
Fisher once told a coworker that, had his mother not left, his life would have likely turned out much differently.
Following a stint in the U.S. Navy, Fisher held a variety of jobs, including firefighter, surgical catheter technician, and respiratory therapist.
He also had a love of the great outdoors, fishing, and hunting.
Robert William Fisher’s Wife
In 1987, Robert William Fisher married Mary Jean Cooper, born October 3, 1962.
Unfortunately, the couple’s married life wasn’t a happy one; they were said to have had a lot of problems.
Fisher’s mother noted that after her own husband had treated her like a doormat, she saw signs that her son’s relationship with his wife was much the same.
Robert and Mary argued often, usually regarding money or their sex life (or lack of it). Although he didn’t hit his wife, he wasn’t above humiliating her in public.
Robert Fisher was unfaithful to his wife at least once, telling coworkers that he had a one-night stand with a prostitute. He was concerned that Mary would find out due to his resulting urinary tract infection.
The couple attended marriage counseling at their local church.
People who knew Fisher said that despite everything, he said that he couldn’t handle the idea of his family splitting apart, and that he vowed that he and his wife would never separate.
Mary, however, had told friends that she was planning to leave Robert; this is generally accepted as the primary motive for the murders.
Robert William Fisher’s Children
Robert Fisher did not have a better relationship with his children.
The couple had two kids.
Brittney Jean Fisher was born on April 27, 1988.
Robert “Bobby” William Fisher was born on September 21, 1990.
A detective on Fisher’s case described him as an “ultra-control freak,” micromanaging every aspect of Brittney and Bobby’s lives, from when they woke up and went to sleep to what they ate and wore.
He didn’t know how to communicate with them either, thinking that Bobby not wanting to hunt or fish was a phase that he’d grow out of, and thinking that the best way to teach his children to swim was to toss them off a boat.
Friends described Fisher as closer to his dog than to his children.
The high level of control also applied to other parts of the family’s lives, such as their home in Scottsdale, Arizona, in which the walls couldn’t be any color but white, and only minimal pictures were allowed.
Psychologists believed that Fisher’s control issues were tied to his experience of his mother leaving his family, stating that trauma caused by divorce often creates a major fear of loss.
On April 9, 2001, around 10:30 p.m., neighbors heard the couple fighting at their Scottsdale, Arizona home.
Around 10 hours later, on the morning of April 10, 2001, Mary Cooper-Fisher was killed by a bullet fired into the back of her head. Brittney and Bobby Fisher were killed by having their throats slit all the way across.
Mary was 38 years old, Brittney was 12, and Bobby was 10.
Then, at 8:42 a.m., the Fisher family home, in which the bodies still lay, suddenly exploded and was engulfed in flames. The explosion was so strong that it rattled homes within 800 meters of the blast.
Some smaller explosions followed later. It’s suspected they were triggered by firearm ammunition or paint cans inside the house.
Authorities determined that a gas line had been pulled out of the furnace at the back of the house in order to hide evidence. The gas was set off by a candle, believed to have been lit by Robert Fisher.
Where Is Robert William Fisher Now?
The delay in the detonation is estimated to have given Robert William Fisher 10 hours to escape before the house blew up and authorities started looking for him.
Fisher was not named as a suspect until April 14, 2001. However, he remains the only suspect to this day.
A state arrest warrant wasn’t issued until July 19 of that year. Police charged Fisher with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson. The FBI added him to its Most Wanted list on June 29, 2001.
Evidence as to where Fisher went was discovered on April 20 of that year. That day, his wife’s vehicle and the family dog were located in Tonto National Forest near Young, Arizona—about 100 miles from the family home in Scottsdale.
Police searched the nearby area, although they admitted that there were caves in the area they didn’t check thoroughly enough.
The FBI continues to have Robert William Fisher on its Most Wanted list as it seeks information on his whereabouts, offering $100,000 for any tips that help bring him in. There have been several possible sightings over the years, and at least one case of mistaken identity, but so far everything has been a dead end.
Fisher has ties to New Mexico and Florida. He may have taken on a new identity. The fugitive is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Of course, that’s if he’s even still alive. Many experts believe that considering what Robert William Fisher said about his inability to function without his family, he may have committed suicide shortly after the murders.
See the FBI wanted poster here.